Some women choose to wait to tell loved ones they are expecting. Why might they wait to share such exciting news?
Overwhelming Influx of Advice and Opinions
Family and friends will naturally want to give opinions and advice regardless of when you share the news. However, without all the knowledge you need regarding your pregnancy (such as the risk that your baby may have a genetic disorder or how a chronic condition may further affect your health), too much unsolicited advice might just add discomfort or anxiety.
This may be a special time for you and your partner to enjoy without too much interruption. It is important to take extra care during your first trimester and to avoid excess stress and anxiety.
Increased Risk of Miscarriage Before Week 14
According to the American Pregnancy Association, the majority of miscarriages occur during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. The first trimester is the most important time of growth and development for your baby. During this time, the fetus is in its most vulnerable state. Due to the rapid changes occurring in the fetus as well as in the mother’s body, the baby is at a higher risk of being harmed, both by these changes and from external factors. Complications may arise during the first trimester that may prompt your care provider to order prenatal screening.
Prenatal Screening Performed During the First Trimester
Advanced maternal age of 35 years or older, previous pregnancy complications, or a family medical history of a genetic disorder may indicate a high-risk pregnancy. If your pregnancy is discovered to be high risk, prenatal screening can offer more detailed insight into the health of your developing baby.
New technologies in prenatal screening include noninvasive testing. This provides information without the risks of other invasive prenatal procedures. Noninvasive prenatal genetic testing can be performed as early as week 10 in pregnancy and can provide information about your baby’s likelihood of having a chromosomal abnormality or other genetic conditions. Your doctor can provide more information regarding the results of your screening.
The Right Time to Share the News
There is no correct or incorrect time to share the news of your pregnancy. Each person differs in how they prefer to manage this information. Talk with your partner about what works best for your specific situation.