(Closed) When did you tell your family you were pregnant?

posted 9 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How far along were you when you shared the news?

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  • Post # 3
    2512 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I actually had a really bad experience with my pregnancy that I wont go into detail with so I chose other.

    But I remember on the show Full House (way back in the day) one of the characters made a dinner of all mini/baby items (baby corn, baby carrots ect). That could be a cute way to tell your family. 

    Post # 4
    228 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m curious about this too….I know you’re supposed to wait to tell people until 12 weeks, but how do you keep it from your family?

    Post # 5
    127 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We are five weeks right now and don’t plan on telling family until 12 to 14 weeks.  I love my parents and in laws but if they were told today, the world would know tomorrow.  Heaven forbid something bad happens and then we have everyone to explain it to.  I would rather it be a happy surprise at a safe time.

    Post # 6
    7581 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I had no plans to tell anyone in my family that I was pregnant until after the first trimester. My Father actually guessed that I was pregnant when I was 10 weeks. That was a little bit of a game changer. So my parents and my sister found out then. We then kept it from DH’s family until I was 12 weeks along and had DH’s son from his first marriage, who is 4, tell his Mother and siblings at Thanksgiving. 

    As far as anyone else, they found out in our Christmas card, which featured this picture. It was a huge hit. The only thing is that we had to patrol fb, taking comments down, until everyone received it. 


    Post # 7
    2140 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Right away after I got digital test confirmation! I was 9 weeks. I wanted to wait for bloodwork confirmation but my husband could not wait!

    Post # 8
    691 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We told our parents and siblings right away. My stepmom knew we were TTC and was helping me with my chart, so I HAD to tell her. In turn, I had to tell my dad, my mom, and his parents. My siblings thought something was fishy when I wouldn’t drink on Christmas eve and they asked (jokingly) and I couldn’t deny it!

    We figured that if we m/c, we’d want the support of our families anyway. So far so good! 🙂

    Post # 9
    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Told parents at end of first trimester, and told brother, in-laws and everyone else at the beginning of 2nd trimester.  

    SHopped on etsy for presents to give them to tell the news.  Gave some in person and sent some in the mail. 

    For my Mom, and my grandmas, I got them grandma-to-be and great-grandma-to-be pins from here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/77645030/mom-to-be-grandma-to-be-aunt-to-be?ga_search_query=grandma%2Bto%2Bbe&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5267391  Highly recommend this seller.  Comes in a super cute box.  My Mom has her’s for her facebook status now and my grandma wore hers proudly at Christmas.  

    For my brother, found this on etsy and it couldn’t have been a more perfect way to share the news with him, since he loves fishing so much. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/62047103

    My Dad came to visit before I could orde him a proper gift from etsy so I used some glass paint and painted ‘grandpa’ on the base of a dollar-store wine glass.  (I have a history of giving him special glass wear that I have personalized….just a few).

    For the in-laws, we sent them this: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/61998918 (but of course it said ‘May’ instead of ‘August’. 

    Didn’t have to break the bank for any of these.  All well-worth the money.

    Post # 10
    9024 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I told my mom at 11 weeks and DH told his parents at 13 weeks.

    Post # 11
    4038 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

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    @mwitter80: Such a cute picture!

    I told my mom and BFF SIL (who we’re staying with at the moment) right away. We told DH’s family at Christmas, when we were just over 7 weeks along. If it hadn’t been Christmas, we probably would have waited untlil after we’d seen a heartbeat to tell them, but everyone was in the same place and it seemed right. I called my dad and stepmom after my OB appointment right at 8 weeks. Our two best friends (an angaged couple) know, but we’re holding off on telling anyone else until after the first trimester is over. 

    Post # 12
    643 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    We told our immediate families at 11.5 weeks, just in time for Christmas. We wanted to wait until Xmas to make it even more special. Had it not been around the holidays, I may have told my parents a little sooner 9-10 weeks (?). But we probably would have waited a bit longer (12-13 weeks?) to tell his family.

    We are telling our friends and work right around the same time– probably 15.5 weeks– simply due to a project that I have going on at work.

    Post # 13
    2025 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think I was right at 10 weeks. I wanted to wait until I was out of my first trimester, but after our ultrasound, my husband couldn’t hold it in any longer. 

    I made cards that said “Grandparents to Be” that just had a small note about a new delivery coming in April. I also framed the ultrasound and purchased a cute coffee table book called Life is Good at Grandma’s. I boxed it all up nicely and mailed it to all 3 sets of grandparents. We live in the same area as all of them, but I knew they would all fall apart once they found out, so we decided to skip telling them in person. Far too much crying and hugging for me. 🙂

    I wish we could have waited longer, though. I wasn’t really prepared for everyone to know, and my Mother-In-Law went crazy and pretty much told every person she had ever met. Like actually sent out a mass text.  And then started posting on her Facebook wall about it, even though I definetly hadn’t mentioned it to anyone but close family. I just wasn’t ready mentally for it to be public knowledge. I know she didn’t mean any harm by it, and was just super excited, but I was really stressed out and had a few breakdowns because people that I never talk to were calling right and left. 

    So my opinion is…don’t tell anyone unless you’re ready for everyone to know, at least if you know you can’t trust it staying a secret. It wouldn’t have mattered how much we stressed that we weren’t telling everyone; she still would have.



    Post # 14
    1550 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I can’t believe how long some of you guys waited–was it hard to wait that long?

    Hubby and I both live VERY close to our parents and see both of them at least 3 times (usually more) a week, we wouldn’t have been able to wait longer than we did!

    We told them at 7 weeks, 3 weeks after I had found out.

    Post # 15
    940 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    We waited until 20 weeks, after our anatomy scan, before we told everyone.

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