Sharing that you are expecting a baby should be fun, original, and exciting! This list of pregnancy announcement ideas is sure to get your wheels turning.
Congratulations! You’re pregnant. Now it’s time to share your big news with your partner, family members, and close friends. But how are you going to do it?
These days, pregnancy announcements are a big deal. Many couples choose to get creative when sharing that their family is growing. From photoshoots featuring baby shoes and ultrasound images to heartfelt poems and clever social media posts, the possibilities are endless.
One of the most important aspects of pregnancy announcements is sharing the good news with loved ones. Couples often gather family and friends to reveal their big news in a memorable way. Some may organize a small party or a casual get-together, while others might opt for a more intimate one-on-one reveal. Regardless of the method, the shared moment is one that will be cherished forever.
With our first baby, we shared the news using a letter board and a cute newborn nightie. With our second baby, we had ‘big sister’ printed on a onesie and took a video of our daughter wearing it and shouting “YAY!!!!” Both announcements were simple and sweet, and I wouldn’t have done it any other way.
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When should I announce my pregnancy?
Many mamas choose to wait until the end of their first trimester or the beginning of their second trimester before making their big announcement – 12 weeks is a common benchmark. This is because the further along you are, the less likely you are to experience complications or a miscarriage.
It can be very challenging to have shared that you had a positive pregnancy test with family, friends, and acquaintances, only to unfortunately lose your baby and have to explain your new reality to everyone who knew. Regurgitating such difficult information can be hard to deal with, particularly when you are trying to process the news yourself.
You may decide to tell your immediate family and best friend(s) earlier on in your pregnancy because it can be hard to keep such great news to yourself! Then, share with everyone else when you’re further along. This is how I did it because keeping my mouth shut when I am excited is next to impossible.
That said, you should announce your pregnancy when you feel ready. The choice is up to you and your comfort.
Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
Pregnancy announcements are an exciting way to share the news of your growing family with friends and family. Creativity knows no bounds when it comes to making your announcement special and memorable. If you are looking for creative pregnancy announcement ideas, look no further. We hope you gain a little inspiration.
Ultrasound Photo: Share a clear image of your ultrasound with a caption like, “Coming Soon!” or “Baby [Last Name] Arriving [Due Date].”
Shoe Lineup: Arrange your own shoes, your partner’s shoes, and tiny baby shoes in a row, then capture a photo. This is a cute way to symbolize the addition of a new member to the family.
Chalkboard or Signage: Write a message on a chalkboard or a letter board with the due date and any clever phrases like, “We’re adding a new player to our team,” or “Our adventure begins [Due Date].” Using signage like a letter board is one of the simplest ways to make your announcement – minimal effort, a few supplies, and loads of options for wording!
Balloon Reveal: Fill a box with helium balloons in pink or blue (or both if you’re keeping the gender a secret) and have your loved ones open it to reveal the exciting news.
Puzzle Pieces: One unique way to share your special news is to create a custom jigsaw puzzle with a message like, “We’re Puzzled: Baby [Last Name] Due [Due Date].” Share the unassembled puzzle with friends and family, and let them put the pieces together.
Sibling Announcement: If you have older children, involve them in your announcement of the new baby. Also, consider capturing their reactions when they find out they’re going to be a big brother or big sister. This is a great way to not only make them feel included, but also tug at the heart strings of those you are sharing with.
Infertility/IVF Announcement: If you had to seek treatment to get pregnant, your announcement is that much more special. Utilizing the syringes you used to deliver your hormone therapy, or snagging a onesie with a clever miracle baby slogan is a fun way to share your news. Check out our IVF pregnancy announcement ideas for some inspiration.
Movie Poster: If you are interested in funny pregnancy announcement ideas, design a movie poster with a catchy title like “The Adventures of Baby [Last Name]” and include the due date and your names as the stars.
Baby Shoes in Nature: Place tiny baby shoes in a natural setting, like on a hiking trail, beach, or park, and take a photo to symbolize the journey ahead.
Scratch-Off Cards: Create custom scratch-off cards with the due date hidden underneath. Send these cards to friends and family for them to reveal the big news. This can be a funny way to catch them off guard!
Pet Announcement: If you have pets, include them in the announcement. Put a sign around your dog’s neck that says, “Guardian of [Due Date],” or have your cat pose with a sonogram. This is a fun way to pay homage to your first baby – your fur baby!
Food Announcement: Bake or order cookies (like fortune cookies!) or cupcakes with the message “We’re Expecting!” or “A Little Sweet Pea is on the Way.” Share them with friends and family.
Custom Labels: Make a label for a drink or food item, stick it on, and give it to someone as a gift! With my first baby, I made a custom a wine label and put it on a nice bottle of white for my parents to let them know that they were soon-to-be grandparents. Their reactions were priceless!
Bookworm Announcement: For book lovers, arrange a stack of books with a baby-themed book on top and capture a photo with a message like, “Chapter One: [Due Date].”
Calendar Countdown: Take a picture of a calendar with the due date circled and highlight it as a special day to remember.
Surprise Reaction Video: Film your partner’s genuine reaction when they find out about the pregnancy, and then share the video with loved ones.
T-shirt Announcement: Design custom T-shirts with fun phrases like, “Promoted to Mom/Dad” or “Big Sister/Big Brother.”
Cute Announcement Cards: Create custom announcement cards with a playful design or a humorous message to share with family and friends.
Professional Photoshoot: Hire a professional photographer to snap photos of you and your partner (and your belly if you are showing!). Photoshoots are popular ways to share news or family updates, and pregnancy is no different! You may even decide to use the photos for your Christmas cards!
- Fall: Use pumpkins as props – “we’re adding a pumpkin to our patch!”
- Summer: Use a beach ball.
- Winter: Think pregnant snow woman or writing in the snow.
- Spring: Easter eggs.
Holiday: If you love a good theme, tapping into an upcoming holiday is a perfect way to announce your pregnancy. For example, if Christmas is near, you can get crafty with twinkle lights, ornaments, or a red and green color scheme.
Remember, the key to a memorable pregnancy announcement is to make it personal and reflective of your personality as a couple or family. Whether it’s simple and sweet or elaborate and creative, the announcement should reflect the joy and excitement you feel about welcoming a new member into your family.
Good luck during this exciting time!