Telling friends and loved ones about your pregnancy can either be exciting or dreadful. Different people will take it different ways depending on the situation. Preparing and planning to spread the word that you are expecting will help make things go smoother for everyone. Once they know, they are going to have opinions about what you should be doing. Use this guide to prepare yourself for the coming months.
Knowing when to tell everyone that you are expecting can be difficult. Oftentimes, it is recommended that you wait until you are thirteen weeks along before telling anyone. This is because the highest number of miscarriages occur prior to the thirteenth week. You do not need to put yourself through the added stress of telling friends and family until you are sure that you are going to make it through this time.
Prepare yourself for negative reactions from some people. Some will not be happy that you are having a baby or will not understand why you are having the baby. Depending on your personal situation, this could be bad news for the people who love you even though you are happy about it.
Gather your closest friends and family so you can tell them all at once. Some people will be more sensitive about not being the first to hear the news than others. One gathering could be a great way to reduce the friction between family members in future months.
There is a good chance that people are going to want to rub your belly every time they see you. Prepare yourself for this. If this is something that makes you uncomfortable, tell people the first time they go to do it. You could also buy a maternity shirt that tells people to keep their hands off of the belly.
Plan for your pregnancy in ways that make you happy. Do not allow other people’s opinions about how you should be handling things influence the choices you are making. Become educated about all the things like breastfeeding and natural birth so you can come to these decisions on your own.
You need to decide if you want to know the gender of your baby. Many couples love the big surprise when the baby makes his or her appearance for the first time. Other couples want to know exactly what they are having so they can plan accordingly. This decision should only be made by mother and father.
There may be some disagreement about who is going to plan your baby shower. Many times, this responsibility is left to the best friend of the mother or the mother of the mother or father. If you can, try to get these people to work together to get your shower planned. This could end up being one of those disagreements that makes this wonderful time more stressful for you.
This is a time in your life that you are meant to enjoy. It can be difficult enough with all the negative symptoms that come with pregnancy, so do not allow your loved ones to take anything away from it for you. It is your time. Enjoy it.