Pregnancy announcements. Via Facebook.
I read an article recently that said you can now let your friends know via facebook that you’re pregnant. There’s a field where you can add a status saying “expected child” and your due date. I am not sure how I missed this, but I have enough trouble sometimes keeping on top of facebook and its new gadgets and rules on tagging and privacy as it is.
And it got me thinking about how far we’ve come in terms of announcing pregnancies and the many varied ways we can do it. We seem to have moved away from the traditional telling our family and friends individually, in many cases haven’t we?
With our first child we obviously told our immediate family in person, but the vast majority of our friends found out via email. However, this was mainly because we were living overseas at the time and it was quite frankly, much simpler and cheaper than making a truckload of international phone-calls! With our second and third child we told friends face to face or over the phone instead.
Another girlfriend held an announcement party for us. She hosted a tea party and when we all rocked up, she was wearing a t’shirt that had a positive sign on the front and on the back said ‘Yes, I’m pregnant!’
After having gone through six painful and gruelling IVF cycles in order for that to happen we were all absolutely thrilled for her and I thought it was such a sweet way to share her joy.
But the facebook status update idea got me thinking. How would I feel if I found out that way that a friend of mine was pregnant? I mean a long time friend or someone I was close to. Would I feel left out or hurt that I had to find out that way? That they hadn’t taken the time to let me know via an email or even a text? And the answer is truthfully, yes I would feel a bit hurt.
So it’s an interesting one.
How did you tell your friends you were pregnant? Would you use facebook to let people know?