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16 Amazing Ways to Announce Pregnancy to Family (2023)

Updated: Feb 24, 2023

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!




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!


Visit the M&M Website for more details, or visit partycity.com for pre-made baby shower 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.


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.




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