Last Updated on April 27, 2022
Congratulations, your family is now about to get bigger!
You and your partner are about to go over a huge milestone in life – adding a new member to your household. You’re probably so ecstatic, you’ll want to message everyone in your email list right away. In truth, there’s no real rule preventing you from doing so. Make the announcement whenever you feel comfortable to do so.
In the age of social media though, it can be a slippery slope when it comes to declaring such great news. It’s a good idea to be mindful of what we post online.
Here are a couple of tips to help you make the best choices:
When To Announce Pregnancy on Social Media
Odds are you found out you were pregnant together with your spouse. But if not, you can always surprise him! That will probably be your first pregnancy announcement.
According to Dr. David Garry, maternal-fetal medicine specialist, it’s good to wait until 14 weeks to make your news public. Some women choose to wait until 20 weeks as well. This is because the risk of miscarriage is high during the first trimester.
Of course, you’ll want to tell immediate family members (i.e. you and your partner’s parents) and maybe a few close friends sooner. Many couples do this so they can have people to lean on – should something happen. There are those who decide not to post anything online until birth, too.
Do’s and Don’ts for Announcing Pregnancy To Family
There’s an unspoken hierarchy when it comes to telling people you’re pregnant.
Obviously, your partner or spouse comes first (unless he knows already). Next are immediate family members. These include you and your spouse’s parents, any siblings, aunts, uncles, or even select cousins. Next are your close and most trusted friends. Last would be acquaintances or friends you haven’t talked to in a while.
It’ll be awkward (or even hurtful) if your family found out through the grapevine. It’s always great to deliver the news in person (whenever possible). A phone call or video chat works just as well, especially for long-distance families. For your best friends, a phone call or group message is acceptable.
At work, make sure to tell your boss first. Don’t feel pressured to tell everyone about your bundle of joy. Acquaintances can receive the news through word-of-mouth (because you’re not close anyway). If there are certain people you’d like out of the loop, mention this to your family and friends. Remember: it’s your pregnancy. You decide who gets to know and when.
How To Pick The Right Pregnancy Announcement
There’s no right or wrong way of doing it. Perhaps the only thing you need to consider is that some of your friends or co-workers on social media may still be trying. They will undoubtedly be super happy for you! Do keep them in your thoughts nonetheless.
For close family and friends, you can be as creative or as wild as you want. They’ll surely love your antics or unfiltered ideas. Still haven’t broken the news to your significant other? Then make it extra special with a good ol’ surprise! You can also just keep it casual or private (especially for folks who don’t like surprises).
Talk to your spouse or partner. Maybe they have a particular concept in mind. Pick a theme together! This can be exciting, particularly if you’re due around the holidays. For revealing gender, you can choose to say this separately or along with the pregnancy announcement. It’s totally up to you in the end.
Cute Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
It’s not every day you get to tell people that you’re expecting – so make the most of it. Social media announcements are just one of the numerous ways to do so. It’s the quickest method, too! But you can also say it through invitations or simply through word-of-mouth.
Whatever you choose, let these cute pregnancy announcement ideas be your inspiration.
1. Merrier Holidays
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Add a special ornament to your tree this year. Even better: gift one to future grandparents!
2. Stop Asking
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This delightful onesie is for those who won’t stop prying about your pregnancy.
3. Bigger Boat
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Subtle but effective, this announcement makes your kids the focus of an adventure in the making.
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Bumps are part of life; but some bumps are more welcome than others.
5. Spilled Beans
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Coffee drinkers will love this caffeine-inspired pregnancy announcement that’s too cute not to share!
6. Eviction Notice
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There’s no easy way to tell a kid that he needs to give up his spot as the family’s ‘baby’.
7. The Force
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After Luke, Leia, and baby Yoda, we’re super excited to meet the fourth member of the Force!
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Sometimes, the news is too shocking for words.
9. Ready Player 3
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Matching family shirts are the way to go to show how proud you both are of your new bundle of joy.
10. Morning Mug
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Surprise future grandparents and in-laws with a practical pregnancy announcement.
11. Jack O’ Lantern
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Something wicked this way comes indeed in this Halloween-inspired photoshoot.
12. Vanilla Ice
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Sing it if you remember this song!
13. Movie Buff
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Announce the next chapter in your life with this awesome template that’s easily available online.
14. Fast Food Lovers
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Which came first: the chicken or the nugget? You family and friends are about to find out soon enough.
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Show how much your amazing family is growing with numbers on the wall.
16. Worth Waiting
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Personalize a onesie for the big reveal. You can also gift these to Grandma and Grandpa.
17. Fur Friends
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Don’t forget your fur kids – it’s not going to be so easy on them with the new addition.
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This blast-from-the-past photo is going to be a beautiful reminder in the future.
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Colonel Teddy can’t wait for the arrival of his new recruit!
20. Chalk Announcement
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No time to pick a theme for your pregnancy announcement? Tiny cute shoes say it best.
21. Big Sister
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Let your eldest declare the big news for you in this simple yet colorful concept.
22. Only Child
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This funny photoshoot is bound to be a big hit with grandma and grandpa!
23. Stock Up
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Surprise everyone with a trip to the store to show that you’re stocking up for your new bundle of joy.
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Everyone will be just as shocked as these folks when they hear the big news!
25. Future Daddy
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Haven’t told your partner or spouse yet? Why not surprise him during the photoshoot!
26. Ghibli Baby
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Let the spirit forest guard your lucky baby as you prepare it for the world.
27. Little Spoon
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Expecting twins? This subtle announcement will have everyone exclaiming ‘aww’!
28. A Little Math
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Whether you’re having twins or not, this cute idea is simple yet memorable.
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It can be a huge surprise for parents to be expecting twins – but it’s double the blessings, too.
30. No Drinking
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Serve this tongue-in-cheek labeled wine to guests and see how long it takes for them to get the surprise!