Meet the mums who revealed their pregnancies in memorable ways
‘I loved making my friends laugh’
‘I love making funny videos to share on Facebook, and my friends are used to my tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. My first pregnancy reveal video was in the style of a romcom-movie trailer – I got such a buzz from everyone’s reaction to it. When Ben and I found out we were expecting twins two years later, we were shocked and overwhelmed. Of course, excitement soon overtook the panic, but when my thoughts turned to another announcement video, there was only one option – a spoof horror-movie trailer!
I was 14 weeks pregnant, and had only told close family. And when I logged onto iMovie, the app I use to create videos, and browsed the movie-trailer themes, ‘horror’ just jumped out at me! It seemed the perfect way to announce that we were having twins, as we knew our lives were about to be turned upside down! It was all light-hearted fun, of course, and I knew the Facebook friends on my private page would get it!
The process of creating the video was simple. Once I’d chosen my theme, I was guided through the structure of the trailer. I uploaded family photos, and edited the words. It only took a few hours to complete, but I was really pleased with the end result. From the atmospheric music to the chilling words, the video had me and Ben laughing out loud. Even so, although I knew my friends would take the video in the spirit it was intended, I still felt nervous posting it to Facebook. But I couldn’t have asked for a better reaction! I lost count of the number of laughing emojis on the comments, and everyone said how funny and clever they thought it was. Marking that magical moment with a spoof video reflected my silly sense of humour, and I still smile about it today!’
Rosie Blake, 36, a writer, lives in Reading with husband Ben and son Barnaby, two. She is 36 weeks pregnant with twins
‘I can revisit all those happy memories’
‘I’m a mum blogger, so there was never a doubt I’d have fun announcing my pregnancy. I love the process of staging photos and being creative with my Facebook and Instagram posts. Pinterest is a fantastic source of inspiration for me so, when I was pregnant, I spent hours scrolling through reveal photos. It was so exciting!
In the end, I decided to make the most of the time of year and our location. Halloween was on the horizon, and my father owns a farm with fields and hay bales, so I thought it would be a cute idea to make a mummy pumpkin, carving a heart-shaped hole and propping my scan photo inside. And a dad pumpkin, a little brother pumpkin and a baby pumpkin, too.
When I mentioned my plan to my husband, Jacek, he was totally on board. Although he’s not on social media himself, he’s supportive of my accounts, and loves helping me set up photos. Even Tyler, then three, got stuck in. And I’ll never forget our photoshoot. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the three of us had spent the morning designing and carving our pumpkins. On the farm, Tyler climbed on the hay bales, excitedly asking about his new brother or sister.
I was thrilled with the final photos. We’d thought about every detail, even a dummy for the baby pumpkin. Pressing ‘post’ later that day, I felt a rush of excitement. The photo went out on my personal Facebook page, my blog Facebook page, and Instagram, so a combined audience of several thousand followers were about to view it. When the likes and comments rolled in, I couldn’t stop smiling. It was lovely getting two kinds of responses – the ones on my personal Facebook page from people I know in real life, and those on my blog Facebook page and Instagram, from followers I’ve connected with online.
The other day, my pumpkin post popped up as a Facebook memory. The excitement came flooding back, and reminded me why I revealed my pregnancy online. All my happy memories of announcing baby Beau are documented and, if ever I want a boost, I can read back through all the messages and be reminded of that joy.’
Fiona Naughton, 28, a stay-at-home mum, lives in Cork with husband Jacek and sons Beau, two, and Tyler, five
Rosie at 36 weeks Ben pregnant, with and Barnaby
Fiona thought of every detail for her Facebook reveal
Fiona’s expanding pumpkin family made her friends smile
Fiona with sons Beau and Tyler