Yesterday the Duchess of Cambridge rushed out an announcement that she is pregnant again after suffering from hyperemesis gracidarum (extreme morning sickness). She is yet to reach the 12 week stage, when most couples share their pregnancy news, but since she was too ill to attend engagements they went ahead with an official announcement.
Most news stories have referred to the fact that it is considered a premature announcement and it got me thinking about when is the right time to share pregnancy news with friends and family. I am approaching 13 weeks, supposedly a safer time, but due to our previous experiences we have kept it a secret from most of our friends and family. My reason for keeping shtum is mostly to prevent the pregnancy from seeming real while I am yet to know if this baby is for keeps. We intend to announce it when we have confirmation of the baby’s health. The only problem is that my swelling stomach is making it increasingly difficult!
Some are of the belief that to share early pregnancy news is risky when the chances of a miscarriage are higher. However if one was to experience a miscarriage would it not be preferable to have the support and understanding of friends, rather than suffering in silence? Perhaps a bit of openess stops women feeling isolated. I could not have dealt with our loss alone.
When did you announce?