Post # 1
I know a lot of couples announce that they’re expecting, their gender reveal and various other pregnancy related things. I’ve noticed lately a lot of people announcing things such as “going into labor”, “had healthy baby girl”, etc.
How much did you/are you planning to post at birth? Post birth but still in the hospital?
DH never uses FB, maybe one post a month or so. I use it more frequently, but find myself posting less and less (especially since ALL of my friends are now mostly new moms or pregnant). It seems like a growing trend to chronicle the birth experience, which I kind of find fascinating.
Are you a FB updater? Not?
Post # 3
We’re actually asking family and friends to keep all baby-related stuff OFF Facebook.
– We would rather make sure people find out the big news in a more personal way (there were hurt feelings in the family with the last baby, when someone posted an announcement and someone else saw it before the parents had the opportunity to tell him in person – we don’t want that to happen with ours)
– We’ve heard that it’s not a great idea from a security/privacy standpoint. Some people have talked about having their homes broken into because it was evident from Facebook that they were at the hospital/birth center and nobody was home. It also advertises to identity thieves that there is a brand-new, squeaky-clean Social Security number (and therefore credit record) about to open up, and parents aren’t likely to check their kids’ credit histories on a regular basis, so those are actually really attractive prospects for identity theft.
Post # 4
I am not posting that we are going into labor. I plan to call my parents and his and tell them when we get admitted and let them know we willl call them when she gets here and let them know when its a good time to come…. We will also call our brothers and sisters and a few close friends. I plan to put something on facebook the next day so then I don’t have a lot of visitors in the hospital.
I just need space.. i dont like people surrounding me and asking me questions when I am stressed – and i will be stressed when I am in labor! I also dont want to feel rushed into giving my baby to my parents and in laws. I just carried her around for 10 months and I want to hold her for as long as I want before giving her up.
I actually would like to post something on facebok the next day basically saying – She is here – we are thrilled and exhausted – please wait a few days before stopping by so we can get situated… but my husband is dead set against it.
Post # 5
I’m very private about medical things, and honestly, when we start TTC, I don’t even want to be on Facebook. I don’t want photos of a sonagram, or birth announcements, or anything appearing on my wall…
I only use Facebook to see pictures and keep in touch with family and friends who don’t live near me.
Post # 6
Depends on the situation. I don’t post a ton, no. For my child, I’ll probably (or FI will) post about the birth itself (date, time, stats, and probably a picture).
ETA: I’ll obviously post that we are pregnant and the gender, as well.
Post # 7
I’m not pregnant but I can’t see me posting anything on there about it. I’m a pretty private person and I don’t like posting things on FB… too many people creep on there!
Post # 8
I don’t post my where abouts on facebook… I usually post things from time to time about something funny or what have you like. “my cat said this and this… and i was like whaaat” lol thats a bad example. but im not someone who says… off to work!… crappy day at work!… stuff like that.
We announced the pregnacy on facebook just by some cute announcment photos in an album called baby P!
We will talk about the gender of the baby or I might make a formal announcement just saying its a girl or whatever I dont see anything wrong with that because I dont constantly post about the pregnancy. I rarely do.
But after that, basically we wont post anything. We aren’t sharing our baby names until after baby is born and named. And I will ask that nobody else posts about the baby until after I have. But we will probably just take a cute picture of baby and say “meet baby blah blah … blah lbs and blah inches”.
I’M NOT allowing my FI or anything to sit and give updates about me being in labor. Cause thats just not neccessary.
Post # 9
We won’t be announcing the pregnancy on Facebook at all because I’m kind of weird about that so we definitely won’t be updating when I’m in labor. We’ll just do an after birth announcement whenever we are ready with the name and stats and keep it at that. Hoping that someone else doesn’t try to do it before we do (like my Facebook fanatic siblings or mother).
Post # 10
When we start TTC, I might post that we are expecting, and when the baby is born? I only have friends I actually know/are friends with in the real world, and family. So I don’t see the harm? But I will NOT be posting every tiny detail. That’s personal stuff!
Post # 11
I’ll post something when we go to the hospital and then put up a picture, full name and stats when the baby is actually born — nothing in between! I LOVE it when I see that a friend has headed to the hospital to give birth — I stalk their page like a crazy person from there on out waiting to hear about the baby, so I definitely want to give all my friends that same edge-of-your-seat thrill ride waiting for my wee one to be born!
Post # 12
We posted after family knew little boy was born. (I had him early at 7 weeks early) I posted a picture of little guy in the incubator and announced he arrived early.
Post # 13
@iarebridezilla: That’s a good point! I do like stalking my “in labor” friends.
Post # 14
We don’t plan to update fb much about our baby. I do however like being in the know when other people I know update! We’re just more private people.
Post # 15
I will post “It’s baby time!” when we go to the hospital but not my actual progress in labor. We are telling family to keep it OFF FB till we can announce ourselves.
Post # 16
Ha I do like stalking other people who I know are in labor!