The legendary pregnancy book What to Expect When You’re Expecting doesn’t have a chapter for expectant celebrity parents, but maybe it should. When it comes to letting the world know that you are having a baby, those who are known by millions have to approach it with a heaping amount of joy while maintaining their privacy as well.
These 20 celebrities mastered the art of the pregnancy announcement in that they are absolutely adorable, touchingly endearing but also maintain as much privacy as possible in the public eye. From Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s artistic flowery social media photo that revealed they were having twins to Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively who went “old school” showing up at his movie premiere and let the beautiful baby bump do all the announcing needed.
Expectant celebrity parents are on the verge of losing control of their lives while embracing the joys of bringing a newborn home from the hospital. But one thing they can control is the pregnancy announcement. Some inject humor into the reveal (such as Carrie Underwood of all people! Who knew the country superstar had such a silly streak?), and others, like Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, went the modest route describing the rich emotion and blissful joy that they were feeling. Whose pregnancy announcements are the cutest? Read on …
Beyonce & Jay-Z
Blue Ivy was getting a sibling (actually two!) and knowing that there was a Beyhive out there hanging on every breath, Beyoncé and Jay-Z had to find something special to make their baby news public. For starters, Bey hired a stellar photographer, Awol Erizku, to take stunning pics. The chosen photo featured the Grammy winner kneeling in a grassy area, surrounded by flowers with a veil over her head and her hands firmly embracing her visible baby bump. She then posted it on Instagram (and it would become the most liked photo of 2017, per The Verge) with the quote, “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. - The Carters." Twins Sir and Rumi arrived in June of 2017 and are happy and healthy.
Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively
Where better than a movie premiere to announce that you are expecting a baby? Blake and Ryan figured they would let the world know that they were expecting baby number three simply by Blake showing up at Ryan’s Pokémon: Detective Pikachu premiere with a baby bump as her must-have accessory, as shown in Radar Online! With all those cameras flashing, the glowing couple looked a wee bit more beautiful than usual. That yellow dress Blake sported was something else and firmly spotlighted that the Gossip Girl veteran was well on her way to add a another baby to her family.
Nikki Reed & Ian Somerhalder
Twilight star Nikki Reed and Vampire Diaries actor Ian Somerhalder took the most precious photographs to announce their pregnancy. As seen in Us Weekly, the visibly pregnant actress sported sweet smiles as her husband held her hand — that was cupping her baby bump — while kissing her belly. There was so much love in this Instagram pregnancy announcement that it could have melted the coldest of hearts. Nikki added, “Hi Little One I know you, but only because I feel you. How is it possible to love someone so much already? All I know for sure is it's the strongest feeling I've ever felt. We've been sharing this body for quite some time, and we've already experienced so much together. We can't wait to meet you...Love Your parents.” For his matching pic post Ian stated, “To our friends, family, and rest of the world. In my 38 years on this earth I've never experienced anything more powerful and beautiful than this.”
Travis Scott & Kylie Jenner
The announcement that the youngest Jenner sibling was expecting came way late in the game. There were rumors flying for months that Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott were going to have a baby, but it wasn’t until she took to social media that the world knew of their little (baby) secret. In February of 2018, she posted a video to YouTube that was simply entitled, “To Our Daughter.” It was a pretty touching video that someday will be viewed by their little one. Thus far, the vid has been viewed 81 million times. Nothing like sharing some intimate news for a couple with millions upon millions of fans!
Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel
Kissing baby bumps is adorable. It is all the more special to see someone with a very public dating history settle into life and the responsibilities of husband and father. That is the case with Justin Timberlake. He and his wife, Jessica Biel, took to Instagram and announced that they were expecting their first child in January of 2015. The “Sexy Back” singer also announced that the baby served as his best birthday gift ever. “Thank you everyone for the Bday wishes! This year, I'm getting the greatest gift ever. Can’t wait,” he captioned.
Ciara & Russell Wilson
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had won the Super Bowl, but nothing could compare to the joy of learning that he was about to become a parent. The same could be said for Ciara, who has won Grammy awards. On her birthday, back in October of 2016, she took to Instagram and shared the blissful news that she and Russell were expecting their first child. First, major props for the pic being in black and white — nothing quite captures the pure emotion like a traditional shot. Both expecting parents had their eyes closed and wore the most blissful of looks. Ciara captioned the post, “On this special Birthday I received an abundance of love from friends and family ... and I'm excited to Finally share one of the Greatest Gifts of All that God could give...” Daughter Sienna was born in April of 2017. In January 2020, Ciara took to Instagram once again to announce that she and were expecting their second child together.
Fergie & Josh Duhamel
Back when they were still married, Fergie and Josh Duhamel were all too excited to announce that they were expecting a baby who could be a mini-me to the Black Eyed Peas singer or Transformers actor. After a little photo altering, she put up a photo of her and her (then) hubby as small children sitting together as she held a kitten. She captioned the Instagram post, “Josh & Me & BABY makes three!!!” She gets serious points for a wildly original pregnancy announcement!
Hillary Scott & Chris Tyrrell
The Lady Antebellum singer posted an absolutely adorable picture in September of 2017 proclaiming that she and hubby Chris Tyrrell were having a baby. The shot featured three matching pink tutus on hangers with dance shoes just below. Two tutus were the same size and the one in the middle was a wee bit bigger. Hillary Scott and Chris already had a little girl, and the big announcement was that the “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” singer was going to welcome twin girls.
