Week 6 of Pregnancy: Sharing the News with the Grandparents

Because of the unhappy end to my first pregnancy the year before, I was exceptionally nervous about sharing the news about my pregnancy with my daughter. In fact, I did not share the news with the majority of the people that I knew until I was about sixteen weeks pregnant. However, I did want to tell my parents that they were going to be grandparents. And what better day to let my mom and dad know about their first grandchild than Mother’s Day! So, during week 6 of pregnancy when I still weighed just 120.3 pounds, I shared the news of my impending happy arrival.

My dad’s birthday is in early May and usually falls near or on Mother’s Day. Since neither of my parents are big into material gifts, my husband and I decided to take my mom and dad out to a special lunch at TFIG. I had recently been shocked to discover that I was finally pregnant again at just nine days post ovulation and after months of trying to conceive. Although I did not want to believe that I was finally pregnant again after that first positive pregnancy test, twelve more positive results since that day have finally convinced me. As a result, I was able to say “Happy Mother’s Day, Grandma!” to my mom that year.

During that Mother’s Day lunch, I was fairly quiet. I did not really feel like contributing to the conversation much because I was anxious to share the news of my pregnancy with my parents. Finally at the end of the meal, I casually said to my mom and dad, “Don’t make any plans around January 7.” Curious about the specific date, my parents asked me why to which I replied, “Because that is my due date.” Boy were my parents thrilled! My mom and dad were so excited about becoming grandparents. (You should have seen how excited they were when Poppy was finally born!)

At only five weeks and one day pregnant with just a some fatigue, thirst, nausea and food aversions to remind me of my condition, I was still a little anxious to share my news with my parents. I was trying my best to keep my hopes up that nothing would go wrong, but I was still rather afraid of losing another baby. With that said, my pregnancy continued wonderfully, meaning that last year I got to celebrate my first Mother’s Day with my daughter.

How did you share the news of your pregnancy?

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is a mother, wife, writer, librarian, and linguist. She earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing from Illinois State University in May 2007, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009, and an MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics at Illinois State University in December 2011.

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