For many women, telling their families that they are pregnant is a task to which they have looked forward for years. If you are like most, you have likely spent a great deal of time trying to devise just the right way to inform your family of this impending life change. While making this announcement may seem simple, in truth, much thought is often required to ensure that everything goes as perfectly as you would wish. By carefully planning your pregnancy announcement, you can ensure that the proclamation is everything that you dreamed it would be and avoid hurting the feelings of any family members who are eager to share in your pregnancy joy.
Pick the perfect time. Timing is everything when it comes to telling your family that you are pregnant. Select a special time, such as a holiday, to make the announcement a sort of gift to your family. Or make any old day special by telling everyone your exciting news. If you have struggled to become pregnant or have experienced a miscarriage in the past, it may be wise to wait as long as possible to tell your family that you are expecting to ensure that your pregnancy is going to progress as planned.
Choose between telling the family together or separately. If your family members are particularly sensitive, it may be wise to tell them as a group to ensure that no one is hurt by not being the first to know. If you do opt to tell your family members separately, you may want to dedicate some time to selecting an order, telling the soon-to-be grandparents first and moving gradually and systematically through the ranks until all know about your pregnancy.
Decide if you would like props for your announcement. Some moms-to-be opt to let a picture speak for them and slip a sonogram into a card to make their announcement. Others surprise family members with T-shirts labeling their relation to the soon-to-be-born baby. Any of these options provide a creative and memorable way to make your announcement.
Get the kids in the game. Older siblings are often eager to take part in the announcement process. Consider dressing your youngest child up in a T-shirt that reads “Big Sister” and taking her to a family gathering. If you elect to do this, wait for others to notice the shirt and squeal with delight before making your announcement.
Accept family congratulations. The congratulations are often the best part of making this announcement. Prepare yourself for a healthy round of hugs and cheers, as your family will likely be thrilled about the new addition.