You’ve just found out that you’re pregnant! How are you feeling? No doubt your emotions are all over the place – and that’s not just the pregnancy hormones kicking in. Whether it was a planned pregnancy, a surprise, or something you’ve wished for for a long, long time, there’s suddenly an awful lot to think about and get used to. One thing’s for certain: this is the beginning of an incredible journey. Life will never be the same again!
Many people choose to keep their pregnancy a secret for the first few weeks, often until after the first scan, while others are bursting to tell people immediately! There’s no right or wrong time to announce your pregnancy; just do whatever feels right. Whether you choose to tell the world, just your nearest and dearest, or keep it totally under wraps, you may feel like you’re walking around in a bubble for the first few weeks. You most likely won’t be showing, or if you have a little bump it’s probably quite easy to conceal, but as you go about your daily routine you know your secret – you’re quietly growing a human being inside you! When you stop and think about it, it really is incredible.
As clever as the human body is, it can’t get on with growing a baby without having any effect on you whatsoever, so you may have to put up some, or all, of these symptoms:
These symptoms are a small price to pay but they can make life hard work, especially if you haven’t told anyone about your pregnancy. You can’t say anything to anyone about the way you’re feeling or the changes you’re experiencing (except your partner, who will have to put up with being the only person you can moan to. It’s the dad’s part of the pregnancy deal – you’re doing all the really hard work, remember!) Sometimes these symptoms, and the slightly strange behaviour that they cause, can be a giveaway, causing people close to you to guess that you’re pregnant before you tell them.
At around 12 weeks, you’ll experience the magic moment you’ve been waiting for – you’ll be able to see your baby for the first time at the dating scan. Hearing the heartbeat and seeing baby on screen can suddenly make everything seem real and it’s an incredibly emotional experience. Don’t be surprised if both you and your partner end up in tears – and don’t be embarrassed either, the sonographer will be quite used to it! The scan can also provide great reassurance that your growing baby is ok and everything is progressing as it should be with your pregnancy at this stage. It may even reveal a surprise is there’s more than one baby in there!
Once you’ve decided that the time has come to announce your pregnancy, there are some really fun ways to do it. A photoshoot using props, signs and incorporating siblings can create a beautiful memory look back on when baby’s older, and presenting a photo that reveals your secret will be a really exciting and memorable way to tell friends, family and loved ones. Just make sure you have a camera at the ready to capture their reaction!
What ideas can you come up with to announce your pregnancy?
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