Got a long distance pregnancy announcement to make? Here are some ideas for you to make it extra special!
When you find out you’re pregnant, you want to share your very special news in a very special way… but sometimes life makes that difficult.
If you want to announce your pregnancy to your family and friends face-to-face but can’t because of a military deployment, living internationally or trying to keep your distance because of COVID, you can still let people know you are expecting in a personal and memorable way.
Whether it is by telephone, email, snail mail, gift or video call, read on for some sweet ideas and inspiration to make your long distance pregnancy announcement perfection.
- When to Announce Your Pregnancy
- 38 Cute Long Distance Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
- Make Your Long Distance Pregnancy Announcement With a Gift
- The Final Word
- More Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
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When to Announce Your Pregnancy
Choosing when to announce your pregnancy is a very personal decision, but there are some general guidelines to consider before you make your big announcement. Think about:
How far along you are: The chance of miscarriage drops after the first trimester, so many people choose to wait until after the first three months of pregnancy to let others know. However, another school of thought is that you should announce the pregnancy regardless since you will want to have the support of friends and family if, by chance, you do experience pregnancy loss.
Don’t let any sort of announcement etiquette sway your decision. If you want to shout it out to the world as soon as your pregnancy test is positive then do it!
How you’re feeling: How you’re physically feeling might impact when you announce your pregnancy. If you talk often with friends and family on the phone or video call, they might notice that you are looking a little green around the gills. You may want to let them know early on so they don’t worry about you!
Any holidays/events coming up: It’s always fun to pair your pregnancy announcement with a holiday or family event. So if you can hold off and wait until a special event your possibilities might be expanded.
38 Cute Long Distance Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
Now comes the fun part… how to break the big (exciting!) news. Some of these ideas are a little more cryptic, while others are quite straightforward.
Choose the announcement style that best suits your personality, as well as the personality of who you are announcing it to!
Also, don’t feel like you have to stick with the same announcement for everyone.
If your husband’s family would appreciate something different than your family, do both. If you want to tell your bestie in an extra-special way, make his/her announcement specific to them. There are so many creative ways to do it!
Cute Long Distance Pregnancy Announcement Text Messages
Announcing a pregnancy over text? Yes, you can! Bonus – most of these ideas double as a cute idea to post on social media and announce there.
Bun in the Oven
Take a photo of a bun (hamburger or hotdog!) in an oven and text the photo. See how long it takes for people to understand what you are getting at. This one’s perfect if you want a funny pregnancy announcement!
Send a photo of you and your hubby holding a jar of Preggo pasta sauce and add ‘We are” to the top of the picture.
Circle your due date on a calendar and take a picture. Send a text with just the picture OR add the words, “Is anyone busy on [date]? “
Look up famous people born on your baby’s due date. Text a list of their names with the words, “What do these celebrities have in common and why should you care?”
Phone Call Long Distance Pregnancy Announcement Ideas
Why Are Mom and Dad Crying?
Tell your siblings that mom and dad were crying on the phone when you talked to them last. When they ask why? Or what’s wrong? Say, “It might’ve been our pregnancy announcement!”
Call your mom and say “Hey Grandma! I mean mom!” See if she catches on.
What’re You Doing [Due Date]?
Say, “We are planning out our year, I wanted to check and see if you have plans on [Baby’s due date] because I’m going to need some help that day!”
What’s that Noise?
Have a recording of baby’s heartbeat ready. Say, “Hey, I hear something strange…what is this noise?” Hit play and see if they can figure it out!
The Oops! Announcement
The non-announcement announcement – while chatting, work in your pregnancy announcement so it seems like you’ve accidentally spilled your big news. Wait and see how long it takes for them to call you on it!
- I tried a prenatal yoga class this week…
- I’m not sure how I feel about drinking mocktails for the next 9 months…
- My feet are feeling much better now that I don’t have to wear high heels for the next 9 months…
- I had no idea how much I could love ginger-ale…
How to Announce Pregnancy on a Video Call
Video chat is a GREAT way to share your good news long distance because you can add in a visual element. Here are some ideas for you!
