I’m not pregnant either, but I’m planning to be in the next year or two as well! <3
How long to keep it secret is very personal, and all up to you! It is very common to keep it secret for the first trimester of pregnancy, seeing as miscarriages are more common during this time. But even then I wouldn’t worry to badly about a miscarriage! And especially not after. The first timester is usually about three months… and you don’t learn the gender until five or six months. Which is a bit of a long time. I feel like family would probably be a little offended if you wait that long… as if you didn’t want them to know or something. But waiting until month four maybe could push it off a little but still tell them early on?
It could be very nice, to invite the entire family over to announce the pregnancy. Though I wouldn’t necessarily call it a shower, moreso just a party or a gathering Where everyone can get together and have a good time-- plus learn the exciting news!
Personally, I don’t plan on telling anyone except my bf I’m pregnant until the end of the first trimester. My family is all very… dramatic. And opinionated. And though my mother and immediate family would all be excited and supportive, the rest of the family not so much. And my mother would be telling EVERYONE. Plus, I too worry of miscarriage. It happened to me once before, and I honestly much preferred mourning with just my boyfriend rather than the entire family getting all emotional. That’d really be too much on me </3
As all the previous ladies mentioned, you can tell the doctors you only want your DH in the room for the delivery! Its very common for woman to do this, and I feel no one should be offended if you chose to do things this way. Its how I plan on doing so myself as well! Though, I personally find pregnancy to be a very personal thing, and I want it to be an intimate thing between me and my man [including doctors appointments, names, updates, etc!]. But then again, I’m not horribly close to a lot of my family members. Close, but not that close. Its understandble to just not want any family drama in the delivery room- its a special moment that deserves to go as you plan! You can choose to call people after you’ve brought him/her home, and even send a picture message or something of the newborn if you want!
I don’t know from experience, of course, but all labors and deliveries are different from person to person! And there are actually many ladies who vomit from period pains that are fine in the delivery room. I think this experience is just very much different from your period pains. I understand what you mean though, the pain really scares me too! I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to pain. However, if you talk to your doctor, there are many methods to reducing pain in the delivery room! And also, I found that it REALLY helped to talk to ladies who have already been through this and ask questions! I made a topic on this site, actually, and the ladies here are just so kind and willing to answer birth/after birth questions for you based on their experiences! I was told about birthing in different positions to lower pain: apparently on your back increases pain from pressure on wrong parts of your body, so squatting or on your hands and knee’s is less painful? Also, there are various pain medications they can give you to make the labor much less painful!! You can get epidurals, or there’s this gas I’ve heard that you can breath in and it lessens the pain [I feel kind of dumb but I can’t remember what its called!], and they have IV’s of stuff that can help as well! Sorry I am not so good with remembering names of medications. I also was just reading an article about labor contractions hurting ten times less if you don’t have to be induced. The Pitocin they give you gives you much stronger and unnatural contractions which are of course much more painful! So avoid induction if possible (; Also, if you exercise properly and stretch apparently that will reduce labor pains… and even help against stretch marks, hehe! There are lots of pregnancy exercise programs and yoga and all that can all help! All the little things added up can really help I hear!
There are many ladies who say that labor is this excruciating horrible pain – but keep in mind, there are also a majority who have perfectly fine labors! Even a lucky few who have painless labors! It all depends on YOU! Just talk to your doctor about it, they can help!
If you are really scared of having a baby, I would really talk to your DH about it though! Because he needs to respect you if you decide you’d rather not deliver a baby yourself! And adoption is a perfectly wonderful alternative! Every baby needs a good home <3 And if you do decide to go through with a pregnancy, I recommend finding a pregnancy group in your community! They have all sorts of classes and groups where you can talk to others in your situation-- and it can help ease your fears!
I hope this helps!