72 Unique Pregnancy Announcements Worthy Of Your News

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For couples eager to start a family, there’s no news more exhilarating than “I’m pregnant!” After all, a child deepens your relationship with your partner while taking it to new heights and changes both of your lives forever. Even more wonderful: It’s that rare sort of news that’s as much of a big deal for your closest family members as it is for you.

Clearly, then, you’ve got to share that news in an equally significant way. Looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve collected a spectacular array of pregnancy announcement ideas—from the “it’s so cute I can hardly stand it!” to the laugh-out-loud funny—plus etiquette advice and shopping tips for maximum impact. Whether you prefer to go low-key or scream from the virtual rooftops, you’ll find a range of just-right pregnancy announcement ideas to choose from.

Pregnancy announcements in this article:
When to announce pregnancy
How to announce pregnancy
Thoughtful ways to announce pregnancy to family
Cute ways to announce pregnancy
Creative ways to announce pregnancy
Fun ways to announce pregnancy
Twin pregnancy announcement ideas
Surprise pregnancy announcement ideas
Second pregnancy announcement ideas
Pregnancy announcement products

When to Announce Pregnancy?

Learning you’re pregnant is, in some ways, like learning you’ve won the Lotto—you want to tell the whole world, but you need to be careful about how you share your news. First things first: When is it safe to announce pregnancy? To figure that out, do a little math to pinpoint exactly your 14-week mark, which is when most women tell people, says David Garry, MD, director of maternal fetal medicine at Stony Brook Medicine in Stony Brook, New York. “Waiting till 20 weeks, or 4 to 5 months, is also popular,” he adds. “This gives you a chance to make sure that the ultrasound findings are normal and gender is confirmed.”

Because the risk of miscarriage is high during the first trimester, you may want to wait a bit before telling even your inner circle, though your instinct is to immediately let them know once you know. In this case, says Daniel Post Senning, author of Manners in the Digital World and a spokesperson at The Emily Post Institute, “the textbook time to announce a pregnancy to family and friends is week 12. Still can’t wait that long? He recommends following one simple rule: “If you’re comfortable telling someone if the pregnancy doesn’t continue, then you can talk to them about it.” “The advice is to keep that circle relatively small.” This typically means your partner (of course) and immediate family.

How to Announce Pregnancy

Before you text your bestie or go wide on Instagram, realize that there are rules for how to announce pregnancy, says Post Senning (who is the great great grandson of Emily Post, in case you’re wondering). Here’s what you need to know about the appropriate sequence and nature of pregnancy announcements:

Don’t wait to tell your partner. Chances are, you found out together, but if not, you need to let your partner know “pretty much right away,” Post Senning says. “Your partner is going to want to know, and you’re going to want to make that as personal a tell as possible,” he says.

Tell the people you’re closest to first. If the soon-to-be grandma or grandpa sees it on Facebook before you’ve made a phone call, they’ll feel undervalued, Post Senning says. They shouldn’t have to find out with the masses, and they should expect nothing less than a phone call.

Don’t tell if you’re not ready to tell. When acquaintances notice you haven’t been sipping your wine, they’ll try to get the info out of you. But don’t feel pressured to disclose if you’re not ready, Post Senning says. If you find yourself stuck but don’t want to lie, just say to the asker, “Let’s not jump to that conclusion.”

Keep in mind your audience. Many of the pregnancy announcement ideas we’ve supplied here are visual creations to be shared via social media or text, or snail-mailed as card. As long as your pregnancy announcement is kept private to close family and friends, you can be as fun and silly (or not) as you like. With work colleagues, keep it hush-hush until you let your boss know. After that, tell a work friend, and the rest will be taken care of via good old-fashioned word of mouth. “It was the social media before social media,” says Post-Senning, “and it’s totally appropriate for your outer circle.”

Thoughtful Ways to Announce Pregnancy to Family

There’s a hierarchy when it comes to how to announce pregnancy: the in-person tell, the phone call, the email and the social media share. “Your family is the most personal a tell,” Post Senning says—this includes your spouse and the soon-to-be grandmas and grandpas. Your best course of action: delivering the good news in person. “It gives loved ones the chance to really share in your joy,” he says. Here are some of our favorite pregnancy announcement ideas for family that let you do just that.

Pregnancy announcements for your partner

These uproarious ideas get their inspiration from clever knick-knacks you can buy online, but if even expedited delivery feels too slow (we don’t blame you), these pregnancy announcement ideas can be easily DIY’d too.

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Leave a stack of tees on your partner’s side of the bed, with the Daddy version of these at the top. As he’s still trying to process everything, waltz into the room wearing your own “Mommy est. 2017” tee.

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Bake (or buy) your partner’s favorite dessert, and surprise him with this exuberant topper. He’s in for a big treat!

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Give your favorite Scrabble partner the ultimate challenge—deciphering the words on this T-shirt. Or, even better, rig the real game so you’ve got just the right letters to spell out your news.

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Cover a bottle of sparkling fruit juice with this label and pour a glass for you and your partner, pretending it’s champagne. When he’s convinced it’s bad upon tasting it (“There’s no alcohol in here!”), whip out the bottle and have him examine the label. Cheers!

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Wait till your partner is out, then secretly dress your pooch in this shirt—or scurry one up with fabric markers on a tee. When he’s back, join your pup in greeting him at the door, and watch his usual “so happy to see you guys” face turn into “OMG! Wow!”

Pregnancy announcement ideas for parents

Who could possibly be more excited about the news than you and your partner? The grandparents-to-be, of course.

These days, handwritten notes are a thrill as it is, but when those notes are pregnancy announcements? Well, it’s beyond words. Plain stationery will do—or get all fancy with this glittered-up card, which announces their impending promotion. Come from a family of sports fans? Send the folks know you’re adding to the lineup with this baseball pregnancy announcement card. Whatever you decide, hand-deliver it if you can. You won’t want to miss their reaction!

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Give your young-at-heart Dad a surprise package “just because you love him”—and watch his eyes light up when he pulls out this cute too-cool-for-school tee.

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Let Grandma know that she’ll want to get the satellite nursery ready! Send a homemade note, or hand-deliver this red-hot onesie.

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Parents (or in-laws) don’t drink coffee? They’ll be crazy wired anyway when you serve up their beverage in these fab mugs.

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Here’s a fun pregnancy announcement idea if you already have a child. Get a shot of her (or him) holding either the sonogram or a message revealing that she (or he) will soon have a little sib. Tell your parents that you’d like to show them the latest school photo—and watch their surprised response when…

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