Big Sister/ Big Brother T-Shirt
If your baby to be has older siblings, have them wear a “Big Sister” or “Big Brother” t-shirt and then have them talk on screen.
Mommy/daddy Pregnancy Announcement t-shirt
Try to set the stage with a baby carseat, bassinet or stroller in the background. See if anyone notices or mentions it!
Have a basket full of laundry on screen while you talk. Start folding the laundry and have a baby onesie or pajamas mixed in. Hold it up to the screen and make a big show of folding it up. Wait for a big reaction!
Set up an online game with your family members. You could ask baby trivia questions, or do normal trivia and throw in a question like, “When is [mom’s name]’s due date?” or “What special event will happen on March 12, 2022?”
Long Distance Pregnancy Announcement Email Ideas
You can also make your long-distance pregnancy announcement through email. If you want to get really tricky, you can create a new email address using Baby [your last name] or even baby’s name if you already have it picked out.
An Email From Baby
Send an email from baby (with ultrasound scan attached). Make it as though the baby is writing the email. Something like, “I’m so excited to meet you Grandma! Get ready for me on [Baby’s due date].” Or, “I can’t wait to hang out with my cousin! Tell [cousin] that I’ll be there on [baby’s due date].
Need More Seats for Family Events
Include pictures from a recent family event (Christmas, Thanksgiving, family reunion) and write, “At next year’s Thanksgiving feast, we need to add another table setting!”
Attach an ultrasound video of you finding out you are pregnant/finding out the gender.
Snail Mail Baby Announcement Ideas
In this day and age of everything electronic, an old fashioned letter or package might be the special announcement great idea you are dreaming of!
Send Your Positive Pregnancy Test
For Your Mom/dad/bestie – You could wrap up and send your positive pregnancy test (thoroughly cleaned!)
Save the Date Card
Even though they are traditionally for weddings, it would be so sweet to make a Save The Date Card and mail it out to make the big announcement.
Make copies of your ultrasound and include it in a card.
Baby Congrats Card
Even though these cards are supposed to be given to the person who had the baby, reverse it in a cute way! Grab a “Congrats on your New Baby” Card and write a message inside to the future grandparents/aunt/uncles etc.
Choose a beautiful “Will You Be My Valentine?” Card. Scratch out Valentine and write “Grandma/Grandpa/Aunt/Uncle” with an ultrasound pic inside.
Pregnancy Announcement Scratch Card
Send out adorable scratch off pregnancy announcement cards like this one.
There are tons of different pretend lottery tickets that would be so fun to send out as long distance pregnancy announcements!
Make Your Long Distance Pregnancy Announcement With a Gift
If there is a holiday, birthday or special event around the time you are announcing, you could also do it with a gift! Here are some of our favorites which make a fun way to announce!
- Custom Year Grandma/Grandpa Mug
- Best Aunt Ever Tumbler
- Best Uncle Ever Trucker Hat
- Grandma’s Kitchen Apron
- Great Dads Get Promoted to Grandpas t-shirt
- Grandparents/Aunt/Uncle Kit with a few diapers, a bottle, some wipes and some pacifiers for when they help with baby.
- Grandkids Make Life Grand Photo Hanger or another picture frame or photo album that they can put future pictures of your baby in.
- Custom Pregnancy Announcement Jigsaw Puzzle
- Custom Photo Calendar: Use family pictures for 11 months, then add an ultrasound picture for the month that your baby will be born.
- The Best Dads/Moms get promoted to Grandpa/Grandma Keychains
The Final Word
You probably won’t have too many opportunities to tell people such beautiful and life-altering news, so have fun with it! There’s no best way, so make sure you choose one of our unique ways to do it (or make up your own.)
Just because you might not be able to break the news face-to-face doesn’t mean it won’t be thrilling or special.
If you’re sad about not being able to share this moment in person, think about how it will make your reunion with your friends and loved ones even sweeter in the future.
There really is no better gift you can give someone then a new person to love and be loved by. Making your long distance pregnancy announcement is such an exciting event. Enjoy every second (and don’t forget to video reactions so you can always remember them!).