The fortune cookie announcement can be a big surprise for loved ones: Buy a box of cookies, then use tweezers to remove all the fortunes. Print new fortunes with personalised messages, then insert them into the cookies to distribute among your guests. Click for more photos

Fun ideas for announcing pregnancy

The fortune cookie announcement can be a big surprise for loved ones: Buy a box of cookies, then use tweezers to remove all the fortunes. Print new fortunes with personalised messages, then insert them into the cookies to distribute among your guests.

They’re some of the biggest words you’ll ever utter: “I’m pregnant.”

And with everyone you’ll end up telling - the baby’s dad, your parents and in-laws, your boss and workmates, your friends, extended family members, neighbours - you’ll have a lot of practice saying those two little words over the next few months.

Whether you’re a private person who only wants to tell close friends and family face to face, or the kind of mum-to-be who’ll send a text message en masse before even leaving the doctor’s office, there are lots of ways you can spread your news.

Having a dinner party? There are foods you can serve to let people guess what’s going on. Is it near Christmas or a birthday? There are gifts you can give that do all the talking for you. Want to do it so all your friends and family know at once? A fun Facebook pic could be what you're after.

All in all, how you announce your growing bump will be up your personal style and imagination - here are some ideas to inspire you along the way. 

Add your own announcement ideas in the comments below!

Want more? You can chat to other parents-to-be in the Essential Baby forum, or join a group of women who are all due in the same month as you.

You might also be interested in the Essential Baby names section.