The art of the celebrity pregnancy announcement — well, any announcement, for the matter — became a competitive sport long before Beyoncé won the entire game with
her twin reveal Instagram. The key themes are pretty basic: pregnant, baby, excitement, joy. The means of conveying said themes is (figuratively speaking) infinite. You want your news to stick. You want your news to resonate and not get lost in the deluge of daily gossip and Kardashian headlines. So, you pull out all the stops: Instagram, Twitter, hashtags, performances, talk shows, high-fashion shoots, you name it.
In the age of social media, celebrities have nailed the whole "I'm pregnant" announcement. And, lucky for you — whether you're expecting or just plain lookin' for some bang-up (
eheh) announcement inspiration — a guide exists, even if you're not famous. Congrats in advance!
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Beyoncé: The Queen Method Bey's baby announcement was simple, elegant, and meaningful — not only did she reveal she was pregnant with twins via this charming flower goddess pic, she also did so on the first day of Black History Month.
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Lauren Conrad: The Instagram-Meets-Sonogram Method The former Hills star couldn't pass up the opportunity to add her "first baby photo" to her perfectly curated Insta account.
Kevin Jonas: The Dad Method Jonas and his wife Danielle posted this funny pic to Instagram to announce the birth of their second baby. A+ collection of junk food, Danielle.
Gal Gadot: The Wonder Pun Method The Justice League star took to Instagram to announce her second baby: "So excited to share this wonder with you... #mommyforthesecondtime" We see what you did there, Gadot.
Stacy Keibler: The Jokester Method There ain't nothing easier and punnier than announcing your "bun in the oven" with an actual bun in the oven. Hats off, Stacy Keibler. Hats off.
Jessica Simpson: The Pun Method Speaking of puns, Jessica Simpson is an O.G. celebrity jokester. She nailed it with her 2011 tweet announcing her pregnancy. "It's true," she tweeted alongside this picture. "I am going to be mummy." Bah-dum-cha!
Fergie: The Photoshopped Method Ah, the power of Photoshop. Fergie and Josh Duhamel announced they were expecting their first child by Photoshopping their baby faces onto an old picture, with the caption: "Fergie and Me and BABY makes three." Cute, poignant, and a wee-bit Etsy. Thumbs up.
Rachel Zoe: The Social-Media Method The Social-Media Method is simple and to the point. No frills. Just news.
Kelly Rowland: The Instagram Method Instagram is easy. Making your post count is hard. Kelly Rowland nailed it by 'gramming baby Jordans with dad Jordans. She didn't even have to use the word "pregnant" in her caption. That's the power of a good 'gram.
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Gwen Stefani: The Performance Method During a 2005 performance in Florida, Stefani asked the audience to sing "so loud that the baby hears it." It doesn't take a rocket scientist to read between the lines: Stefani was pregnant.
Gwen Stefani, Take 2: The Hashtag Method These days, certain celebrity happenings require immediate attention: births, pregnancy announcements, marriages, deaths, and social-media debuts. Stefani managed to fit two of the five into her second pregnancy announcement. In early 2014, Stefani joined Instagram by announcing her second pregnancy with #itsaboy, a.k.a. the hashtag for "I'm pregnant."
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Beyoncé: The Awards-Show Method Ah, the pregnancy announcement heard around the world. Not only did Beyoncé pull a Gwen Stefani and break the news on stage, but she continued to flaunt her bump throughout the entire MTV VMA ceremony.
Ciara: The Talk-Show Method Back in January 2014, Ciara pulled a Beyoncé and rubbed her belly on a televised program. Rubbing bellies, folks, that's the key to this whole pregnancy-reveal thing.
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Tina Fey: The Oprah Method Now, Ciara's announcement on The View is one thing, but Oprah is a whole other level. You want to know what's cooler than saying "Oprah helped announce your birth?" Nothing.
Doutzen Kroes: The Fashion-Shoot Method The famous pregnant nude photo is the definition of #glamour. Demi Moore's 1992 Vanity Fair cover might be the most well-known version, but the world already knew she was pregnant. (How could one not considering the size of that bump?) Kroes did the whole fashion shoot thing before her bump was even a bump. Think of it as an image of things to come.
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J.Lo: The Family-Affair Method If you're expanding your family, it only makes sense to include everyone in the announcement, right? Right. And, Jennifer Lopez did just that in 2007 when she brought then-husband Marc Anthony out on stage to rub her belly and confirm the rumors that she was expecting.
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