Why do people tend to wait until the 12-week point to announce a pregnancy?
The risk of a miscarriage drops dramatically around the end of the first trimester, which is why this is a common time for people to make their big announcement. As much as 80% of miscarriages occur within the first 12 weeks. Couples waiting until the 12-week point before announcing their good news is no coincidence.
Once this stage is reached, an announcement can be made safe in the knowledge that pregnancy has passed its most critical stage and is likely to come to term.
When should I tell family and friends about my pregnancy?
Excited about your pregnancy, you may wish to share your joy immediately with parents, close family members, and friends. If the worst happens, it is likely that you will be turning to precisely these people for support, so if you want to share this news with them right away you should feel able to go right ahead.
When you reach the 12-week stage, you can then reveal your big news more widely to wider family, friends, and the world.
When should I announce my pregnancy to my co-workers?
Your pregnancy will be visible before long. The first person you must tell above all others in your workplace is your boss.
News travels fast, so don’t make the mistake of telling anyone else first.
This is big news for your boss to hear, so don’t try and drop it into casual conversation by the water-cooler. Make an appointment with them in a private area where you can speak to them face-to-face.
It is up to you when you choose to have this conversation. You may wish to give the news at a time that works well for you, such as the end of a project. If you are struggling with your pregnancy, you may wish to tell your boss sooner rather than later, so that you can get some support and take time off as necessary with their understanding.
Once your boss knows, you may wish to tell select colleagues before making a wide announcement further down the line. If you aren’t keen on this news circulating before you are ready, it may be best to keep it between yourself and your manager until you are sure that you are ready.
You are in charge of when you announce your pregnancy. Think about your needs and you’ll come to the right decision for you.