Most women will see a ‘positive’ on an at home pregnancy test a couple days prior to a missed period. Seeing those two lines, plus sign, or even the digital ‘pregnant’ confirmation is undoubtedly exciting.
It is understandable to want to share the news with friends and family! Before typing out a hasty status, read these pointers on announcing your pregnancy on Facebook!
Although it can be tempting to share your news with the world within the first couple days of finding out, many choose to wait until the end of the first trimester, at 12 weeks, when the chances of miscarriage drop significantly.
It may be a good idea to hold off sharing your pregnancy on Facebook until after this milestone and only announce the exciting news to immediate friends and family.
2. Order of Respect
Prior to the big reveal on social media, it is important to make sure that you and your partner have told friends and family members close to the two of you. Parents, siblings, and close friends may feel hurt or left out if they find out on Facebook.
Key family members and friends may prefer to be told in person or over the phone. It may be fun to give the news creatively hidden in a gift or even written on a cake! Regardless, take care to share the news of your growing family with them prior to sharing on Facebook.
3. Including a Photo
Many parents to be have fun with their Facebook announcements, including a picture with their status. These pictures can include the Mom to-be, the Dad to-be, the family pet, an article of baby clothing, shoes, or even seasonal items.
Searching ‘pregnancy announcements’ on Pinterest or Google can give you and your partner excellent ideas for photos that will help to share the exciting news.
4. The Big Announcement
When it is finally time to click ‘publish’ on the very exciting Facebook status, sharing the news of your growing family, be sure to read it over a couple times. Keep an eye out for spelling or grammar errors, assure that your due date is correct, and be sure to tag your partner in the status!
Tagging your partner and any other family members will assure that their friends are able to see the status as well!
Also, it can be a great idea to edit your status, allowing for your friends to ‘share’ your post. This allows for excited family members to share the post with their friends.
5. Responding to Comments
Pregnancy announcements will quickly become very popular posts and likely will receive many comments to congratulate the expecting couple. Even though you may be struggling with morning sickness or the fatigue that is common during early pregnancy, be sure to reply to these comments, thanking them for their well wishes.
This can be done individually or simply by adding a comment to the thread, thanking everyone at once!
Remember that they took the time to congratulate you, it is only fair to take the time to thank them! Allow others to share in your excitement!
The Beginning of an Exciting Documentation
Announcing your pregnancy on Facebook is the beginning of an exciting documentation. You and your partner can share weekly pregnancy updates, bump photos, birth announcement, and monthly milestones once your new addition arrives! Social media can be a great tool to connect with long-distance family and friends and share with them your excitement in becoming parents!
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