For parents who are trying for a baby, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing that first positive pregnancy test.
Except maybe the excitement you’ll feel when you’re announcing the big news to your close family and friends.
To help you narrow down your ideas for telling your loved ones, we talked to hundreds of parents, scoured the internet & social media feeds, and came up with our own fun ideas, too.
The result is this thoughtfully curated list. Now all of the best ideas are in one place!
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1. Family Game Night
One fun way to announce your pregnancy is to host a family game night at your house. Once all of the guests have arrived, start a game of Charades or Pictionary.
If you’re playing Charades, start acting out the good news and see how long it takes for everyone to guess what you’re acting out.
If you’re playing Pictionary, you can draw out your exciting news and wait for everyone to catch on!
Or, you can suggest a game of Scrabble and spell out your secret message with the word tiles.
Don’t forget to record your special moment if you want to be able to look back on it.
2. Ice Cream Social (With Personalized M&M’s!)
Invite your close friends and family for an ice cream social.
For the special occasion, your toppings can be personalized m&m’s that share the news with your family.
You can choose custom colors like pink, blue and white, personalized messages like “We’re expecting!” and your due date, and you can even pictures of baby shoes or footprints on your m&m’s!
3. Surprise Family Portrait
You’re about to create the most memorable, hilarious family portrait in the history of your family.
At your next get-together, gather everyone together for a group picture.
When it’s time to take the photo, say “1, 2, 3, I’m pregnant!” Then, take a series of photos of everyone’s reactions.
You’ll have the moment they all learned about your special news forever frozen in time.
4. Custom Cookies
Who doesn’t love being the recipient of a dozen cookies? Your family members will love it even more when they see the message you’re trying to tell them!
Bakers these days can do the darnedest things. Look for a local bakery to create custom cookies that bring your creative ideas to life and announce the good news.
Here are some creative ways Instagram users have used cookies to announce their pregnancy:
First, these cookies from Instagram user @michikocookiecompany make a play on the phrase “bun in the oven” with an over timer set for the due date:
Next, these custom cookies from @bestillbakery even put the sonogram photo on your sweet treat. They also re-created a letter board that says “Coming Soon” and play up the letter B for Baby.
These amazingly designed cookies from @royalcookiesbyrilee play up the bun in the oven theme, as well, but they also have a due date calendar with a heart around the due date, plus a baby onesie cookie with the words “Made With Love”. These make us want a cinnamon roll!
Finally, you can opt for a sassier tone for your big reveal with cookies that say “Shit Just Got Real!” on baby bottle or other baby item, like these cookies from @azucarrococo.
5. Sidewalk Chalk Announcement
Share your message with the entire neighborhood using sidewalk chalk and a little creativity. Your guests will be so surprised as they pull into your driveway and see your colorful designs and unexpected message!
6. Ultrasound Embroidery
We are absolutely floored at the craftsmanship in these gorgeous ultrasound embroideries.
This beautiful machine embroidered rendering of an ultrasound image is done on high quality black linen with a hardwood embroidery hoop, and hand stitched wool felt on the back.
All you have to do is provide the ultrasound image and a few other details.
7. Pregnancy Reveal Puzzle
Is your family puzzled at why you’ve been acting funny lately? Help spell it out for them with a custom pregnancy announcement puzzle that will make it crystal clear.
You can personalize the image and choose from different sizes here.
Shutterfly also allows you to create a puzzle easily from any of your photos, and they have options with contemporary foil borders, heart grids, colorful frames, and more.
8. Custom Book
After they realize what the book is trying to tell them, your family will treasure this item for years to come.
This adorable custom book from Etsy is beautifully illustrated and is such a cute way to reveal your big news to grandparents, aunts and uncles and other family members.
The book shares all the wonderful ways that the new grandparents lives will change. For example, they’ll need to brush up on their storytelling and make a little more room in their homes and hearts.
The book can be personalized in several different places.
9. “Promoted to”Swag
If this is your first baby, there are so many fun ways to let your parents and in-laws know that they’ve been promoted to their new role as future grandparents.
You can also let your brothers and sisters know they’ve been promoted to the role of aunt and uncle.
Whether you get them a new mug, a plaque, or a fun t-shirt, they’ll be excited to envision themselves in a new way!
10. Big Brother / Big Sister Shirts
For baby number 2 or 3 (or more), there are so many cute ways to get the older siblings in on the fun. Dress them up in some cute Big Brother / Big Sister shirts for a heartwarming pregnancy announcement photo.
It’s a simple way to get your exciting message across and involves the whole family.
See also: “25 Best Big Sister Gift Ideas“
11. Box of Chocolates
Life is like a box of chocolates, after all, and you never know what you’re going to get.
You can announce the new member of your family with a custom box of chocolates, each one with a different letter on top spelling out your message.
Or, you can create a custom chocolate bar that says “It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl” to share the wonderful news like the name you’ve chosen for your new family member or the due date:
12. Wear It Proudly
At your next family gathering, you can wear this hilarious Pregnant AF t-shirt to let everyone know about your current situation!
