Pregnancy and you blog

You're pregnant! How will you share the news?

By Mary M. Murry, R.N., C.N.M. March 26, 2013

I've admitted to all who read my blog that I'm no spring chicken. Still, memories of my pregnancies are still fresh. One of my favorites is confirming my first pregnancy.

At the time, home pregnancy tests were still a new phenomenon. I bought a double pack in case I needed to repeat the test, but I got the answer I was hoping for right away. When my husband came home, I showed him the test and you would have thought he'd invented the Internet, he was so proud. I was ecstatic — and proud, too, because my ovaries worked! I was busting to tell someone. I called my mother and then my best friend. I was on top of the world!

After those first few calls, we decided to hold the pregnancy announcement for the rest of our friends and family until after the first trimester. It didn't work that way, though. I looked so terrible that my secretary thought I was sick with some awful disease. I didn't want her to worry, so I confessed the truth. After that, the news in our small rural community spread faster than any Internet post. I didn't have to tell another person.

Things are very different now. You can take a pregnancy test before you miss a period, and you can make a pregnancy announcement to your entire contact list with a single post.

How did you announce your pregnancy? How long did you wait? How did friends and family react to the news? I'd love to hear about it. Share your stories!

March 26, 2013