Sunday, September 16, 2012

Finding out that you are pregnant and telling people

Finding out that you are pregnant: When you find out that you are pregnant, you may feel happy and excited or even shocked, confused and upset. Everybody is different and you should not worry if you are not feeling as happy as you might have expected. Even if you have been trying to get pregnant, your feelings may take you by surprise. Some of these feelings may be caused by changes in your hormone levels, which can make you feel more emotional.
Even if you feel anxious and uncertain now, your feelings may change. Talk to your midwife, GP or family planning clinic, who will try to help you to adjust and will give you advice to continue with your pregnancy.
Men may also have mixed feelings when they find out that their partner is pregnant. They may find it hard to talk about these feelings because they don’t want to upset their partner. Both partners should encourage each other to talk about their feelings and any worries or concerns that they have at this stage.
However you are feeling, you should contact an NHS professional, so that you can start to receive antenatal care. This is the care that you will receive leading up to the birth of your baby.
Telling people you’re pregnant
You may want to tell your family and friends immediately or wait a while until you have sorted out how you feel. Many women wait until they have had their first scan before they tell people that they are pregnant.
Members of your family/extended family may have mixed feelings or react in unexpected ways to your news. You may wish to discuss this with your midwife.

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