You’re pregnant! Now what?! Maybe you’re thinking how do I tell everyone? We’ve got some tips for creating pregnancy announcements that are fun, creative, and totally insta-worthy.
So let's dive into all things pregnancy announcements...
Do I have to make a big announcement that I'm pregnant?
Of course not! This is your pregnancy, and you can be as low or high-key as you want! If you want to keep it a secret for a while, that's totally fine. If you want to tell the world the moment you find out, that's great too! There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to how you want to announce your pregnancy.
When should I tell people I'm pregnant?
There's no one right answer here either when it comes to when you want to share this news with others. A lot depends on who you're sharing it with, how much support you need, and how comfortable you feel being open about your pregnancy. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the idea of telling everyone, start small. Start by telling just a few close friends first; then, as you feel more comfortable, extend the news to others in your circle, and keep going slowly from there.
Some women choose to wait until they're past the 12-week mark. This is when the risk of miscarrying is lower, and they may feel more comfortable sharing the news.
Others like to tell people right away. They cannot wait to share this exciting news with those they love and want to have support from their friends and family earlier on.
Ultimately though, you do you and wait until you feel ready. No one knows your situation better than you do, so trust your instincts on this one!
10 pregnancy announcement ideas
Now let's get to the fun part...telling your big news! First, we’ll talk about some fun ideas and then get more specific with ideas for the special people in your life. Here are some creative examples to get you inspired:
1. Get your other children involved
There are a few ways that you can get your children involved in letting the world know that they're going to be a big brother or sister.
There's the more classic approach of dressing them in a t-shirt that says “big brother/sister coming soon” - or you can take it one step further and dress your little one up like a superhero, and announce that they will be getting a sidekick.
What's nice about either option is that it gets them involved. A new baby can be a big adjustment for a child, so getting them excited and involved from the beginning can help make the transition smoother.
2. Make it punny
From a picture of a literal bun in an oven to referencing that "bump ahead", there are endless ways to make your pregnancy announcement punny.
3. Get festive
Whether it's using Christmas ornaments to announce that you're expecting a baby in the spring, or turning Easter eggs into your ultrasound pictures, there are plenty of ways to get festive with your announcement.
4. Tap into your hobbies
Whether it's your love of Harry Potter, your artistic side or your passion for baking, consider ways you can work your hobbies into your announcement.
5. Put it on a onesie
Onesies are always cute, but they're especially perfect for pregnancy announcements. And you can print anything on them, from the words "Baby on board" to your anticipated due date, or even just a simple "We're pregnant!"
6. Get creative with food
Food items can be used to create all sorts of clever pregnancy announcements, from donuts that say "Donut act like you didn’t see this coming" to cookies that show a countdown timer with your anticipated birth month at the end.
You can also be more cheeky and lean into your weird pregnancy cravings with a message like, "I'm craving pickles!" 😅
7. Use your pets
If you're a pet parent, you can use your furry friend to help announce your big news. This can be as simple as putting a sign around their neck and inviting friends or family over, to getting more creative with a photoshoot that shows them reading a book with the title “how to be a big brother” on it!
8. Use props
There are endless possibilities when it comes to using props in your announcement. You can lean into all of the things that you have decided to forgo during pregnancy, such as drinking alcohol or eating soft cheeses or sushi, or you can use props to symbolically represent new life, like flowers.
Also, baby clothing is ridiculously adorable, so taking a picture with your hands holding up those tiny baby shoes will surely get an "awww" from everyone who sees it.
9. Get personal
Your pregnancy announcement is a chance to show off your personality, so if you’re feeling motivated, don't be afraid to get even more creative and have some fun with it. If you're funny, make a joke. If you're sentimental, write a heartfelt message. This is YOUR pregnancy announcement, so make it one that reflects more who you are.
10. Keep it simple
Sometimes the simplest messages are the most effective. Take a picture of you holding up your rumbly felt board with the due date highlighted at the top. This can be just as impactful (and easier to execute) as a more elaborate announcement may be.
Remember, there is no right or wrong way to announce your pregnancy. The most important thing is that you do it in a way that feels true to you and your personality. Have fun with it, and enjoy this special time in your life!
Now, let’s get a little more specific with some ideas on how to tell the most important people in your life.
How should I tell my partner?
Telling your partner that they will be a parent is definitely a big emotional moment, so you might want to do something extra special to mark the occasion. If you do, here are a few fun and creative ideas for you to consider - none of which will break the bank!:
Write them a letter: This can be a nice way to share your news in a more intimate setting. You can pour your heart out, talk about what this is going to mean for your relationship and how you can’t wait to watch them become a parent!
Get your bake on: One sweet (pun totally intended) way to start the celebrations early is with a special cake or cookie for dessert one night. You can write something as simple as "We're pregnant!" on it - or add the due date in icing on top. And let’s be real… dessert always makes everything more exciting!
Capture the moment: Make this a memory that truly lasts forever, and capture the moment you tell your partner with a photo. (One of our rumbly moms did this - an ordinary selfie + great, surprise news = a memory that you'll both treasure for years to come.)
Plan a special date: Whether it's a night out at a fancy restaurant or a picnic in your backyard, turn your special news into a special event!
Telling close family and friends
After you've told your partner, you may consider telling other close family and friends too. You definitely want to get on the same page here - if, for example, you want to keep it quiet and your partner wants to shout it from the rooftops, you’ll need to figure out some compromise.
Consider the hierarchy of how you tell people about your pregnancy. After all, you don't want your parents to find out that they are grandparents in the same social media blast that your high school lab partner finds out about it. And whether it's in person, via a phone or video call, or even a handwritten letter, we recommend telling your close circle of loved ones first.
When should I tell my employer that I'm pregnant?
This is a hard one. If you're pregnant and planning to take maternity leave, you'll need to tell your employer at some point. It's best to do this sooner rather than later so they can start making arrangements for your absence.
When you let your employer know, however, may depend on your condition during pregnancy and the type of work that you do. For example, if you're likely to experience morning sickness or if you have a physically demanding job, you may need to give them notice earlier.
It also depends on your company's policies. Some employers require you to give them a certain amount of notice before taking leave, so be sure to check with your HR team before you make any final plans.
When you are ready to tell your boss, we recommend that you schedule a meeting and explain your exciting news. Outline what you will do between now and your leave, and let them know when you plan to return to work after your time off. This will help them make any necessary arrangements to keep the business running while you're gone.
The important thing here is to tell your boss first. You don't want them to hear it from someone else. This way, you can control the conversation and set the tone for how your pregnancy will be handled at work.
A rumbly pregnancy
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Sign up for your box today and know that you're doing something special for yourself, even if nobody else knows about it yet! From the moment that you know you are expecting, rumbly is here for you - both the woman you are and the mom you’re becoming!