I like to joke that parent overshare begins at conception, because you can learn a lot about a person’s potential for oversharing by reading through his or her timeline during the gestation period. But what about being able to forecast how a person is going to share “kidformation” based on how the pregnancy is announced in the first place? Pregnancy announcements on Facebook have become a Big Thing, with parents-to-be staging their announcements in strategic ways to surprise their friends. By now most of us have heard about gender/sex reveal parties, where people learn the sex of a baby when the parents cut into a slice of either pink or blue colored cake, and I think pregnancy announcements are slowly but surely becoming the next trend du jour along similar lines. (Except so far, there’s no cake, which is a bummer.)
For a while people made their announcements plainly by saying something like, “I’m excited to announce that we are having a baby!” or, “The cats’s out of the bag; I’m pregnant!” and everyone would cheer with “Likes.” But now, people realize there is an art to these announcements. Or conversely, if they shy away from any attention and try to lay low, they catch heat from their friends and family for it. Baby updates and sonograms have become intrinsic to Facebook, and the frenzy surrounding pregnancy announcements is increasing by the day. Here are some examples of ways people announce their pregnancy online for your consideration. Do you think any of these people has the potential to become an oversharer?
1. Announce With Spaghetti Sauce
Even though the expression is typically spelled “preggo,” posing with a jar of Prego spaghetti sauce has become an extremely popular announcement method. There are also a bunch of terrible puns that people like to say in response (“It’s in the sauce.”, “The chunky kind!”, etc.), which sort of lends itself to a good dose of humor. But, it’s still a goofy set-up, and I’ll admit I think it’s kind of overdone.