There is nothing more exhilarating than finding out that you were successful when trying to get pregnant! One of the most fun things in the first and second trimesters that you can do is plan your special announcement for your little one. Many people in your life will be almost as excited as you are that you are having a baby. You may not know where to start when announcing, but we have some great pregnancy announcement ideas. It can be overwhelming figuring it all out, but that’s where we come in!
You have come to the right place if you are looking for inspiration! You want to make it special and specific to your situation. We have you covered no matter who you are announcing to, when you’re announcing or what you like best. There are so many things to consider, like the theme, timing, audience, and method of announcing. Here is our comprehensive list of all things pregnancy announcements!
Pregnancy Announcements: How, When, To Whom, and More!
When Should You Announce You’re Pregnant?
There is no right or wrong time to announce you’re pregnant. But there are many factors you may want to consider when deciding the right time for you:
There are certain people that you want to tell immediately when you find out. The first one is your partner. He is the one that it most directly affects, and he should know first. Whether you make it an elaborate thing or just show him the test, he should be the first to know.
There are other people in your life who you may want to tell right away. This could include grandparents, siblings, your other kids, or super close friends. It all depends on your specific relationships and your support system. Having that support system could be helpful if something does happen in those early weeks.
When Morning Sickness Hits
If you have people close to you who may notice if you’re sick, you may want to share the news with them. You don’t have to tell your boss or coworkers until you’re comfortable, but keep in mind that they may notice if you’re frequently sick or throwing up. Severe morning sickness, which can hit any time, can be super hard to hide sometimes.
After Twelve Weeks
A common milestone mark in pregnancy is the 12-week mark because this is the point where the miscarriage rate drops. Announcing after this point is a common thing to do, especially if you’re looking at announcing publicly or on social media. Many women are more comfortable after the miscarriage rate drops. You may want to share the news before to have support in case something happens, but you may not want to tell everyone before this point.
After Your Anatomy Scan
If you are going to find out the gender of your baby, you may decide to wait longer to announce it publicly. You could wait until after the anatomy scan, or about 20 weeks, and incorporate the gender into your announcement.
It’s really up to you and when you’re comfortable announcing. If you don’t want to announce it publicly right away, you don’t have to. It is up to you. It’s your pregnancy, and your comfort level is what matters the most.
Who Should You Tell (And In What Order)?
The first person you should tell is your partner. If he wasn’t with you when you found out, telling him as soon as possible is ideal. You could still use something special to tell him, but you probably won’t be able to keep it to yourself for long! Even when our second was a surprise, I needed to tell my husband right away to help me process it.
People You’re Closest To
After your partner, you should reach out to the people you’re closest to next. This list could include your parents, your partner’s parents, siblings, and any close friends you want to share the news with.
Other Family and Friends
Before going public, there may be others you wish to tell first but weren’t in that first round of friends and family. Reach out to these people next, so they don’t need to find out with everyone else if you decide to announce through social media next.
The last announcement is going public with your pregnancy. Most likely, this means announcing your pregnancy on social media. There are a few ways to go about this with different photo posts that I’ll go into later in this article.
Making the Pregnancy Announcement to Specific People
Pregnancy Announcement Ideas for Announcing to Your Partner
While I couldn’t keep the news in and told my partner directly right away with both of my pregnancies, there are plenty of ways that you can choose to make this moment more special.
Wrapping the positive test up as a gift.
If he wasn’t home when you decided to take a pregnancy test (which I totally get, it can be hard to wait when you’re going crazy after that two-week wait), you could place the capped pregnancy test into a box or otherwise wrap it for him to open. He might be super confused or suspicious if it isn’t a special occasion, but that doesn’t mean he will know what it is right away!
Take a photo and send it.
If you can’t wait for him to get home and are okay without seeing his immediate reaction, you could take a photo of the test and send it to him. Depending on where he is, this may not be the best option since it would easily distract him at work for the rest of the day! Just be sure to take care with your timing.
