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Announcing to the World: "We're Pregnant" or "I'm Pregnant"? Which is the Preferred Phrase?

By Devan McGuinness |

Before you freak out at the title, no I am not pregnant yet. I have been doing a lot of thinking about how we will tell the world when/if that happens for us and it got my brain-a-thinking.

A few weeks ago I shared the post of the ways to say “pregnant and revealed that I am totally annoyed by the term “preggers” (yeah, gave me the willies even typing that). It started a conversation over what terms are cute, acceptable and which ones are really, really annoying when it comes to pregnancy announcements and phrases. Turns out, people are pretty picky just like I am.

One phrasing that came up was “I am pregnant” vs “We’re pregnant” when it comes to announcing as a couple. Some people take it to be very literal and scratch their head wondering how he can be pregnant. Others take it as a way to shout that they are both excited.

I want to know what you think — click through to sound off on which phrase you prefer — or if it even makes a difference to you:



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6 thoughts on “Announcing to the World: "We're Pregnant" or "I'm Pregnant"? Which is the Preferred Phrase?

  1. TK says:

    NEITHER! “We have a baby on the way” works much better.

  2. mrs.d says:

    I definitely won’t be saying “we’re pregnant” seeing as technically I will be the pregnant one. :)
    And preggers and prego bug the crap out of me! :)

  3. Annoyed says:

    I hate the word preggers! Also, I am pregnant, not my husband. Also when women refer to their husband as the “Hubs”. Huh?? How does husband translate to hubs? Dislexia? Super annoying.

  4. Amanda R. says:

    I actually really like “we’re pregnant” because we both did the baby-making. But my husband thinks it sounds so dumb so I won’t be saying it.

  5. koolchicken says:

    I don’t really care one way or the other. But I recently found myself talking to a non-native English speaker and she said the first time she heard the phrase “We’re pregnant” it was confusing. Apparently this is an American saying and in other countries they only ever refer to the female being pregnant.

  6. TiffanyinSF says:

    I’m not opposed to saying something that includes your husband, but I think “we’re pregnant” is odd. “We’re expecting” or “we’re going to have baby” is the way to go in my eyes.

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