If this one is not your style, do a quick search and you’ll find so many cute t-shirts to help you spread the good news.
13. Matching Jerseys
Sports fans can order custom jerseys with their last name on them, plus a matching onesie with the last name also printed on it.
This is an especially great approach for announcing a first child.
If you already have children, you can also opt for a baseball “Batter on Deck” theme with an ultrasound photo. Line up your kids from oldest child to the youngest child, and place the sonogram picture at the end of the line.
Or, custom order a baby-sized jersey or onesie of your favorite local sports team, and include a “Future ___ Fan” on your baby announcement.
Another cute idea for parents who already have older children is an “Adding to our roster” theme.
Find more fun sports-themed announcements here.
14. Grandparents Starter Kit
This adorable gift box from Etsy is the perfect way to announce the pregnancy news to the new grandparents.
The package includes a jumpsuit, bottle, pacifier, baby socks, and a message on top of the lid. This is a great option for when your parents and in-laws who live far away from you, and you want to do more than just a video chat.
15. Movie Poster
Make your big debut with a creative movie poster.
This one pokes fun at how crazy life can be with children. The “release date” is the due date, and it’s rated B for Baby. It even lists the “actors” who star in the film and there’s a clever production company name, as well.
16. Sonogram Box
This custom gift box folds out and uses the ultrasound picture to share the good news with your recipient. It will be a forever keepsake.
You can order it on Etsy.
17. Fortune Cookie
Surprise your guests with custom-made fortune cookies that have your secret message inside!
Your message could say “You’re going to be a grandparent” or “There will be more additions to your family this year!” or simply “We’re pregnant!”.
You can order these on Amazon, but be sure you customize them before you checkout.
18. Framed Ultrasound Photo
This oldie-but-a-goodie pregnancy reveal method is tried and true.
Find a cute frame, place your sonogram photo inside, and present it to your family members. They’ll be so excited!
This frame from Amazon reads “Precious Little One”.
19. Worth The Wait
This family showed just how hard they worked to become pregnant by forming all of the fertility medical equipment they used into the form of a heart. This touching display is a beautiful way to express that the difficulties and challenges were worth the wait.
20. Stork Cake
There’s nothing a good custom cake can’t make better, including pregnancy announcements! There are so many way to make your pregnancy reveal cake unique.
This gorgeous, colorful cake from @cake_trends celebrates the mother-to-be and would also be appropriate for a baby shower.
This stork cake from @sweet.cake.nazan is whimsical and lighthearted with clouds and an adorable stork carrying the new baby.
21. Announcement Video
You can create your very own professional-looking pregnancy reveal video super easily using a program like Design Wizard. They have pregnancy reveal templates ready to go. You just add your own messages, music, photos, etc.
22. Announcement Flowers
Let your friends and family in on your secret by sending them a bouquet of Chrysanthemums, baby’s breath, or pink roses or tulips, and a sweeet note.
Chrysanthemums symbolize fidelity, long life, and cheerfulness, and are often thought of as a symbol of pregnancy.
23. Baby Shoes
Some of the cutest pregnancy reveal announcements use tiny baby shoes to insinuate that a little one is on the way.
Whether you choose tiny Doc Martens, hiking boots, winter boots, trendy sneakers, or some other type of shoe, you can show off your family’s personality creatively through baby footwear.
24. Announcement Card
If you do a pregnancy photo shoot, you can use one of your photos to create a pregnancy announcement card for your extended friends and family and to post on social media. You can use Shutterfly, Zazzle, or another photo service to create these quickly and easily.
You can also create a digital announcement very easily using templates available on Etsy. They have all different themes for holidays throughout the year, sports, seasons, humor, etc.
25. Dress up your dog
If you’re already a dog parent, then the best way to break the news to everyone is to get your furry friend in on the action.
This sign from Etsy says “My parents are getting me a human”.
You can also take a photo of your covering his eyes and saying “Shh! We haven’t told him yet”, with a photo of the ultrasound.
26. Mom & Dad Baseball Hats
Since you’re going to be doing a lot of coaching as a parent, it’s a great idea to look the part. Get ready for the “big game” and surprise your family with these embroidered Mom & Dad baseball hats.
27. Picnic with Paper Plates
A great way to tell everyone your big news is to invite them over for a picnic and offer them each one of these funny “Guess What” paper plates with baby fooprints on them. That should get everyone guessing!
28. “I Can’t Drink This, But You Can” Wine Bottle
What better way to celebrate this happy occasion than with a bottle of wine? (For everyone else, at least!)
Serve up wine with this custom label at your pregnancy reveal dinner party for a good laugh.
You can also put “Pairs Well With… becoming a grandparent” on the bottle for another clever message.
29. Book My Reservation Onesie
The soon-to-be grandparents will get a kick out of this adorable gender neutral onesie announcing your baby’s arrival.
The reservation is booked! Time for grandma and grandpa to get the nursery ready.
30. Youngest —> Middle (Third Baby!)
There’s a new youngest child in town!