“Accidentally” leaving out some prenatal vitamins.
If you can run out and grab some prenatal vitamins, you could leave them out for him to see when he arrives home. He is sure to get it pretty quickly.
Buy a special onesie.
Getting a special onesie is another cute way to let your partner know that you’re pregnant. Depending on what exactly you’re looking for, you may need to be prepared to keep the news to yourself for a bit until the onesie arrives. If you run out and buy one, you will get to share the secret much sooner but risk not getting exactly what you want. It all depends on what you’re comfortable with.
Put a bun in the oven.
This one is pretty on the nose, but he won’t catch on right away, so it’s pretty fun. Put a single bun in your oven and then ask him to check the oven for you. It may take him a second, but then he’ll get it.
Give your partner a mom or dad shirt.
This shirt is a fun way to reveal that you are expecting. Simply put it somewhere your partner will see it and watch his face.
If your partner is a big tea or coffee drinker, this mug is a great way to reveal he’s going to be a dad. Just fill it with his favorite hot beverage and hand it to him like nothing happened. If you want to let him enjoy his tea or coffee first, this mug won’t reveal it until the cup is empty.
Play to his other hobbies or interests.
Depending on his specific hobbies and interests, you may have other ideas to make this revelation special for your partner. For instance, if he likes video games, this onesie is the perfect way to tell him. If he has a sweet tooth, this cake topper is perfect, and if you enjoy wine, check out this revealing label.
Pregnancy Announcement Ideas for Announcing to the Grandparents
The only people who may be more excited than you about the new baby are the future grandparents. These announcements can be really fun and customized to them as individuals. Check out these different options.
With special shirts.
Buying the grandparents these special matching shirts is a great way to tell them that you’re having a baby. They will no doubt wear them proudly as they await the baby’s arrival.
Through special glasses.
With a certain beverage.
If your parents or in-laws are into wine, this is the perfect way to tell them that you’re expecting. You can add this wine label to any wine that will do the job for you.
With fun onesies.
Even though this is a gift that they won’t be keeping, onesies are still a great way to let them know that a baby is on the way. This option simply says hello, and this one might make them laugh as it says they can stop asking now!
Pregnancy Announcement Ideas for Announcing to Other Family Members
If there are other family members that you want to include in your pregnancy announcement, check out these awesome sugar cookies that will do it for you. They are great for future uncles and aunts. You can also include grandparents here if you like.
Fun & Unique Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
Pregnancy Announcement Ideas for Announcing Twins
Double ultrasound photo.
When my sister was expecting twins, she wrapped up the ultrasounds of each of the babies individually and gave them to my parents. They got it when they both opened their envelopes. Doing it this way was a fun surprise!
Eating for three spoon.
While some people may not catch this, this spoon is another cute way to announce that you’re expecting twins.
Refer to literature.
These onesies are great for anyone who loves literature or who just appreciates a “plot twist.” They are sure to make people laugh when announced with a photo of them.
Pregnancy Announcement Ideas for Nerds
If you and your partner are into Harry Potter, this golden snitch is a fun way to announce. You just sent it to whoever you want to tell. For your pet to tell the good news, this dog bandana with a Patronus saying is ideal. When you’re preparing your social media announcement, check out this one. If you are looking for baby clothes, this onesie will get the job done.
Lord of the Rings
If Lord of the Rings is more your style, this onesie, hat, and blanket combination will let everyone know that your halfling is coming soon. Speaking of, it’s no secret that babies eat a lot. This onesie is a great tribute to that fact while referring to hobbits. You can also check out this t-shirt for the mom-to-be as a pregnancy announcement and nod to LOTR.
For Math Nerds
This onesie that references an acute angle is sure to make math nerds smile along with this cutie pie one. For those babies who are just generally nerdy, announce you’re expecting with this onesie that references a future nerd.
