Is there a certain way to announce to the world that you are pregnant? I didn’t really give it much thought to be honest. I have seen quite creative and fancy announcements, and in my mind, before I was pregnant, I imagined having some witty poem or such like emblazoned across my Facebook. It didn’t turn out that way really.
The first person I told, after my partner of course, was my sister. I texted her and it went something like this:
Me: I have some news for you
Sister: You’re pregnant, aren’t you?
Sister: How far?
Me: About 5 weeks
Sister: Let’s not talk about this again for at least 7 weeks
And that was that.
I told my mum and dad after I had an early scan (7 weeks) as I had been frightened it was another ectopic pregnancy. I was so excited I forgot my mum was down with my grandad, as he hadn’t been very well.
Me: hi mum, I have some news. I’m pregnant, I had a scan today and everything’s fine.
Mum: OHMYGOD AHHHHH CONGRATULATIONS – EVERYONE – EMILYS PREGNANT! Aaaah! here speak to grandad
Me: hold on….can we keep this to ourselves….oh hello Grandad, yes….I’m having a baby……yes, early days…..well I want going to tell anyone….hello? On hello Aunty sue, yes, oh thank you….due 3rd feb…..
So I didn’t really think it through. Most of my family knew before I really wanted them to.
We agreed we wouldn’t tell anyone else until after the 12 week scan. Close friends, family who hadn’t been at my granddads.
The awkward announcement
Well, I say that. Dan let it slip a few weeks before. When he was drunk. To his best friend – who’s sister was also best friends with his sister.
Cue a much hurried debate about whether to tell my partners sister the news. She must have known something was up, as she looked a bit pale and drawn. My partner told her over the Sunday dinner.
Partner: me and Em are having a baby
Sister: oh. Congratulations.
Where she preceded to cry and then run up the stairs.
Quite awkward really.
I think she felt a bit overcome with emotion, and probably thought all the secrecy was down to one of us having a terminal illness or something, or a bit upset she hadn’t known before. I think it was a relief and then she felt a bit silly maybe. She was fine the next day.
As for everyone else, we debated about the whole Facebook thing, and in the end we just put up an announcement when I was over 20 weeks. No scan picture, no carefully constructed photo, no witty poem. I was a bit over the whole announcement thing by then.
How did you announce your pregnancy?
How did you announce you were pregnant? How did people react?