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 have received some fun and creative pregnancy announcement ideas to share with you. Read on for creative ways to tell your husband, boyfriend or partner you’re pregnant.

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Get creative with your pregnancy announcement ideas—here’s how to tell him “I’m pregnant!”

1. Say it with groceries

Buy your regular items at the grocery store, 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!”

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!”

Related: The new mama’s guide to pregnancy symptoms

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 it’s correct!'”

Related: What does a faint line on a pregnancy test mean?

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 “The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year,” 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… and then hide the note

Write “I’m pregnant” on the note and then tuck it under his dinner plate or glass. Once he clears his plate from the table or lifts his glass, he’ll find your sweet message. Enjoy the look of surprise!

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 they do, it’ll be worth it.

Related: How to choose a baby name: A new parent’s guide

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.

Related: A nutritionist’s guide to the best foods for pregnancy

10. Say it with sweet treats

Buy or bake cookies, doughnuts, brownies, cupcakes—whatever your heart desires—and use gel icing to spell out HI BABY on the top. Watch them light up as you share your new baby news!

This post was originally published on Oct. 17, 2021. It has been updated.