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Don't Tell 'til You Show?

Does the writing rule "Show, don't tell?" apply to pregnancy? I believe that as with creative writing, it depends.

The rule of thumb for a public announcement is to wait until 12 or 13 weeks, when you can be reasonably certain the pregnancy will be a success. The likelihood that you will miscarry early (or anytime) depends on many factors, such as your health history, your family history, and your age. If you have few miscarriages in your family (and the babydaddy's--iffy sperm can result in genetic errors) and you and the babydaddy are young and healthy (eating right, not smoking, drinking, or taking prescriptions), then you are probably in the clear. Of course, no pregnancy is ever a hundred percent certain, so you must take into account the possibility that you may not, actually, be having a baby on your due date.

However, there are many reasons you may want to tell early anyway. If you are comfortable sharing a potential miscarriage with others, there is probably…