Christmas Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
There are plenty of onesies out there that reference Christmas that you can use for your pregnancy announcement. This one references the most wonderful time of the year, while this one mentions the fact that you’ll have no more silent nights. For fans of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, this onesie references a colorful line from the film.
Digital pregnancy announcements are cool because you don’t need to stage them yourself. This one includes a letter board, so you don’t even need to buy that yourself. Here is another option with a bunch of fun Christmas cookies.
Ornaments and Other Gifts
This cute penguin ornament is customizable with your names and baby’s due date. If you want to send something a bit different, these baby booties are another great way to let others know you’re expecting.
Halloween Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
If you are announcing during pumpkin season, consider getting two large pumpkins and one smaller pumpkin. Cut a hole in the front and place the little pumpkin inside for a fun pregnancy announcement.
Shirts for Mom
This one is a cute find about how you shouldn’t eat pumpkin seeds, and this one has a baby skeleton on the belly (or this one if you’re having twins). Check out these complimentary couples shirts if you want to get dad involved.
Social Media Announcements
There are plenty of Halloween-related social media pregnancy announcements from which to choose. This one is a nod to Hocus Pocus, this one references a new little boo, and this one assures you this announcement is no trick and just a treat.
New Years Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
Social Media Announcement
Valentine’s Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
Social Media Announcement
This shirt is cute for the mom-to-be and reads “growing my Valentine.”
St. Patrick’s Day Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
These complimentary shirts are a fun way to announce close to St. Patrick’s Day. Being primarily a drinking holiday, these reference that dad-to-be will be drinking for two and that mom-to-be gets no more shenanigans. These mom-to-be and dad-to-be shirts about getting lucky and getting pregnant are another silly way to commemorate the holiday.
Digital Download Announcement
Easter Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
Shirts for Mom-to-be and Big Sister
These mama bunny and baby bunny maternity shirts, eggspecting shirts, and stuffed with a baby shirt are so cute for announcing your pregnancy around Easter time. This one is also cute if you have a little girl about to become a big sister.
Fourth of July Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
Shirts for the Girls of the Family
For mom, there is a shirt that references that you’re “ready to pop” and another that you’re “red, white, and due.” For the girl about to become a big sister, this is a great shirt about her being a little firecracker.
Social Media Announcements
Thanksgiving Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
Shirts for Mom
This, not a food baby shirt is a great way to let people know that you’re expecting come Thanksgiving. This one is also super cute and features a turkey with some baby footprints, while in this one, you’re “already wobblin’.”
Social Media Announcement
Funny Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
Being pregnant is a serious matter, but you don’t have to take every aspect of it too seriously. Make the pregnancy announcement fun by showing your silly side.
Do a cheeky photoshoot.
Think of a movie poster or your hubby drinking while you eat everything you are craving.
Gift your best friend or your sister a bottle of alcohol or a box of tampons.
When they give you a weird look, let them know you won’t be needing either for nine months. You can also make it a surprise and announce your pregnancy at a time no one will expect.
Send someone a bun in an oven.
You can also literally send someone an inedible “bun” in the oven with this product.
Silly clothing for mom and dad.
These boxers are a hilarious way to announce your pregnancy. If you want to give people a laugh, send a picture of these boxers since you literally did have a winner. These complimentary shirts are another funny way to announce, with one saying he’s the buck behind the bump.
Sh*t just got real card.
Watermelon through a doughnut hole.
While this visual is kind of gross, it’s also so accurate. This gift features a necklace along with reference to what your partner will witness soon enough. This option is ideal for announcing to a partner who has a great sense of humor and will laugh more than being disturbed.
Digital downloads for social media.
This one is fun and references how you are sick of doing whatever you want and sleeping.
Cute Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
Do a photoshoot.
