Discovering you're pregnant is an incredible life experience. Many moms enjoy the experience of sharing the exciting news with friends and loved ones. We asked moms to share how they announced their pregnancies — and how long they waited to do it.
"We wanted to do something fun to announce our second pregnancy, so we dressed our daughter up in a 'Big Sister' shirt," says Amy, who is expecting her second this summer. "We took a picture and added some text and sent it to friends and family. Everyone thought it was a fun way to announce!"
"With the two younger girls we waited until we knew that they were girls and then announced along with their names. With Ike we made an announcement card along the lines of rounding out the basketball team because we had to announce before knowing he was a boy!" says Kimberlee, who recently welcomed her fifth child.
"The first time my husband and I found out I was expecting, we knew we wanted to be creative with our announcement. But at 9 weeks, I found out I was carrying twins! A simple phone call was not going to cut it," says Idoia, mom of three girls and a boy. "At the time, my husband was learning to play guitar and taking a lot of videos of himself playing, so when we sent our respective families yet another video, they weren't impressed. A few seconds into the video, I joined him and showed my cards. Our families flipped!"
"My spouse announced it to me," says author Sarah Kovac. "I thought the test was negative and forgot to throw it away. Hubby found it on the bathroom sink and came wandering out looking shocked [and asked] 'Is this real?' I admitted to him that I forgot to throw it away. He looked confused and asked me if I knew it was positive. Nope, sure didn't!"
When you're expecting, there are no hard and fast rules for sharing the news. The right time is the time when you feel comfortable sharing. When we polled moms, we received responses ranging from right away to well into the second trimester.
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