Pregnancy is such an exciting time! From finding out that you are pregnant, through the various stages of pregnancy (some not so fun), to the birth of your child, there is so much to learn and experience.
Some couples wait until the second trimester to announce a pregnancy, while others can’t wait to share the news right away. If you are pregnant (congratulations!) and looking for a fun way to tell family and friends, here are a few suggestions:
5 Creative Pregnancy Announcements
1. Say it With Video
I always wanted to announce my pregnancies with a funny music video, but I forget the small detail that I tend to get Chandler Bing face on camera and I don’t have a great singing voice (and by not great, I mean terrible).
If you happen to have a great singing voice and the ability to smile naturally on camera, a pregnancy announcement video can be a fun way to tell the world. This is my personal favorite pregnancy announcement video:
2. Say It With Photos
There are so many ways to announce with photos. From the classic ultrasound photo (though some people prefer not to have ultrasounds, especially in the first trimester without a strong medical reason), to the classic shoes photos to a picture of mom holding a jar of “Prego” pasta sauce.. there are so many ways to announce with photos.
You can even find some funny ways to announce in a photo, like Dad passed out after seeing the positive pregnancy test, or Dad holding two bags of ice and mom pointing to her tummy for an “Ice, Ice Baby” parody.
This post has 50 fun ways to announce a pregnancy in a photo (photo source).
3. Let Older Kids Announce
This is one way we have announced before and it was a really sweet way to tell family. We let our older children announce that we were expecting again. There are a lot of options for an older-sibling announcement too:
- Give the current youngest child a “big brother” or “big sister” shirt to wear to a gathering or in a picture
- Take a picture of your children reading a “big brother” book or a book about the new baby
- Post an “eviction notice” on the crib of the youngest child and take a picture to send to family and friends
4. Have a Pet Announce
This is especially cute for a first child if you already have pets. I’ve seen cute announcements with pictures of a pet with a sign that says something like:
- Guard dog duty starting (insert due date)
- Mom and Dad are getting me a baby human
Or a dog sitting pretending to read a copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” (even though I don’t care for the book).
5. On Your Blog
If you have a blog, this can be another great place to creatively announce a pregnancy….
Speaking of which, this would be a good time to let you know…
If you’re counting, that is #6. We are due in February and we couldn’t be more excited. (If you want to catch up on my previous pregnancy and birth stories, I’ve compiled them here)
And not that any of you would ever ask, but I figured I’d proactively include these answers in case the random people I meet in the grocery store happen to read my blog:
- Yes, we do know what causes that (and yes, we rather enjoy it!)
- Yes, we do have a TV
- No, we are not crazy (ok, maybe a little)
- Yes, my hands are wonderfully full
- Yes, actually, we are Catholic
- Yes, I’ve heard of birth control, I’m not a fan of artificial hormones, actually
- Yes, they are all mine
- Yes, they have the same father
- No, it really isn’t your business if we are stopping or not (specifically addressed to random checkout clerk at the store who has asked the same question 5 times, including asking if I’m going to have any more while I’m visibly pregnant)
- No, we are not getting “fixed” as clearly nothing is broken
- Yes, we do get time to ourselves sometimes (obviously)
I promise WellnessMama.com won’t turn into a pregnancy blog, though I do plan to take the opportunity to write a few new posts on pregnancy/birth/fertility related topics that I’ve gotten a lot of questions about recently.
If you are pregnant as well, check out all of my pregnancy related posts, including this one about the prenatal care options I chose (and which ones I skipped) and these top ten pregnancy books that I found helpful.
I’ve also compiled an ebook of all of my top pregnancy and birth resources, including the supplements I take while pregnant, the diet I follow, my routine and resources that helped me have natural births (and a vbac). It also includes a list of supplies I packed for hospital births and how I prepared for my home births, as well as some tips for getting baby in a good position for birth.
Even though this will be my 6th pregnancy, I’m doing something different that I haven’t done since my first:
Here’s why. As a first time mom I took All. Of. The. Birth. Classes.
Lamaze, Bradley, even Hypno-babies.
After my first birth I realized an important fact: labor pain can not be accurately described in smiley or sad faces, and my biggest struggle is relaxing and staying joyful during labor (which is what helps me the most when I’m able to do it).
I’ve successfully birthed 5 children and have “doula-d” for dozens of births, but I still get nervous about labor.
This time, my friend Genevieve, aka Mama Natural has a birth course that she filmed with a doula and midwife-in-training. It includes input from pregnant couples, experts, and a ton of medical research.
Even though I’ve done this whole birth gig more than Genevieve has, she achieved something I have not- a joyful and mostly painless birth. Her birth video from her last birth (which you can watch in the course) shows her happy in labor and declaring “that was awesome” as soon as she delivers her baby.
I also love the community aspect of her pregnancy course. With past pregnancies, I joined Facebook groups or online pregnancy forums and found ways to network with other pregnant women, but always became frustrated because most of the expectant mothers were not on the same page in regards to birth plans, pregnancy, labor, and birthing preferences.
The Mama Natural Birth Course has a wonderful group of moms striving for a joyful natural birth and a ton of great info about pregnancy and birth (including a bonus workout video that I’m loving right now).
If you’re pregnant like me, or if you hope to be in the near future, I’d love if you’d join me in this online birth course.
If not, I hope you’ll follow along with my pregnancy through my blog (and possibly my labor too if my husband is successful in getting me to Periscope parts of it!).
Do you have any specific pregnancy or birth related questions you’d like me to write about in the coming months? Let me know in the comments below!
If you have kids, how did you tell family/friends that you were expecting? Share below!