Photoshoots can be such a fun way to bond with your partner, and to be honest, who doesn’t love getting dressed up and taking gorgeous pictures? Plan a photoshoot with a professional photographer and bring props to announce your pregnancy. You can use a letter board and spell out your news, get big balloons to spell out “BABY” or your due date, or keep it simple with a hand over your stomach and a loving photo you and your hubby will treasure forever.
Do it with gifts.
Everyone loves receiving gifts, and what’s better than a little gift that comes with something much bigger? Keep things super personal by gifting your loved ones small items that let them know your big news. You can give your parents mugs that say grandma and grandpa, your sister a shirt that says “best aunt ever,” and your best friend a photo that says “your new best friend is coming” with your due date. No matter what you decide to give, it will be something your family and friends will treasure and make the news so much more special than a simple phone call!
Do it with food.
There are many fun ways to clue people in to the fact that you’re having a baby by using foods. Check out these customizable chocolates to reveal your secret! If cookies are more your thing, these or these will clue everyone in.
Incorporate pets or other siblings.
If you have pets or kids, include them in the photo announcement! Some of the cutest pregnancy announcements involve another child announcing the pregnancy. Consider putting a pair of baby shoes next to your pup or putting a collar on them that says “big brother” or even filming a video of your other child getting the news—their reaction is sure to be priceless. It will make a great announcement to post on social media and send to your loved ones.
Host a get-together.
When you find out the news, you’re going to want to tell everyone you love as soon as you can. So instead of telling them one-by-one, why not tell everyone simultaneously? Have your closest family and friends over to your house for brunch or host a small get-together at your favorite restaurant. Once everyone arrives, let them know the big news! Then spend the rest of the event celebrating, hugging, and basking in the fantastic news with everyone you love.
With a letterboard.
This felt letter board is a great way to announce your pregnancy and other milestones that come up.
Do’s and Don’t’sDon’t’s About Pregnancy Announcements
Do tell friends and family first.
The first step is to tell your spouse. Once he knows the great news, work together to tell your closest loved ones. If possible, do this in person, as this is something your parents don’t want to hear over a text message. If a loved one lives far away, a phone call or FaceTime session works just fine. However you choose to tell your loved ones, just be sure they find out from you first—no one wants to find out news that big on a social media pregnancy announcement or from someone else.
Do wait until you’re ready.
Many people choose to keep their pregnancy a secret until they feel they are in the clear. This is a smart choice, but when you decide to tell others (not including your spouse) is entirely up to you. If you want to wait longer than necessary, do it! If you just can’t wait to tell your mom or friends, letting them know right away is okay, too. Just be ready for any of the disadvantages that may come with telling someone too soon or too late.
Do tell friends and family who are infertile.
You should be sensitive to the fact that others may be struggling with infertility, but that doesn’t mean that you should leave certain people out of your announcement. It may end up hurting them more if they find out from someone other than you. Be sensitive to their struggle, but don’t exclude them entirely.
Don’t tell your coworkers before your boss.
Getting pregnant means a lot of life changes, especially at work. You may have the urge to tell your work BFF about your pregnancy right away, but it’s so important to make sure your boss is aware before you spill the beans to others. Not doing so could cause unwanted problems down the line, something you don’t want to deal with during this happy time!
Don’t announce it at an event special to someone else.
You wouldn’t be happy with someone announcing their engagement at your baby shower—so don’t plan your pregnancy announcement during someone else’s moment. If your family is getting together to celebrate your sister’s wedding or your brother’s graduation from college, it’s probably best not to share your news at the same time. Gather your family together at a different moment, or at the very least, consult with your siblings and tell everyone after the meal is over.
Don’t announce for the first time on social media.
It’s important to tell the people you are close to directly. You don’t want them finding out with everyone else on social media. They could end up feeling slighted and like they aren’t as important to you as they thought they were.
With so many pregnancy announcement ideas, you are sure to find something that you love above. We wish you the best and hope everything goes well! Have fun planning your pregnancy announcement, or announcements, because that’s really what it’s all about. Congratulations!
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