This is a funny way to get the older siblings in on the action if you already have two children. Have the current youngest hold a sign with the word “youngest” crossed out and their new “middle” status written for all to see.
Of you can have them wear these shirts from a cute Etsy shop.
31. Quail Egg
This is an adorably charming way to let your loved ones know you’re pregnant. Put a personalized message inside of the egg and have them crack it open to read it! Available on Etsy.
32. Bun in the Oven
What better way to let your long-distance relatives know there’s a bun in the oven than by sending them an actual bun?
No, it’s not edible. But it does get the message across pretty well! Available on Etsy.
33. Always Read the Fine Print Candle
Send your family members a beautifully scented candle with your big news… in very small letters.
That should teach them to always read the fine print!
34. Custom “Brews”
Something new is brewing… inside of you. Let your family and friends know with these custom beer labels. They’ll cheers to that!
35. Win The Lottery
You’ve won the lottery with this new blessing in your life, so this is the perfect way to let everyone know about it.
This surprise idea comes in the form of a replica lottery card. (Of course, every replica lottery card is a winner!)
36. New Player
For parents who are gamers, this is the perfect way to announce a new baby. You can order custom Player 1 and Player 2 t-shirts, and order a baby onesie that says “Player 3 has entered the game”.
37. Casual Coffee
Invite your family member over for coffee or tea. Will you be able to bite your tongue and wait for them to finish every last drop so they can read the surprise message on the bottom of the mug?
38. Job Announcement
Let your child be the stay of your pregnancy announcement with this clever “I got the job” sign.
What’s the job they procured? Big Brother or Big Sister!
39. Plot Twist Twin Announcement
You know the saying: We make plans and God laughs.
But it’s especially rare that parents expect to get news of expecting twins. Celebrate your good fortune with these hilarious “Plot Twist” onesies that share the news in a lighthearted way.
You can also use this approach for a pregnancy that is a bit unexpected. Here is a Plot Twist onesie for just one baby:
40. Grandma Necklace
This classic 14 karat gold vermeil Mattie bar necklace from Kendra Scott is the perfect gift for the soon-to-be grandmother.
It can be personalized up to 8 letters to fit whatever she wants to be called in her new role as grandma.
41. Eviction Notice
If you’ve got an older sibling still sleeping in a crib that will soon be used by a new baby, you can let everyone know your due date by transforming it into a funny eviction notice. You can get an editable template from Etsy or make your own.
42. Color-changing Mugs
Hide any surprise message on this magical color changing mug. It looks like a regular black mug, but when it gets hot, it turns white and reveals your hidden message!
43. Fridge Calendar
Your family will know something’s up when they see this adorable due date calendar on your refrigerator the next time they’re over. You can search online for a template you love. Most of them have a heart around the due date.
44. Fishing Buddy Lure
If you have an avid fisherman in your family, this is the one of the most unique ways to tell them about your new baby.
They’ll always treasure this engraved personalized fishing lure. Who knows? Maybe it will bring them good luck on their next fishing trip!
45. Golfing Accessories
The golf love in your family will appreciate this special message on a golf ball marker, and they’ll be so excited to have a future golfing buddy on the way! It’s sure to be their favorite golf accessory. (At least for awhile!)
A personalized golf ball is another great option for a golf-loving relative.
Let your party decorations do the talking! These gold balloons that say “Pregnant AF” are sure to get the message across to your family and friends. You can also use them for a baby shower.
47. Marauder’s Map for Harry Potter Lovers
This 11×14 Marauders Map was inspired by the Harry Potter series and is a fun way to tell your Harry Potter-loving friends and family that you are expecting. This digital file sold on Etsy comes with two files to be printed front and back.
48. I Declare Pregnancy shirt for ‘The Office’ Lovers
When Michael Scott dramatically declared “I declare bankruptcy” on “The Office” series, it was forever etched in fan’s minds. Now, you can declare pregnancy with this funny t-shirt.
49. New Netflix Profile
Surprise your family subtly and see if they notice that you’ve created a new Netflix profile for the new baby.
50. KISS Method (Keep it simple, silly!)
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by this list, or all the new items on your to-do list since you found out you were expecting, just keep it simple.
Tell your closest friends and family that you’re pregnant and revel in the beauty of the moment, even if it’s just a simple phone call or heart to heart conversation over coffee. It will be memorable no matter what you do (or do not) plan for.
Only you will know when the right time to announce your pregnancy is.
First things first, you’ll want to share the news with your partner. It’s important to keep in mind that about 10-20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, so the risk of miscarriage is a very real one for all of us. For this reason, some people think it’s a good idea to wait until the end of the first trimester to share your big announcement publicly with a social media post or share with your extended family and friends.
However, you will probably want to tell your very close friends and family because no matter what happens, you’re going to need their love and support.
We hope you loved this thoughtfully curated list of creative pregnancy announcement ideas. We had so much fun putting it together!
We wish you all the healthy and happiness in the world as you embark on this new pregnancy journey.