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Pregnancy Announcement 101: When and How to Announce Your Pregnancy

The excitement of your pregnancy might be hard to keep under wraps, and you’re dying to tell your loved ones. So when is it safe to announce your pregnancy? There’s really no right or wrong answer, as long as it’s a decision you’re comfortable with.

When to announce pregnancy

As you embark on your journey towards parenthood, you’re probably asking yourself, when should you announce your pregnancy?

You might be itching to shout it from the rooftops, but worry it could be too soon. Perhaps you’ve miscarried in the past and don’t want to jump the gun. The bottom line is that you have to make your pregnancy announcement when and only when it feels right.

When is it safe to announce pregnancy?

The chances for a miscarriage or spontaneous abortion significantly decrease after the first trimester. As a result, many couples choose to wait until the most delicate stage (generally the first 10 to 12 weeks) has passed.

Some delay making their pregnancy announcement until it’s been confirmed by a doctor. A dating ultrasound (which determines your due date) is usually performed between 11 and 14 weeks. Genetic screenings and other tests conducted around the same time offer expectant parents a little peace of mind before they decide to go public.

Alternatively, many women opt to share the news at the point when they’re starting to show. This varies by individual, but usually occurs around the end of the first trimester.

Other possibilities include postponing your pregnancy announcement until you find out the sex of your baby. This particular ultrasound is done between 16 and 20 weeks.

In the event of an unplanned pregnancy, it’s especially important to contemplate when to announce your pregnancy. But keep in mind that if morning sickness and other symptoms interfere with work, you may need to have a private conversation with your employer.

Pregnancy announcement to parents

Many women tell their parents and other family members first, and benefit from the support network this creates. When the time comes for your pregnancy announcement, think about recording their reactions or breaking the news in a memorable way.

How to announce pregnancy to your friends

Again, it’s a personal choice. Friends can also provide a strong network of support during pregnancy, but there are other factors to take into account. Perhaps a close friend has struggled with fertility issues, and it could be a sensitive subject.

Once you’ve decided to move forward with your pregnancy announcement, why not get creative? Post it on social media, or text, email, or send them a photo of your positive pregnancy test results.

When to announce pregnancy to your employer

As previously mentioned, there may be certain physical limitations impacting your ability to work. You’ll naturally have to take some time off in a few months and the sooner you notify your employer, the better. If you’d prefer not to let colleagues know about your pregnancy, don’t be afraid to ask your employer to exercise discretion. It’s also an appropriate time to discuss how to streamline your transition to maternity leave.

12 ways to announce pregnancy

Looking for unique ways to announce your pregnancy? Whether it’s happening next week or months from now, there are countless ways to ensure your pregnancy announcement is unforgettable.

1. Chalkboard note

You and your partner can hold a chalkboard message in front of the camera, or simply set the board against a plain background.

2. Confetti party

Throw a handful of confetti over the message as you’re snapping a photo of it. Try shooting it multiple times, then choose your favorite one.

3. Bun in the oven

A picture’s worth a thousand words. Place any kind of bun in the oven and take a picture of it. Family and friends are sure to pick up on the hint!

4. Ultrasound photo

Get straight to the point and drop a copy of your ultrasound in the mail. It’s ideal for loved ones who live far away and want a sweet memento.

5. Heartbeat recording

Send an audio file of your baby’s heartbeat via text or email. The proud grandparents will want to play it back again and again!

6. Menu special

Book a reservation at your favorite restaurant or café for family and friends. Then ask the staff to print your announcement right on the menu. 

7. Get creative with food

Special order chocolates or fortune cookies with a custom message. Or, write it underneath their teacups or dinner plates.

8. Wrap it up

Turn your pregnancy announcement into a gift-giving opportunity. Box and wrap a t-shirt with the big news printed on it, then add a bow.

9. Include the kids

Let your baby’s future siblings in on the fun by asking them to draw the message with sidewalk chalk. Snap a pic and share it with everyone.

10. Shoe collection

Take a photo of your shoes, your partner’s shoes, and a brand new pair of baby shoes lined up next to your front door. No words necessary.

11. Wine notes

Make your pregnancy announcement by giving friends and relatives signature wine glasses. Write “Do not refill until due date” on each one.

12. Buy your first onesie

Get a shot of a newborn-sized onesie with “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl” printed across the front and forward to everyone you know.  

Clearly, your pregnancy announcement can be anything but ordinary. The main thing to remember, though, is that it’s done when the time feels right. Have fun and celebrate this joyous occasion with those closest to you. Next step: planning the baby shower!






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