Tia Mowry & Cory Hardrict
Tia Mowry, former star of Sister, Sister, made the announcement that she and husband Cory Hardrict were months away from being parents once again. The photo selected for these announcements usually defines the couple as it is an extension of their public persona. For Tia and Cory, the photo seemed simple enough. It’s just the three family members in their kitchen, but if you look closer, it is the definition of adorable. There is Tia, pregnancy belly exposed through her leopard print pajamas, being gingerly kissed on the baby bump by her hubby and their son Cree (who too was sporting his pajamas!).
Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher
Country superstar Carrie and NHL hockey veteran Mike Fisher scored points with both lovers of celebrity baby news and celebrity pets with their baby announcement in September 2014. The “Before He Cheats” singer posted a pic on social media of her with her two dogs (there are more pups now!). The pups sported shirts that read, “I’m going to be a big brother” and “I’m going to be a big sister.” Carrie captioned the shot, “In honor of 'Labor' Day, Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn't be happier."
Danielle Fishel & Jensen Carp
In January of 2019, Boy Meets World star Danielle Fishel took to Instagram and posted a photograph of two pairs of sneakers — slightly blurred in the background — with a single pair of Nike baby shoes in focus in front of them. She captioned it, “I'm nervous. I'm excited. He's due in July. We can't wait." The Girl Meets World cast member welcomed a boy, Adler, on June 24 — four weeks prematurely. After several weeks in the hospital’s NICU, the little guy is now doing great, as reported in Radar Online.
Kevin Jonas & Danielle Jonas
If you have watched even an episode of the reality TV show Married to Jonas, the pic that Kevin Jonas and his wife Danielle Jonas shared that served as their pregnancy announcement fit the couple to a “T.” The Jonas Brother was reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting with a serious look on his face while Danielle was eating Cheerios straight from the box, surrounded by an assortment of tasty snacks — including Doritos and Chips. "Prepping for baby number two!" Kevin captioned the Instagram post. Daughter Valentina arrived in October of 2016, making a big sister out of Alena.
Pete Wentz & Meagan Camper
Fall Out Boy bassist, Pete Wentz, and his girlfriend, Meagan Camper, created a pregnancy announcement that must have elicited a collective “so cute!” from millions who saw it. The 2014 photo showed the two cuddling in bed with Pete’s hand on Meagan’s belly. The two were kissing, and their love was visible. The rocker captioned the reveal, “We're super excited to announce we're expecting a baby!" He already had one child with ex-wife Ashlee Simpson.
Jenny Mollen & Jason Biggs
It should surprise absolutely no one who has followed the marriage of Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen that their pregnancy announcement resulted in quite a few laughs. They took to Instagram where Mollen stated, “This is how I told my son babies are made.” The picture featured the couple in bed with Jason holding one end of The Fridababy NoseFrida in his nostril and the other end in Jenny’s mouth! For those of you who don’t have kids and don’t know what a NoseFrida is, it’s a device that allows parents to suck the snot out of their newborn’s nose! One of the secrets to a lasting marriage — many couples with decades of wedded bliss under their belts have said — is how important it is to laugh. If this pic is any indication, Jason and Jenny will be together forever.
Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson
Jessica Simpson showed her sense of humor when she posted a picture announcing her pregnancy decked out in her Halloween get-up. She was all wrapped up in her mummy costume and appeared to be playing the part looking hauntingly serious. She simply captioned the social media post, “It’s true. I’m going to be a mummy.” Got to love it when celebs are entertaining!
Hilaria Baldwin & Alec Baldwin
There are adorable pregnancy announcement photos and then there are artistic ones. The latter fits for superstar Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, for their second child. The 30 Rock vet and his yoga expert wife made their announcement as 2014 faded into the past and 2015 arrived. She took to Instagram to post an absolutely gorgeous pic of their first child while tenderly touching her baby bump as their two dogs looked on. She captioned it, “The sun has set on 2014 and on my year of daily #hilariaypd … 2015 is going to be very exciting as we are thrilled to announce we are expecting another little addition to our family! (tadasana) #yogapostureoftheday"
America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams
Ugly Betty veteran and current star of Superstore and her husband, Ryan Piers Williams, celebrated 2018 by announcing that there would be a third member of their family in 2019! Love the 2018 glasses and the little onesie that read, “Mas Besos (por favor).” Translation: more kisses, please. America captioned the Instagram post, “We’re welcoming one more face to kiss in 2018!” America and Ryan announced that they were expected their second child on January 1, 2020.
Ali Fedotowsky & Kevin Manno
Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky and her husband, Kevin Manno, let their first child, Molly (born July of 2016), put the spotlight on Ali’s baby bump with their Instagram. They wanted to announce to Bachelor nation (and to everyone else for that matter) on Instagram that Molly was going to be an older sister. They took a black and white photo and Molly pointed to the bump letting the cat out of the bag! Riley Doran Manno arrived May 24, 2018.
Kate Hudson & Danny Fujikawa
Kate Hudson and her boyfriend, Danny Fujikawa, popped some balloons to reveal their pregnancy and the gender of their baby. The two looked beyond stoked with the color pink!
Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudeikis
Olivia and Jason took the black and white photo route when they made their pregnancy announcement on social media. The pic showed Olivia in a black bikini with both her hands cupping her baby bump. Just to her right was their son, Otis, cupping his “baby bump.” Mom captioned the post, “Matching baby bumps.”