Fun Ways To Tell Your Parents You're Pregnant

If you just found out you're pregnant and want to tell your parents pretty soon, here are some fun ways to let your parents know they will be grandparents soon.

When you glance at that pregnancy stick for the first time and realize that you are, indeed, pregnant, it can be one of the most amazing moments in your life. Whether you immediately grow nervous, elated or anxious, you will remember that one instant and those feelings for the rest of your life. You will feel thrilled at the outcome if you have been trying for some time, and probably a little nervous wondering when you should start letting your friends and relatives know. There are two schools of thought when it comes to this topic. Some people feel that, since most miscarriages occur during the first three months, it is prudent to wait until the end of the first trimester to alert others of your pregnancy. Then there is the second school of thought that thinks it is best to tell people right away so they can be emotionally available from the beginning, whether the sailing is smooth or rough. Either way, you will want to tell your parents at some point that they will soon be grandparents, so why not make it fun for everybody?

* The element of surprise should never be underestimated. Invite your parents over for a casual brunch or dinner. Throw some barbeque on the grill and wait until everybody is settled in their seat. At this point, you can take the direct or indirect method as to how to approach the news. For example, the direct method could occur when a wine toast is being held or when everybody is reaching for a beer during the barbeque. Simply say, "No thanks. No alcohol for me for the next nine (or however far along you are) months. The baby will not like that." At this point, you just sit back and wait until it has finally sunk in with everybody. The indirect approach will require a little bit more preparation. Before the brunch or dinner, make a cake and, on the top with frosting, spell out "Congratulations, New Grandparents!" Allow everybody to read the cake before you serve it.

* When my husband and I found out we were pregnant on New Year's Day, his parents were visiting, so we thought we'd make things interesting. Buy a baby-themed gift bag and fill it with tissue paper. Inside place a bib that says something like, "I love my Grandma and Grandpa!" or something to that effect. Place the gift bag somewhere they can easily find it like on their luggage or in a spot they always pass. Fun spots to hide the bag are in the refrigerator, the front seat of their car or by the front door. Once they open their "gift," they should get the idea.

* If you do not have the luxury of being close enough to your parents to visit, instead of making an impersonal phone call, get online and look for a "Congratulations" bouquet. Send your parents a congratulatory bouquet with a note letting them know you are congratulating them on their upcoming grandparent role. Or you can choose not to enclose a gift card and wait for their inquisitive phone call.

* Want to capture the reaction? Get the family together for a family picture or get your video camera out and have it handy. Spill the news and start filming or snapping photos for some memories you will not want to forget!

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