6 Facebook Fails of Pregnant Women

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sonogramI love pregnant women. I even loved being pregnant myself. (All right, maybe not all the time, but most of the time.) Pregnancy is one of the most amazing periods in a woman's life. But what I think we could all do without is the constant Facebooking some pregnant women feel they need to partake in. The up-to-the-minute status updates; the unnecessary photos; the gory details. Sometimes, it's just too much.

I want to hear about your pregnancy (and see photos!), but there ought to be a line, you know? I'm truly sorry that you vomited earlier this morning, but maybe don't write that on your timeline?

Here are 6 Facebook fails of pregnant women.

The sonogram shot. Listen. Seeing the little baby that's growing inside of you for the first time is amazing! I know, I've been there. But guess what? Nobody else cares that much. To us, it's our baby; to them, well, it's just a white blob against a black background.

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The constant complaining. Pregnancy can be tough. Especially towards the end. Been there. But some people haven't been there, and maybe they want to. You never know if any of your Facebook friends are having a hard time conceiving or, worse, if something really terrible happened to them during their pregnancy. So, maybe leave the complaining for your significant other and family members.

The photo of you basically giving birth. It's great that you have that incredibly special memory captured. But that's a photo that should be filed "private." Not everyone wants to see a baby the second they're born -- and all the stuff that comes with it.

Constantly referring to your unborn baby by their name. People will get confused. They'll think you already gave birth. Plus, don't you want to leave something for a surprise?

The up-to-the-minute labor details. Hey, if it gets your mind off of the pain, I totally understand that. But just saying, not everyone is interested.

The should-remain-private details. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but it's not always pretty. How about leaving a little mystique with your Facebook friends, and not telling them how you've been "farting non-stop" since last Friday? Just a suggestion.

Are there any "pregnancy Facebook fails" you can think of?


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Rebec... Rebecca7708

I don't know how many times I have to say this but, IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT SOMEONE IS POSTING TAKE THEM OFF OF YOUR FRIENDS LIST!!! People should be allowed to post whatever they want. I'm sure you do. You don't even have to unfriend them. See, facebook has these nifty settings that allow you to remain friends but, they don't show up on your news feed. That way the only time you have to see these "fails", is when you choose to go to their page and look at them. Hmm, maybe we should start a list of mommy blogger fails? Number one; complaining about and/or criticizing things other moms do, that really have no effect on your life and aren't actually hurting anyone else.

nonmember avatar B

Some of these do not apply if your FB friends list is the same as your real life friends list. I always want to see sonogram photos, and I and most of my friends refer to our babies by name even before they are born. Hasn't confused anyone yet.

Some people do overshare, but I don't have to see it. The wonders of technology...

Tripl... TripleC14

And of course the over-reaction...no one said they're not allowed to post, just that they should reconsider the public/private boundary. Ya know, it's okay for people to express an opinion, even about things that have no direct bearing on their lives (like the 1st poster did for this article). I consider it a public service. Apparently some people don't understand that they should resist the urge to give updates on their dilation, or post pictures of blood covered babies etc. GREAT LIST!

ruby_... ruby_jewel_04

This is ridiculous. My friends are happy that I'm expecting again (yes, even the one who are trying to conceive!), and had been ASKING to see the sonogram shots. Just because some people don't want to see things, or know what's up doesn't mean we all have friends like that. And ask the pregnant ladies I know call the baby by his or her name. My kids all call the baby by her name too.

nonmember avatar Ram

I agree with most of the comments. I live far away from most of my friends and family, and I'm going through my 1st pregnancy. I post occasional sonogram pics and sometimes I refer to the baby by her name. I don't post about her very often, but it's the best way to reach a group of people all at once. I do see moms who seem to go overboard by telling their friends how many hours they baby slept, how long they cried, how much they ate on a daily basis, but they are probably trying to cope with motherhood and see Facebook as a way of reaching out. I don't like all the political and religious posts people put up either, but it's their right to do so and I don't have to read it.

2cent... 2centsCDN

My brother-in-law and his fiance announced their third unplanned child on facebook when she was 6 weeks along. It was the longest pregnancy ever...and I've been pregnant three times.

Anne DeYoung Nowicki

I could never understand why there was ever a list of what you should and shouldn't share on facebook. It's my page, it's my info, and if you don't like what I'm posing, then unfriend me. I hate all the political posts everyone seems so fond of lately, but you don't see me complaining. People have a right to express their thoughts and opinions regarding what is going on in their life.

Klang... Klangdale

wow...you're not a very caring friend to those around you are you??? I COMPLETELY agree with everyone else that someones facebook page is THEIR page and if you dont care to look at it--then DONT..who are you to dictate what is put on there? 1)sonograms are a beautiful thing. Its a life and I love to see that miracle!! 2) Complaining--its a way for a friend to garner support. It does get hard and you have other people who can relate, build you up and give you remedies. I personally didnt put it on there but i completely understand and it never deterred me from having kids. 3) I will give you that one. 4) this is just ridiculous..if you have a name then you should refer to that child by name. It is a matter of bonding with that child and personalizing it. 5)if you are a true friend,,then you are dying to see how things are going..plus it helps the mom keep her mind off of things. I get giddy watching posts. I didnt update but i'm thankful my friends do!!! 6) i'll give you that..however its the same as the complaining really---they may put it out there as something funny..or again something that many others can relate to

nonmember avatar sarah

i agree with every single one of these. i don't want to hide everything from my friends - but i dont want to hear about your gas and swollen feet. i'd cut both my feet off if it meant i could get pregnant. an update on your pregnancy every once and a while? sure! a daily fruit comparison? over the top.

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