Putting together creative pregnancy announcement ideas has become something of an art form.
You only get one chance to announce your pregnancy. So, it’s important to consider how you’re going to share the news.
- When Should You Announce A Pregnancy?
- How to Announce Pregnancy
- Funny Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
- Cute Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
- Creative Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
- Surprise Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
- Pregnancy Announcement Ideas With Pets
- Pregnancy Announcement Ideas With Siblings
- Holiday Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
- Geeky Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
- The Happiest News
When Should You Announce A Pregnancy?
Congratulations, you’re pregnant!
Now it’s time to make the first decisions of your pregnancy: when and who to tell?
When to announce your pregnancy depends on who you are going to tell. Partners are usually the first to know, followed by close family and friends. Most of us wait until at least the end of the first trimester before telling anyone else.
The reason for this is that the risk of experiencing a miscarriage decreases as your pregnancy progresses. Once a pregnancy is in its thirteenth week, the risk of miscarriage is significantly smaller, so women feel more comfortable sharing their news.
How to Announce Pregnancy
When you’re planning your pregnancy announcement, there are some things to consider.
- Who are you telling? A surprise pregnancy announcement to your partner is likely to be different than an announcement involving anyone else.
- When are you going to make your announcement? Are you planning to wait until as late as possible to tell the world about your pregnancy? In that case, your pregnancy announcement might involve sharing your bump. Many women opt to wait until their second trimester begins to make the announcement since the risk of miscarriage drops (1).
- Do you want to control who knows about your pregnancy? If you do, then don’t post an exciting or creative pregnancy announcement on social media.
- How elaborate is your pregnancy announcement idea? Are you thinking of a simple, clever photo to post? Or will your idea require ordering special props and hiring a photographer or videographer?
- Does your pregnancy announcement reflect your personality? You won’t want a cute and fluffy pregnancy announcement if you are a serious or stodgy person.
Need some inspiration? Here are some picks for the best pregnancy announcement ideas.
Funny Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
1. Movie Poster Fun
You can buy templates for pregnancy announcement movie photos. Take your own photograph, add a tagline, and round it off with your due date.
2. Chalk It Up
This idea packs a big punch to the funny bone while being simple to set up. All you need is your positive pregnancy test, your partner, and a floor!
4. Say It With An Ear Worm
Take “Baby shark, do do do do” and turn it into “Baby (your name), due due due due” and add your due date. Your pregnancy announcement will stay with people for days.
5. A Streaming Story
This one may not be for everybody, but if your family and friends share your sense of humor, a pregnancy announcement that’s verging on the naughty might hit the mark.
6. Traditional Meets Modern
Take the old-fashioned “bun in the oven” saying and use it to tell everyone about your impending parenthood. This has the added bonus of being incredibly simple to do.
7. A Laugh WIth A Twist
Find the humor in the downsides of pregnancy. Spending a lot of time throwing up? Use the situation to announce your pregnancy, especially if you can turn the sickness element on its head.
8. We’re All Winners
The recipients of these scratch cards will have the excitement of winning a possible prize. Then they’ll have the joy of discovering the prize is your pregnancy.
9. Onesie Humor
There are multiple funny pregnancy announcement onesies available. I chose this one because it is a little more creative than just holding the onesie, but it is easy to replicate.
Cute Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
10. Tiny Shoes
There are many variations on the “cute, tiny shoes photo” pregnancy announcement. This one stands out because of the use of chalk and the inclusion of the baby’s name.
11. Fruity News
You can’t get much cuter than a tiny piece of fruit. Bonus points for this pregnancy announcement because it has an air of mystery. It doesn’t scream “I’m having a baby!” at first glance.
12. A Team Effort
If you are a sports fan who is looking for a way to announce your pregnancy, then adding a new member to your team via a onesie could be great for you.
13. Add It Up
If you are pregnant with multiples, this simple math equation stands as a pregnancy announcement on its own, or as a “follow-up” announcement when you discover you are having multiple babies.
