EMBRACE YOUR BABY BUMP
After months of staying mum on pregnancy rumors, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star finally confirmed she and boyfriend Tristan Thompson are expecting their first child together, revealing the news on Instagram.
“My greatest dream realized,” Kardashian wrote on Instagram alongside a picture, which shows the parents-to-be’s hands embracing Kardashian’s growing baby bump. “We are having a baby! I had been waiting and wondering but God had a plan all along. He knew what He was doing. I simply had to trust in Him and be patient.”
HAVE A PROFESH PHOTOSHOOT
No one does it quite like Beyoncé! On Feb. 1, Queen Bey shared she and husband Jay Z “have been blessed two times over,” posting a glamorous shot of herself cradling her growing baby bump to accompany the announcement.
USE THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE
Though she previously spoke about her desire to have children one day, fans still had no idea that Tyra Banks was expanding her family until she revealed the happy news on Instagram in January 2016. And even though Banks did reveal that son York banks Asla, born via gestational surrogate, had her “fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik’s mouth and chin,” she kept a little bit of mystery by only sharing a photo of one of his tiny baby hats.
POST A CANDID COUPLE PIC
After struggling to become pregnant (which she openly spoke about on FABlife), Chrissy Teigen took to Instagram to share her good news: She and husband John Legend are expecting! The couple opted for a sweet black-and-white photo that showed the pair smiling, with Legend resting his hand on his wife’s growing baby bump.
LET THE DAD DO THE TALKING
Go ahead and try to keep a first-time father from blabbing to the world. While Jessica Biel has remained mum on her pregnancy, husband Justin Timberlake just can’t keep his hands off her baby belly (or his keyboard’s caps lock), as he shares his “GREATEST GIFT EVER” on Instagram. And don’t forget to end with a teaser: “#BoyOrGirl #YouNeverKnow #WeDontEvenKnow#WeAreTakingBets.”
TAKE A PREGNANCY TEST SELFIE
Instead of squealing then tossing it in the trash, posing with a positive pregnancy stick is the new engagement ring selfie (and similarly, a good mani is key). Tamera Mowry-Housley shared her baby No. 2 news with the world, but the not-so-TMI approach might be to just text the photo to your man and your mom.
WRITE IT IN THE SAND
The subtle message? “My pregnancy is so annoyingly blissful, I’m frolicking on the beach in my bikini that still totally fits.” But if in reality you’re struggling to keep down ginger ale and wearing a muumuu, stay out of the frame entirely and deflect the attention to the soon-to-be big sister or brother. It worked for Vanessa and Nick Lachey (whose son Camden did all the talking about his lil’ sis) and Jessica Simpson (who employed daughter Maxwell to announce baby No. 2).
POST A #TBT
GET THE FAM IN THE FRAME
THROW A SONOGRAM PARTY
Or don’t. But considering we’re already throwing haircut parties, Noureen DeWulf may have started a trend with her gender reveal bash’s at-home sonogram.
DRESS UP YOUR DOGS
MAKE A PREGNANCY PUN
LET THE CONFETTI FLY
Party pooper: she who refuses to participate in hokey baby shower games. Party popper: that which shoots out fun blue or pink confetti to announce a baby’s sex (the adrenaline rush just screams “make me a Vine!”). If you need more proof, “It felt like New Year’s and the Fourth of July combined … but a thousand times more exciting!” The Bachelor‘s Renee Oteri told PEOPLE of her explosive moment.
Being pregnant means never having to say, “I’m not a princess.” Embrace the throne and steal Gwen Stefani’s idea of a royal baby announcement. “I was ready to hand over the crown. but I guess I am still queen of the house. #itsaboy #surroundedbyboys,” she posted during her third pregnancy with son Apollo.
WORK IT INTO A COSTUME
SAVE IT FOR DESSERT
Surprise! It’s … blue frosting. Saving the gender reveal for dessert has been around for awhile; just make sure you have a photog on hand, like The Bachelor‘s Melissa Rycroft did, and you’ll rack up double-taps on Insta.
MAKE A VIRAL VIDEO
Your followers will forgive you just this once for being super sentimental. Macklemore posted a sweet clip of him and fiancée Tricia Davis hearing their baby’s heartbeat for the first time, and fans couldn’t help but happily retweet.