A positive pregnancy test makes expectant parents jump for joy — and they can't wait to share the news with their loved ones! While the news of a new baby is exciting enough, sometimes you want to surprise your friends and family with a creative announcement. Get inspired with these five unique ideas to share "the big news."
Congrats to Fergie and Josh Duhamel, who today announced that they're expecting their first chid via Twitter. "Josh & Me & BABY makes three!!!," the proud mom-to-be tweeted, along with the hashtag "#mylovelybabybump," and this adorable collage of the couple's baby pictures.
While some celebs keep their pregnancies under wraps for as long as possible, others prefer to spread the news on their own terms, be it via social media, or on stage. From Beyoncé's unforgettable VMA performance to Busy Philipps's tweeted pregnancy test, take a look at how these 13 famous mamas shared their exciting baby announcements with their fans.
Whether you're expecting baby number one or three, sharing the news with friends and family is exciting. Here's a collection of unique ways other parents-to-be have told the world about their little one on the way, from a heartwarming slideshow with a surprise ending to a secret baby-themed gift. Click through to get inspired!
Moms-to-be, take note: as soon as you share your pregnancy news with friends and family, they just may begin to form opinions on your approach to motherhood. Did you share too early? Too late? With too many people? Not enough? Everyone has their own approach to how and when to share their baby news, and despite the fact that it's a very personal matter, meddling moms and mother-in-laws (or even great aunts, second cousins and co-workers) are likely to share their own take as to how they would have handled the task.
We're curious: When did you announce that you were pregnant to your family and friends? Do you wish you'd done it sooner? Waited longer? Turned it into more of an event? Do tell!
There's no shortage to creativity when it comes to sharing baby news with loved ones! We've seen everything from fun photo shoots and custom clothing to digital announcements, but this Etsy find may take the cake in terms of creativity.
Oregon-based Little Elephant Crafts empties and cleans real quail eggs before filling them with customized notes that reveal a couple's news upon cracking the eggs. The Quail Egg Custom Pregnancy Announcements ($7 each) are individually set in a nest of Spanish moss and boxed, ready to be mailed to family and friends (for an additional $1.29 each). The unique announcements easily take the place of calling friends and family to share the news, but wouldn't you want to see their reactions when they open them?
When British photographer Tom Robinson found out he was going to be a father, he couldn't wait to share the news with friends and family. "It's generally a good idea to wait until the three-month scan before telling people you're going to have a baby, just to make sure everything is OK. I'm terrible at keeping secrets, so after only a few weeks I told my boss at work that I was going to be a dad and his reaction was so priceless, I instantly knew I had to capture the reactions of my close friends and family," Tom said. "We hadn't been trying for a baby and I was 29, which for London is fairly young to have a child, so I knew I'd get some good reactions." And thus "I'm Going to Be a Dad" was born.
Keep reading to see how Tom's family and friends reacted to the news!
Source: Tom Robinson Photography
Moms love Facebook. In just a few short years, the social networking site has become the de facto playground for showing off baby pictures, bragging about lil one's latest accomplishments —often to friends' chagrin — and asking friends and family for parenting advice.
The world's largest social network is about to become a tool for announcing pregnancies as well. Though Facebook recently removed a page belonging to an unborn baby, the company recently added an an "expected child" option to members' profile pages. Parents-to-be can now add their unborn child, her future name, and due date, to their families in the "friends and families" portions of profiles, and the updates appear in friends' newsfeeds. In an age where oversharing has become the norm, how do you feel about learning friends are pregnant through a newsfeed update?
Finding the perfect way to tell family and friends about your expectant status is one of the top priorities for a newly pregnant couple. Forty-eight percent of LilSugar readers opted to spread the news in person, but that's not always possible.
A reader recently wrote in looking for a creative way to broadcast her impending arrival. After trying to conceive for several years, she's now expecting, but the online announcement she had bookmarked is no longer available. Help the expectant mom out and tell us the most creative way you've heard a couple share their news.
Mommies–to–be can upload a picture of their ultrasound, their burgeoning belly or use a simple template on one of many pregnancy story cards.