When to tell people

When to tell people

There is no right or wrong time to announce that you're pregnant.  Some people want to tell everyone straight away. Some tell just close friends and family at first. Others choose to wait until the end of the first trimester (after 12 weeks) or until after they've had the first ultrasound scan. It's up to you and your partner to decide together what's best for you. For more information about the different stages of pregnancy, visit our pregnancy timeline.

Who to tell

Choosing to tell close friends and family early can mean they have more opportunity to support you. However, everyone's circumstances are different and it's up to you and your partner to decide together who to tell and when. Another thing to bear in mind is that some people will take this opportunity to pass on advice, including horror stories. While it can be good to hear about other people’s experience, don’t feel you have to take their advice or feel bullied into making any choices which you’re not happy with. It’s your baby so it’s up to you.

Telling work

What you decide to tell colleagues and employers, and when, will depend on a few things, including your relationship with your boss and how you are feeling in early pregnancy.

It’s a good idea to make sure your employer hears the news from you, not through workplace gossip. You may not want to tell anyone until you’re past the first trimester, but you may need to let people know sooner if, for example, you’re suffering bad morning sickness, are particularly tired or are having other health problems.

Your antenatal rights don’t kick in until you’ve notified your employer. You have to tell your employer by the 15th week before the baby is due. The Equalities and Human Rights Commission has designed a website for young working mums called Power to the Bump. You can also find more information on Maternity leave  and other payments and benefits.

Telling children

Parents who already have a young child or children sometimes decide not to tell them until the pregnancy is further on. Nine months is a long time to a toddler! Children may well pick up on the information if other people know, however, so you need to judge for yourself how you want to
handle it.

Telling children about pregnancy can raise lots of questions for them, and depending on their age, they may want to know how it happens. If you would like help or advice on talking about this with your children ask your midwife.

Last Updated: 06 February 2018
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