Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.
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In recent years, it has become the unspoken rule to keep pregnancy secret in the first trimester. Expectant mothers must conceal fatigue, nausea, body changes and yo-yoing hormones from friends, colleagues and loved ones with a series of well-crafted excuses and loose-fitting clothes. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, we duck to the toilet every 15 minutes, place our heads between our legs and wish away the days until we can finally make our big announcement.
Rachael had myriad tests when pregnant - but she was never offered one that should be routine.
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It can't be denied the shine has been taken off what should be a special time in her life.
Logic tells me I don't need the pregnancy tests anymore, but my heart says otherwise.