14. Sock It To Me
This pregnancy announcement gives you the ideal excuse to buy tiny clothes — you can use any baby clothing item you like.
15. The Family Business
If you or your partner have a career about which you feel passionate, use it in your pregnancy announcement. Bonus points if you can also work in a pun.
16. Bake The News
You don’t have to be a baker to tell the world about your baby through the medium of baked goods. Make your own or order some from a local baker and then add a copy of your ultrasound to drive the point home.
17. Gift The News
You can make a kit for anyone in the family, wrap them up, and put a big bow on top. Then you get to enjoy watching the recipients unwrap the surprise.
18. Snuggle Bug
This pregnancy announcement is cute and reflects the interests of mom and dad. Use a miniature item connected to your own hobbies or pastimes.
19. An Announcement With Sole
Another twist on the tiny shoe pregnancy announcement. This one uses the month and year of birth of both parents and the baby’s expected arrival month.
20. Piece It Together
You can buy these puzzles and either hand them out to family members or have them shipped directly to the people you want to tell.
Creative Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
21. Cryptic Announcement
The professional photographers who set up this pregnancy announcement made clever use of a balloon, a camera, and the rest of the family.
22. Play With It
If you and your partner are fans of a particular toy or game, work it into your pregnancy announcement. You’ll also have a keepsake to enjoy.
23. Adding Another Shot
You could use the multiple sizes of any well-known drink brand to pull this one off.
24. Who’s This?
If you use this idea, you can see who gets the news straight away and who needs some time to catch on.
25. Cards Against Pregnancy
Have friends and family members who know and play Cards Against Humanity? This might be the pregnancy announcement you are looking for.
26. Ultrasound Trickery
Try something like this if you’ve got a few photo editing skills and the imagination to apply them to your pregnancy announcement.
27. The End Of The World As We Know It
Show you have a sense of humor and create a pregnancy announcement that shows you giving away your glam clothes and your fun toys.
28. Still Kids At Heart
You could make an exact copy of this, or use the idea with a chalkboard and any other props laid flat and photographed from above.
29. Place Your Bump Center Stage
It can be a baseball-themed tee-shirt, but it doesn’t have to be. Choose a pregnancy-themed tee-shirt, snap a photo, and use the results as your pregnancy announcement social media post.
30. A Twist On The Bun In The Oven
Is the bun in the oven a little too simple? How about a photo of your recipe for a new family member? Add an ultrasound photo and your flour hand-printed bump, and you have a creative twist on a well-known phrase.
31. Graphic Novel Edition One
Start your own graphic novel series featuring your unborn child and make the first edition your pregnancy announcement. Continue the fun by creating covers to share news such as a gender reveal.
32. Building Your Own Backup
If you or your partner are in the military or are an emergency responder, consider a pregnancy announcement in uniform with a clever chalkboard announcement.
33. Make Them Work For It
Post a photo of you eating ice cream with a tub of pickles sitting near you, and then sit back and wait for the questions.
Surprise Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
34. A Famous Helping Hand
Ok, so this isn’t the kind of pregnancy announcement you can really plan, but given the opportunity — how cool would this be?
35. Drink It In
Pregnancy announcement cups are available for many family members. You can use a photo of the bottom of the cup as a wider pregnancy announcement.
36. Accidents Will Happen
If you weren’t planning on becoming pregnant, make it clear how you feel about your “little oops.”
37. The First To Know
An emerging trend is to hire a photographer and take your partner out for a photoshoot. They think it’s just for fun until you drop the big news on them.
38. An Intimate Share
You could make your partner a gift using your positive test, a loving note, and an item of baby clothing, for a moment they’ll never forget.
39. Surprise — Again
It can be just as much a surprise to announce your subsequent pregnancies as it was to announce your first. To surprise your partner, you don’t have to go to all of the trouble of setting up the professional photoshoot. This DIY version is just as creative and special.
