Written by: Toni Foot
Announcing your pregnancy is one of the first exciting steps towards welcoming your new baby to the world, especially if you have been patient and kept your news a secret for a while. Why not try one of these fun ways to announce your pregnancy with your friends and family?
Ways to tell your partner
• Leave him a positive pregnancy test to find, with a note ‘from the baby’ saying ‘Hi!’
• Make a banner or poster saying ‘Welcome Home Daddy’ to give him a big surprise after a day out or at work.
• If you can’t wait for him to get home, send him a photo of your positive test.
Interesting ways to tell your children
• Make a treasure hunt for them to follow. You could leave baby items for them to find, or write clues leading to an object (such as a new outfit or an ultrasound picture) for them to guess your news.
• Set an extra place at the table and leave a bib or a bottle there. Try not to mention it unless they do and see if they work it out.
• Get them to close their eyes and hand them a baby object (such as a dummy) and ask them to guess your news.
Fun ways to tell your family
• Get some gifts with ‘new grandma’ etc written on them and send them out. A mug or a photo frame will not only be a fun way to share your news but will also be a nice reminder as they wait for the arrival of your new addition.
• Write ‘new big brother’ (or sister) on a t-shirt or bib when you next visit. Let your older child wear this and wait to see who notices first.
• Give out ‘save the date’ cards with your due date written on them.
• Give out copies of your ultrasound picture in a card saying ‘coming soon’.
Ideas for announcing your pregnancy to your friends
• Post a cryptic clue on your Twitter account. Something like: ‘12+3’ (12 weeks and 3 days pregnant). See who can guess your news first.
• Set up a few baby items and take a picture to share with your friends. You could create a scene with older children or pets and have fun writing captions to share your news. You could line up the members of your family, with a spare seat, baby carseat or even just a piece of paper with a large ‘?’ and take a picture to share.
• Make a poster with older children then photograph them holding it. ‘Promoted to big sister/brother’ could help to make them feel part of sharing your good news.
• Change your Facebook profile picture to an image from your ultrasound scan.
• Get your partner or children to draw on your tummy with makeup or face-paint. Comments such as ‘Occupied’ or ‘Scheduled for expansion’ could help to get your message across.