It's an intensely personal moment when a couple first learns that they're pregnant, and how a family chooses to announce the pregnancy has to reflect the personalities and concerns of that unique pair of individuals.
While some couples might want fanfare and celebration, others may opt for a quieter, more intimate setting to share the news with their friends and family, and even some celebrities like to keep their pregnancies private - at least for as long as they can. However a couple decides to make the announcement, taking a look at what others have done can be a source for getting creative or keeping classy, and the occasional blunder offers a lesson in what to avoid.
Utah couple creates their own spotlight
Celebrities aren't the only ones who sometimes like to announce their pregnancies with bells and whistles. Celeb Baby Laundry recently featured a rap video pregnancy announcement made by Salt Lake City, Utah-based couple Jalene and Lincoln Taylor. A spoof on the Toyota Swagger Wagon commercial, the clip has gone viral, now boasting nearly 300,000 views on YouTube.
Jalene Taylor explained that the video was a way to share their excitement and happiness with the world.
"We didn't want to announce our pregnancy like everyone else. We waited a long time for this baby, so we wanted the announcement to be awesome," said the expectant mother, according to the news source.
Russian supermodel shares her glow
Not everyone shares the Taylors' tastes, however. Russian model Natalia Vodianova recently showed how effective a subtler approach to announcing a pregnancy can be.
Hello! magazine reported that Vodianova appeared at the 2013 Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards ceremony just a few short hours after her partner, Antoine Arnault, announced on Facebook that the supermodel was pregnant with her fourth child. The news source noted that Vodianova, who's now reaching the end of her first trimester, displayed all the radiance and joy of an expectant mom as she accepted the Philanthropist award - without calling too much attention to herself and the big news.
Anne Hathaway beset by misinformation
Letting rumors spread about a pregnancy is a key pitfall to avoid. However, not all celebrities and their families have learned that lesson.
Star magazine reported that Anne Hathaway's brother, Tom Hathaway, began a recent comedy routine at a club in Brooklyn, N.Y., by making an announcement on his sister's behalf.
"He said, 'My sister got married last year, and now she is about to be a new mom!' I don't think he realized what he had done," an audience member told the news source.
The claim, however, quickly turned out to have been erroneous, as Hathaway's representative confirmed with the New York Daily News that the actress isn't pregnant after all.
We can only guess what words Hathaway had for her brother in the wake of the incident, but one thing is certain: If you're making an announcement about somebody else's pregnancy, you've gone off track.
How did you announce your pregnancy? Did you get creative and celebratory or opt to keep it quiet? Leave your feedback in the comments section!