40. See What We Did?
If a chalkboard isn’t your style, how about a letter board and an ultrasound picture to spring your surprise on your loved one?
41. Light It Up
Alternatively, you can buy a simple lightbox with letters. Then you set up your sign alongside an ultrasound picture and wait for your loved one to come home and discover the news.
42. It’s A Goal
Have a sports-loving partner? Then set up a pregnancy announcement using their sports gear. Take a photo for them first and then use the photo as a wider pregnancy announcement.
43. Move Them With A Movie
Stage a photo using an edited film poster for your favorite movie. Not only will you have a fun and original pregnancy announcement to share, but you’ll also have a unique keepsake.
44. Getting Social
If you or your partner are players in social media, then you can create your announcement using social usernames on a fun photo. Take a picture of how you are reacting to the big news and share it all with the world.
Pregnancy Announcement Ideas With Pets
45. Paws For Thought
If you have a dog who is your fur baby rather than “just a pet,” create a pregnancy announcement with them front and center. Set up a fun photoshoot showing your dog researching how to cope once there’s a baby in the house.
46. A Sign Of What’s To Come
Get yourself a chalkboard, letterboard, or some other “I’m going to be a big brother/sister” prop, and you’ve got an oh-so-cute pet-centric pregnancy announcement.
47. And My Next Job Is…
Track down a sign online, snap a picture, and you’re ready to share the news. If you’re not a cute and cuddly “fur baby” type, there are plenty of alternatives to big brother/sister announcements, such as this one.
48. Big Changes Are Coming For Us All
Many people use “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” as a prop. Take it a step further and include your pet “reading” the equivalent book for dogs or cats.
49. Certificate Of Suitability
Create new jobs for your pets. The creator of this pregnancy announcement made “Official Toy Tester” and “Diaper Sniffer” just two of the roles for their four-legged friends.
50. Funny Bunny
No need to exclude other pets. Your bunny can also join in the fun.
One cat + cat big sister tee + ultrasound = memorable pregnancy announcement.
52. Spell It out
Use a letterboard to share your news alongside your cat’s worried expression.
53. Secrets From Pets
Use humor to share the news with your family, but not the dogs!
54. A Set-Up
Prepare for your pet and baby to be BFFs.
55. A Shoe Twist
Remember the baby shoe announcement? Add your pets’ collars for a fun personal twist.
Pregnancy Announcement Ideas With Siblings
Share how the current crib resident is reacting to the big news.
57. A Positive Spin
Not all siblings will be unhappy. Some will see the positive side of their new big sister/brother status.
58. Vote For Me
Create your own lawn sign. It can be done with cardboard, and dress the sibling up as a political candidate.
59. Quick And Easy
A homemade sign gets the point across with a fun twist.
Dressing up the sibling-to-be and using a glamorous prop makes this a cute spin on the sibling pregnancy announcement.
Use your child’s passions to create a punny sign, or buy one online.
62. Movie Fun
Use toys and dress-up clothes to theme your pregnancy announcement.
A letterboard, the big news, and some funny faces make this a cute pregnancy announcement.
64. What I Think
Alternatively, give each sibling a funny comment to hold in the announcement.
65. Aerial Simplicity
Draw with chalk, add one sibling and take a photo from a ladder or wall.
The sibling reaction doesn’t need words. An ultrasound pic, some baby shoes, and a shocked family will do the trick. A pink or blue pair also serves as a gender reveal.
67. Flesh And Fur Babies
All you need for this are some siblings, fur babies, chairs, and an ultrasound pic. Do the rest with some basic photo editing software and you have a beautiful pregnancy announcement.
68. Waiting For My Playmate
Any photo of your child playing can be transformed into a pregnancy announcement with a sign.
69. A New Team Member
Use your team colors, some existing team merchandise, and some photo editing to announce your new team member.
