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Announcing Your Pregnancy
July 13, 2011 4:11 am | by

In the last six weeks, I’ve had about 10 women share with me that they are expecting a new member of their family.

It’s always fun and amazing to see how a family’s personality shows with how they choose to announce a pregnancy. With modern technology and social media, there are even more ways to express your joy about your new arrival.

For today’s real mom talk, it’s your turn to share your story. How did you tell your family and friends about your pregnancy? Did you shout to the world all at the same time or tell a few key people first? Did you tell the minute you knew or wait until after your first trimester?

About the Author

Heather is mom to four, born within 40 months (single, twins, single). She writes transparently about her chaotic household to encourage others through the twists and turns of parenting.



  • Aunt Melissa said...
    February 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I am terrible at keeping secrets, with our first we called everyone we could think of about 30 minutes after we took the test. With our second, we decided to test ourselves and waited until my son’s second birthday party, when i was about 10 weeks…we wrapped up a hat that said “i am going to be a big brother” it was the last present, the print was so small that no one got it until my 6 year old neice read it aloud, everyone started screaming! It was perfect, no one had any clue!

  • stampedwithgrace said...
    August 8, 2011 at 9:41 am

    with our first we told right away, after that we waited aobut 4 months. with the last 2, we waited til after the ultrasound and were able to share that we were having a boy (both times)! I love to wait, because it makes the pregnancy go faster for everyone else 🙂

  • StayHomeMom said...
    July 24, 2011 at 12:09 am

    We waited until after the first trimester, which just so happened to be mother’s day weekend. We brought my mom and grandmother out to dinner and announced the news. Hubby told his parents on the phone the same day (they live out of state).. After we told the most important people, we put the 12 week sonogram picture on facebook to announce it to everyone else.

    I’d just like to say, I can’t believe after shopping and being on on so many times, I’ve JUST realized there was a blog! I’m so glad I stumbled across it today! I even mentioned you guys in my blog when I first started! Here’s the link:

    Take care!

  • :::b r a n d i::: said...
    July 14, 2011 at 12:32 am

    We told our Moms first over separate dinners. I think we were about 7-8 weeks along at that point. Then we announced to the rest of the world on Facebook, of course! LOL

  • lizabell said...
    July 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    After over 6 months of trying, I found out I was pregnant the day before my husband’s football team’s playoff game. I couldn’t tell him right away because I knew what a distraction it would be! They lost, and it turned out I had to wait another 5 days to tell him–I didn’t want the news to be marred by the end of the football season. I wrapped up a onesie that said “Tiny Tiger,” tigers being his school mascot. It took him a moment but when he realized what I was telling him he actually cried! We told my parents about a week later, on their anniversary. Our son is their first grandchild, so we gave them an anniversary card for grandparents. For the first time in her life, my mom was speechless! We told his family a few days later when we all met at a local tree farm to cut down our Christmas trees. We bought Babybel cheeses (our last name is pronounced bell) and handed them out, saying we brought a snack. His dad made one of his usual wisecracks about “are we trying to tell them something,” and when his mom saw the big grins on our faces she jumped up and down and gave me the biggest hug ever! It was such fun sharing the news–now we’re just waiting to share the news that our little boy is finally here, any day now!

  • Lacee said...
    July 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I found out while my husband was deployed (about a week after he left! =/) which was just before Easter… I was about 4 weeks pregnant at the time… So I had to wait a an awefully LONG week before I could tell him… then I told my mom at Easter by giving her a “Happy Easter Grandma” card (that she now has framed, lol!) and I told my best friend pretty much right away, and my husband told his family… I hadn’t told my other best friend (who was trying desperately to get pregnant) so I kept having to delete comments on facebook and message the party privately to explain, lol, until I could have dinner with her to tell her.. we went “public” with it when I was about 11 or 12 weeks. I told my boss when I was about 8 weeks, but waited to tell coworkers for another 4 weeks after that… My husband came home when I was about 8 months pregnant, lol, luckily I had a really easy pregnancy other than being really tired for the first trimester and the last trimester…. We now have a healthy baby boy who is 7 months old! =)

  • nadoja said...
    July 13, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I was at work when I found out I was pregnant on December 11, 2009 – I immediately sent a picture message of the positive pregnancy test to my Husband.

