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How To Tell Your Boyfriend You’re Pregnant

An unplanned pregnancy can be startling, to say the least. But take a deep breath and tell your boyfriend—he deserves to know, and you deserve his support.


  • TIP: Don’t take it personally if he expresses disbelief—no doubt you were in denial when you first suspected, too.
  • Step 1: Let him know that you’ll need his support as you consider your options.
  • Step 2: If your mind is made up, share this with him—but tell him you reserve the right to change your mind.
  • FACT: At-home pregnancy tests generally can’t detect a pregnancy until ten days or more after conception.
  • Step 3: Allow the news to sink in.
  • Step 4: Avoid starting off on a negative note, as in, “I have some bad news.” Emphasize the shared nature of the predicament—say “We’re pregnant” instead of “I’m pregnant.”
  • TIP: When you follow the directions carefully, at-home pregnancy tests are 99% accurate.
  • Step 5: Practice breaking the news to your boyfriend. The goal is to reach the point where you can convey the information somewhat calmly.
  • Step 6: Don’t put off telling him, but do wait for the right opportunity—ideally, in person, in a quiet setting where you won’t be rushed or disrupted. Don’t even think about delivering the news by email or text.
  • Step 7: Make sure you’re really pregnant. Menstrual cycles can get thrown off for many reasons, so don’t subject yourself and your guy to unnecessary drama. Take an easy-to-read at-home pregnancy test.

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