The first time I realized I was pregnant it felt like a magical, secret surprise. While I’ve always been a bit fearful at the sight of a positive pregnancy test, I have to admit that seeing one is a powerful moment — one I immediately want to share with others. Telling people you're expecting isn't always easy, though. People can be judgmental, and it's not uncommon to hear a negative reaction or two. So I say there are things every woman should do before announcing her pregnancy. After all, and even though every woman and every pregnancy is different, a human growing another human inside her body deserves to look out for herself first, foremost, and always.
The first time I ever found out I was pregnant, it was, well, unexpected. I hadn’t been dating my boyfriend for all that long yet, and I was nervous as hell about having to tell him. He was the first person I told, followed by my best friend. After that, I wasn’t sure how to go about letting the rest of the people in my life in on the secret. Eventually, I decided to roll out the news slowly, one by one, telling as many folks as possible in person. It just didn’t feel like something to mass text, you know? Telling my parents was the hardest, especially since I wasn’t married and they are old school Christian folk.
Eventually, once all the closest people in our lives knew, I blasted my pregnancy news on Facebook. Everyone’s different, and we all choose the way that works best for us when it comes to making a huge life announcement. But before you scream it from the rooftops, here are a few things I think you should do first: