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10 fun and creative ways to tell your partner ‘I’m pregnant!’

Get creative and gift your partner a newborn diaper, a Dr. Seuss book or (our favorite) blurt out “I'm pregnant!"

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Finding out you're pregnant is one of life's big moments. It's a wild, mind-blowing, out of body experience. It's the biggest news of your life—news that you cannot wait to share with the partner who helped to create this tiny human.

We polled our Motherly mamas to see how they shared the big news with their significant others, and got some fun and creative ideas to let you in on. That is, if you're patient enough to not just blurt out "I AM PREGNANT!"

Here are our favorite ways to tell your partner that you're pregnant:


1. Say it with groceries

Buy your regular items at the supermarket, but throw in a pack of newborn diapers. Ask your partner for help unloading the bags when you get home, and let him take the diapers out. One Mama said, "It was the last bag; my husband took them out and said "What are these?!' Then we both cried!"

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2. Let your partner find out first

One Mama took the test and left it on the bathroom counter for her husband to discover. She didn't look at the results at all (the patience!). She said, "I was fully expecting it to be negative, but surprise(!), I was pregnant! He didn't even have to say anything—it was all over his face!"

3. Take multiple tests + show 'em off

One Mama said, "I ran downstairs holding 6 positive tests and said 'these say I'm pregnant but I totally don't think its correct!'"

4. Wake them up with the wonderful news

One mama said, “I woke up in the middle of the night and just KNEW I was pregnant—my period wasn't even due yet. I took a pregnancy test and it was positive. I jumped on my sleeping husband and basically shoved the test into his face. I couldn't wait!"

5. You've got (very special) mail

Buy a great book on being a dad like Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan, or your favorite Dr. Seuss book and stick it in the mailbox for your partner to find when they get home.

6. Write it down......on their dinner plate!

Write "I'm pregnant" on the plate and then heat it in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Pile his dinner on top of the secret message, and enjoy the look of surprise on his face when he's done eating; sneaky!

7. Give them a special present

We love these 'Best Dad Ever' t-shirts, and think your baby's parent-to-be would, too. You'd have to wait a few days for this one to arrive though, so think about whether you can keep a secret that long or not!

8. Leave clues around the house

Buy a few pregnancy magazines, pacifiers, or baby name books and scatter them around the house. It may take a few minutes for your partner to put it all together, but when he does, it'll be worth it.

9. Cook a "baby themed" dinner

We're talking baby back ribs, baby potatoes, baby spinach—so much deliciousness. Once you've sat down for dinner, ask him if he can guess the theme of your menu.

10. Sweet treats + sympathy weight gain

Buy or bake cookies, doughnuts, brownies, cupcakes—whatever your heart desires—and once he takes a bite into his treat, tell him you figured it would be nice for him to gain a few pounds over the next nine months as well!

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    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

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    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

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    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

    This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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