70. Balloon Reveal
It couldn’t be simpler to create a gender reveal and pregnancy announcement crossover with some balloons, a letter board, and some super cute siblings.
Holiday Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
71. Pumpkin Baby
If your carving skills don’t stretch to an intricate belly baby, use a stencil, carve, and share your news.
72. Pumpkin In Pumpkin
Alternatively, you could name a pumpkin for each family member and cryptically place a tiny pumpkin in the momma pumpkin’s belly.
73. A Family Announcement
Dress up family members in matching t-shirts for this cute and subtle Halloween pregnancy announcement.
74. Ho Ho Ho
Either lay a tiny Santa hat on your baby’s ultrasound picture or use some photo editing software to place a drawn one on their head.
75. Naughty Elves
Elf on the Shelf ideas can be in short supply. Set one up with your ultrasound photo for your family to find.
76. Tasty News
Use bunnies, ducklings, eggs or any other Easter candy in a range of sizes.
77. Love-ly News
Make use of Valentine’s Day and this cute rhyme to announce your pregnancy. Any Valentine’s Day props would make this idea work.
78. Sharing Good Luck
This easy-to-recreate picture makes the most of St. Patrick’s Day.
79. Lucky Charm
Chalkboard + green onesie + happy couple = the perfect St Patrick’s Day pregnancy announcement. This could be done anywhere.
80. Parenting Resolve
New Year, new baby in a party hat. Pun your way through your announcement with resolutions you’ll be happy to keep.
81. Flat Lay Fun
Use your New Year’s party props to spell out the good news.
82. Fill The Nest
Less is more with this simple-to-recreate nest with an extra egg.
83. Spell It Out
Have everyone make a dyed Easter egg. Name each egg, and add one for the baby.
84. Hang It Up
An extra little stocking added to the fireplace makes a cute Christmas pregnancy announcement.
Geeky Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
85. I Am Your Father
Star Wars fans who already have the props for this will find it quick and easy to recreate.
A couple of props and some basic photo editing skills are all that’s needed for this pregnancy announcement.
87. New Player
Whatever your gaming system is, you can create a new player pregnancy announcement by adding a smaller controller.
88. Caught It
Basic artistry and some washable paints are all you need to let the world know there’s a new Pokemon in town.
89. A Strange New World
Dress in your favorite character’s clothes, hold a Star Trek onesie, and use the famous introduction to announce your pregnancy.
90. D&D and Baby
D&D fans can print out a new character sheet and add their baby’s details.
91. Star Wars Siblings
This pregnancy announcement was made by photoshopping the siblings’ faces onto existing character photos. You could also create this by having the siblings dress up.
92. A New Hero In Town
Make use of costumes you already have by grabbing a matching onesie and using it to share your news.
93. Tee Shirt Simple
Peg t-shirts to the fence, washing line, or something similar. Use an adult tee for each parent, a midsize tee for each sibling, and a baby tee for the new arrival.
94. It’s Magical
Costumes, props, and photo editing combine for this Harry Potter-theme pregnancy announcement.
95. Version 1.3
If you speak another language — such as programming — send a pregnancy announcement using the words that speak to you.
Lay out some baby items connected to your fandom, add an ultrasound, and you’ve got yourself a pregnancy announcement.
97. Scientific Discovery
You can recreate this pregnancy announcement with any form of the elemental table.
98. Who’s This?
Fans of the Doctor may want to create a pregnancy announcement like this one. Templates can be found online.
99. A New Reader
Sit with copies of your favorite book series and sit a soft toy on top of another volume.
100. A New Staff Member
Fans of The Office can buy tee-shirts in adult or child sizes with “Regional Manager’ and a onesie that says “Assistant To The Regional Manager.”
The Happiest News
No matter how, when, or where you choose to make your pregnancy announcement, be sure to have it reflect who you are. In the years to come, you will want to look back and smile when you see how you told the world.