Virtual pregnancy announcement ideas during the coronavirus

Finding out you're pregnant is such an exciting time, and it's even more exciting telling your loved ones. Although during the coronavirus outbreak it's not going to be as simple. You can't just pop to your parents, share the news over dinner and have lots of hugs and happy tears together. But that doesn't mean it has to be any less exciting for you, it just means you need to get more creative, and I'm sure with a couple of ideas listed here, it will get you thinking of your own. Please do share them with me too!

1 - Phone call:

It's probably the least creative idea, but the most simple, especially for Grandparents who may not know how to use video chat, or even have the device to attempt it. But there's nothing to say you can't get a little fancy with a phone call. They won't suspect anything with a routine phone call, so why not throw a hint in there and let them work it out. For example;

- Tell your Grandma you've been craving her cakes/ casserole - whatever it is she famously makes. If she doesn't work it out from that, tell her that the baby must like her Great-Grandma's food already. Make it personal!

- For parents who are a bit more tech-savvy, why not get a photo ready to send them mid call, then half way through say "I've just sent you something, take a look", and await their reaction.

- If you want to give a casual message to your sibling, call them and tell them your parents have just been crying to you down the phone, they'll naturally be concerned and ask why, then you can proceed to tell them "it must be because I told them I was pregnant" or something similar.

- Tell your friends you can no longer be a drinking or activity buddy. You could say something like "I have good news and bad news, the bad news is that I can't drink at/ proceed with {event}, but the good news is that it's because I'm having a baby".

There's plenty of ideas you can do with a phone call, think of something more meaningful to that person and it'll be even more special.

2 - Video call:

This is probably going to be your best bet if circumstances allow you to do this as you can see their reactions in real-time. However, if you don't usually video chat your family & friends, they may have some suspicion before the call even starts. If you want to make it less obvious, tell them during the time in isolation you want to transfer to video calls instead of phone as it's more personal. If you want to make it even less obvious, then have a couple of video chats about normal stuff before the big announcement. This way all suspicion would have gone as it's the new norm for you. You can do so much with a video call, for example;

- Show them a positive test, a scan photo or cute baby items mid conversation. Tell them you have something to show them and then suddenly flash it at the camera, no doubt they'll be shocked.

- Wear 'Mummy-to-be' & 'Daddy-to-be' t-shirts, or if you already have a child, have him/ her wear a 'big brother/ sister' tshirt. Start with your faces chatting and then get your full body in shot.

- Play a family game in a group chat. Making one of these games a secret pregnancy announcement. For example, create a riddle that they have to guess between them, do a quiz where all answers lead to something pregnancy related. Turn your usual favourite game to reveal an answer that is baby related. There's lots of ideas that can be made into a unique game here.

There's plenty of ideas you can do with a video call, but the best thing about it is that you can actually screen record from your device, meani