You’ve taken the home test twice (or thrice) and gone to your doctor, and now all that’s left to do is to announce pregnancy. It may not be as simple as it initially appears, as pregnancy announcements may not just be exciting — they can also be awkward, emotional, and even underwhelming. Nonetheless, this is a very important time in your life as well as the lives of your family members and close friends. Perhaps you can get some ideas from women around the world who have made announcing a pregnancy both fun and memorable.
Letting Daddy Know
First things first: The future father has to know, at least before you go off making pregnancy announcements to the world! Of course, the manner with which you break the news will depend on your personalities as well as the current circumstances. For some expectant mothers, it was all about timing. If Father’s Day is just around the corner, you can announce pregnancy by getting your partner a card for the occasion. He won’t be expecting it, and it’s sure to be a pleasant surprise.
If you can’t do that, you can go for a bit of retail therapy to announce pregnancy instead. Some moms, for example, go out shopping for onesies. You can either lace it somewhere he’s sure to find it, or, to get a better view of his reaction, wrap it up and give it to him as a surprise gift. Alternatively, you can choose to keep the pregnancy test or the first ultrasound images (if you went ahead and had them taken on your own) and wrap these up. If you don’t want your partner to get a clue too quickly, make sure you steer away from ribbons and colors that are too cutesy. The mystery is part of the fun!
For another fun way to announce pregnancy, why don’t you spell it out? Pick up some non-toxic, washable markers or paints, and write a short and sweet note “from” your baby. Make sure the colors have dried before covering your belly, then at the perfect moment, lift up your shirt for daddy to read something like, “Hi, Daddy!”
Sharing with Family and Friends
Announcing a pregnancy can be a great start to a fun celebration with the people closest to your heart. One creative way of doing it is by sending picture cards to loved ones. This works particularly well if you already have other kids. For example, on the cover, you can position a photo of your children or of yourselves whispering a secret. The inner page can then contain a photo of a crib, a bassinet, or even a print-out of your ultrasound image.
Another cool photography idea to announce pregnancy would be to take a photo of yourself in a place or with an object commonly associated with expectant mothers. Some moms have taken pictures of themselves in the act of peeking at an oven (an appropriate accompaniment to the phrase “bun in the oven”), wearing baby carriers, or posing next to the parking lot for pregnant women at the shopping center. If you want to announce pregnancy with a photo, you can go with these suggestions or better yet, think of something that fits your personality more closely. Of course, you don’t want to make your picture too cryptic — you are?announcing a pregnancy, after all!
If you want to immortalize the reactions of your loved ones as you announce pregnancy, then you might want to go with what some moms suggest, which is to pretend you are taking everyone’s picture. As you get everyone in their spot, instead of telling them to “say, cheese,” yell something like, “say, (your name) is pregnant!” You’re bound to get a pretty interesting collection of facial expressions this way. Of course, you would do well to avoid doing this at an occasion where you are celebrating another family member’s milestone, such as an engagement or birthday. This news is bound to get everyone talking about you, so try not to steal the limelight from someone else if you have a feeling it might be inappropriate at that time.
The entrance of a baby into your life is definitely an important event in your life, as well as to your family and close friends. There are countless ways to make this time memorable and happy for everyone, but the way you announce pregnancy is ultimately dependent on your personality — so go ahead and get as creative as you can!