Things to Consider Before Sharing Pregnancy Online
Finding out that you’re pregnant is not only incredibly exciting, it’s a memorable moment that you’re likely going to want to share with friends and family. However, because it’s such a momentous piece of news, you might want to think twice about posting on social media about it as soon as you find out.
The following are a few things to think about to make sure that you’re actually ready to share your pregnancy news with the social media world:
Have you told your partner?
First of all, make sure that your partner learns about your pregnancy from you and not from a Facebook notification.
Your partner is not going to feel great about it if they learn about something so personal from a social media post – or potentially worse, from having someone congratulate them as a result. This may seem like an obvious thing to do, but in this day and age, there’s a temptation to post everything that happens to us to our social media page as soon as it happens.
Have you enjoyed the moment?
Besides just telling your partner, allow some time for you and your partner to just enjoy the moment together.
Having a baby together is an incredibly intimate thing to do, and you should enjoy that intimacy alone together before you share it with the rest of the world.
Have you had your prenatal visit?
A lot of couples will wait until their first prenatal visit to share their pregnancy online. The first prenatal visit generally occurs around the eight-week mark of the pregnancy.
During this visit, the doctor will confirm the pregnancy, screen for infections, determine the general health of the baby and predict the due date.
You may want to avoid posting online just in case you had a faulty test and you’re not pregnant at all or in case there are some health issues with the baby that you don’t feel comfortable sharing.
How long have you been pregnant?
Some couples choose to wait until after the first trimester until they share news of their pregnancy. This is because the risk of a miscarriage is greatest during the first trimester; in fact, upwards of 25 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage – and a majority of these occur in the first trimester.
For many women, the last thing they want to do is follow up a social media post about being pregnant with one informing everyone that there was a miscarriage, and because of this, many couples wait until after the first trimester.
Have you told close family and friends?
You should tell the news about your pregnancy with your close friends and family members before you share it with the social media community, which probably consists of a lot of one-time acquaintances as well as friends and family.
You may even risk offending your close friends and family if you don’t bother to tell them before you post to social media as it will make them feel less important to your life.
Do You Have Support?
If you’ve just found out that you are pregnant, then you may need support throughout the course of your pregnancy or professional guidance in helping you determine where you should go from here.
Here at Your First Look, we offer free and confidential services that include options counseling, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, information support and emotional support.
To schedule an appointment at one of our three locations in Toledo, OH, be sure to contact us at our Your First Look Women’s Center today.