What an incredible moment.
Whether you've gone through the challenges of infertility or caught by surprise with the news, finding out you're pregnant can be an overwhelming flood of emotions.
From here, the next step is to announce the news. Aside from your partner, the rest of the people you keep in the loop is entirely up to you. Your announcements are perhaps the first big decision you'll have ahead and you can choose to stick to tradition or go your own way.
It all depends on your comfort level and how intimate you want the experience to be.
Let's get personal.
It's easy to lose track of yourself while you're pregnant and faced with all the challenges of keeping up with expectations. Sometimes it's nice to reel it back in and keep these moments for yourself. If you choose to keep things a little closer to home, it's no less special.
If you're trying to keep this experience a little more personal, choosing to only tell your partner, immediate family or a chosen set of confidants is the way to go. If you want more of a celebration, go out for a special dinner or have a small gathering at home to celebrate.
"Personal? No, we're renting a marching band!"
That's fine too!
Keeping things low key isn't for everyone! In fact, some new parents choose to throw full scale celebrations to announce the big news. Whether you're orchestrating a grand reveal or spreading the news on social media, it's your personal experience to share how you please.
The most important thing to remember is that this is your experience above all else.
Instead of feeling pressured to throw gender reveals, create creative ways to announce your family's new arrival or anything beyond, you should do what feels right to you.
There's no written rule that you need to rush your announcement or go with the flow. When it comes time to grow your family, it's important to remember that you are in control and empowered to make the decisions best for you and your growing family.