Expecting a baby? Whether you know it or not, your parents will likely find out soon. When this happens, the first thing they’re going to wonder is why their adult child is having a baby. It can be hard coming up with an answer that satisfies your parents, but here are some of the most common ways that people tell their parents they’re pregnant.
When to tell them
Finding out you’re pregnant brings different emotions and reactions for everyone. The immediate reaction to the pregnancy news can be joy, shock, or confusion. Reactions are pretty normal. Give yourself time to process the news. Nobody is prepared for that moment, but an unplanned or planned pregnancy is the greatest blessing.
After you and your partner have processed the pregnancy news, the next thing you would want to do is to tell the news to your loved ones, especially your parents. Depending on your situation, whether it is teenage pregnancy or a planned one, you will think of the right timing and ways on how to tell parents you’re pregnant.
When it is a teenage pregnancy or an unplanned one, you may hesitate to tell your parents because you are nervous about their reactions. But it is normal for your parents to react, and you just have to allow them to process and sink in the news. If your family has been waiting for a baby, the pregnancy will be joyful news for your parents. If you’re worried about miscarriage, you may wait after the first trimester to reveal it. As much as possible, it is better to inform your parents immediately because, during the first trimester, pregnancy can be crucial. You must have experienced people who can support and advise you during your pregnancy journey.
The right timing in revealing your pregnancy is also significant. Tell your parents when you are ready, they are in a relaxed situation and have your full attention. Think of the right time, the right place, and the right moment. In this article we will tackle the right approach on how to tell parents you’re pregnant.
What can you say
It is important to use the right words on how to tell parents you’re pregnant. If you effectively communicate with them, you may get the reaction you want.
Here are some tips so you will sound articulate when announcing your pregnancy :
- Do not use words that would scare your parents in your opening phrase, and don’t make them anxious by beating around the bush
Do not say as if your pregnancy is bad news. Avoid talking in circles that can make them anxious. Say it straightforwardly but not to a point where your parents would think you are making a prank. You can say, “I have something to tell you, that it might give you joy or it might be difficult for you to accept at first. I am pregnant.”
- Anticipate their reactions and prepare your answers to their questions.
If the pregnancy is unplanned, expect a negative reaction at first, but allow your parents to process everything and avoid saying unnecessary words that may lead to an argument. If there is silence after telling them, let it be because they will speak when they are ready. When they have a strong reaction keep yourself calm and talk only when they ask questions.
- Tell your parents what you feel about your pregnancy and what you need from them during this time.
Be honest with your feelings. Tell them you have fears about the pregnancy, and you need their understanding and support. Your parents will consider your feelings and eventually will understand you and accept the situation.
How do you want to say
When you are prepared already with the words on about how to tell parents you’re pregnant, think of ways to say it. Your approach will depend on the situation that you are in.
- If your pregnancy is unplanned, you become nervous about your parents’ reactions. That is why a serious conversation is a better way to reveal it. Sit down with them, and it is better to have someone with you, like including the baby’s father during the conversation.
- If your parents have been waiting to be grandparents, surprising them with the good news is a good idea. And you can do it creatively. Instead of saying it verbally, you can convey your words through props. Here is a list of props you can use in revealing the news to your parents and customise them with your pregnancy announcement message :
- A Wrapped Positive Pregnancy Kit With A Lovely Card
- An Ultrasound Picture
- Baby onesie
- Grandma and Grandpa mugs
- Labelled wine bottles
- Diaper or milk bottle
Making a little effort will make your pregnancy announcement special and memorable. But the most important thing is, whatever reaction you may get from your parents, they will end up accepting your pregnancy.