Gender-specific gifts. Believe me, if you know you’re having a girl, you are going to get a ton of pink stuff. Mothers lament the difficulty of finding non-pink stuff that is specifically for baby girls. But what if you don’t like pink, or simply don’t want to be flooded with it? For boys, you’ll definitely get plenty of blue (though it’s not quite as pervasive as the pink). If you’re hoping for lots of frilly clothes for your girl, spreading the word is a good way to go. If not, keeping the news to yourself might mean more colors and styles of clothing!
Pressure for the Name Reveal. While Name Reveals aren’t a thing, yet, there is plenty of pressure on parents-to-be to announce the name(s) they’ve chosen. There are lots of strategies for dealing with this, (another blog post, perhaps?) but saying you don’t know the gender yet is one way of deflecting that – for a little while. And once you say you know the gender, well-meaning but nosy friends, relatives and strangers at the supermarket will start pressing for a name. Of course, if you’ve settled on a name and can’t wait to share it, go for it!
Old Wives’ Tales. If you don’t know what you’re having, or claim to not know, you will get to hear all the “indicators” that people rely on. How you’re carrying, what you crave, your skin, hair or nails, wedding ring on string, astrological signs and more – everyone will have an opinion and a guess. You can end it all with the answer, enjoy the attention, or ignore it all.
Keeping Secrets is Fun. Some find it just delicious to have a secret with their partner. Now that your pregnancy is public knowledge, you can keep this nugget to yourselves, at least for awhile longer.
Whatever you choose, enjoy this special time of your lives. Whether you were surprised in the ultrasound room, at a party or in the delivery room, won’t change your baby’s gender or your love for him or her.