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Choose Who You Tell Early Carefully

By January 18, 2013

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There is always a bit of discussion about who to share your pregnancy announcement with and when. I was about floored reading this story of one couple's experience of telling the wrong people about their pregnancy:

"We had waited almost until the end of the first trimester to tell people, but when we got together with my husband's friend and his wife, we were so happy that we couldn't help but tell them (plus I was showing quite a bit.). After they asked how far along I was, and learned that I was not quite 12 weeks, the wife said, 'God, there was a woman at my work who told everyone about her pregnancy in her first trimester and then ended up losing it. Wouldn't you feel like an idiot if that happened to you?' I was stunned speechless by her thoughtless insensitivity. By a cruel twist of fate, that very night when I went home, I started bleeding and the next morning an u/s confirmed the lack of a heartbeat. I learned some important lessons from this experience though: (1) always be gentle with others and resist giving opinions when people are going through challenges. (2) Choose carefully when you divulge sensitive personal info to people. Not everyone is worthy of your confidences."

What has your experience been?

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