    We waited until the December Holidays to announce our pregnancy at family gatherings. After the Holidays, we posted our news online.

  • Christine said...
    July 13, 2011 at 9:46 am

    My husband gets excited, so we told family right away both times. (Althoguh we waited a bit to tell his dad because we weren’t married yet and we wanted to wait before we were judged too much.)

    At 6 weeks, after my first appt, we told the world about my first.

    With my 2nd, We told the internet world after my first appt, at 8 weeks. I announced it with a picture of my older daughter wearing a “big sister” tshirt. I didn’t bother to tell anyone at work (except my boss) because I just didn’t care enough. We let them figure it out … it actually made for some really funny and embarassing convos with some men. We told church people right away.

  • Jacquelyn said...
    July 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

    With my first I didn’t even know I was pregnant until 12 weeks. We told close family and friends then, but waited to know the gender and 20 week check before making it public.

    For baby #2 I told our parents when we got a positive pregnancy test. For other family and friends we waited until I knew the gender (so about 20 weeks).

    Everyone tells me I wait too long to tell, but it’s my news, I can tell when I want 🙂

  • HannahBG said...
    July 13, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Last summer, my family got together in Korea from all over the world. My husband and I from the U.S., my parents from Africa, and my brother from Switzerland. My husband only had two weeks off, so I stayed an additional two weeks by myself. During that time, I began feeling frequent nausea and after taking the usual remedies for indigestion, began suspecting that I was pregnant.

    The morning after I returned to the States, I took a pregnancy test (that my husband had bought ahead of time). My husband was still asleep, so I took out his Texas Longhorns T-shirt and laid it on the dining room table. I also took out a little Longhorns onesie that I had bought (we knew we’d be starting a family soon, so I had started “collecting” baby things :~)) and laid it next to Hubby’s shirt. I placed the positive test in between.

    Then I waited for Hubby to wake up, and once I heard him coming out to the dining room/kitchen, I got the camera ready to video his reaction. :~)

  • The Halbert Home said...
    July 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

    We found out right before Easter so we invited our families over for lunch and told them all at the same time….in easter eggs.

  • Anonymous said...
    July 13, 2011 at 8:33 am

    We found out I was pregnant about 3 weeks before Christmas. Both sets of parents, grandparents and siblings were coming to our house to celebrate.
    We asked everyone to pose for a family picture though my husband and I were sneaky — we actually had the camera set to take video!
    As everyone was lined up and ready to say cheese (and the camera was rolling!), I announced I was pregnant.
    I love having the video to capture everyone’s reactions. We posted the video on Facebook to announce the news to the rest of our friends later that week.

  • Cassie said...
    July 13, 2011 at 8:21 am

    If I have something exciting to share, there is no way I can wait! With our first pregnancy, we told family and close friends right away and once they all knew we told everyone! Unfortunately this pregnancy ended in miscarriage, but the support we received from everyone was amazing and I wouldn’t have changed it for anything!

    With our second pregnancy I was nervous, but wanted others to share in the joy and potential unease of this pregnancy too! I waited a whole 4 days to tell my parents so I could tell them in person. We got little grandma and grandpa bibs as a gift for them to open and waited until they “caught on” – my dad actually caught on first and then my mom cried, it was great! We now have an amazingly healthy, happy 4 1/2 month old little boy (who loves his bumGenius diapers by the way)!

  • JLo said...
    July 13, 2011 at 7:46 am

    First time around we just told family and my employers at the beginning, and then told friends after the first trimester. Back then nobody used Facebook so it was email, phone or by person!

    Second time around, I had just been given 4 weeks notice at my job when we found out so we had to keep it quiet as I needed to find another job, so we just told family and a couple of very close friends. Then when I did get a job there was a problem with some of our tests so we held off even longer. It was after 20 weeks when most of our friends found out (via a “it’s a boy” post on Facebook). My new employers only found out when I went into pre-term labor at 33 weeks and didn’t come back to work!

  • Jill said...
    July 13, 2011 at 7:14 am

    We didn’t tell anyone with our first until we’d gotten through the first trimester. I told my mom at 8 weeks this time, and we told the rest of our family and our church at 14 weeks, and a broader announcement around 18 weeks on my blog and facebook. 6 weeks to go!