4 Worst Ways to Tell People You’re Pregnant
*_1. The pee-stick Facebook photo.
*_We know you’re excited (and you have every right to be!), but the pee-stick share might be a little TMI for some of your Facebook friends (especially your coworkers, who could spill the news to your boss before you do). Stacie M. says, “It’s just a little too personal. We all know what happens when you pee on the stick! We want to hear your happy news; we don’t really need to see it.”
What to do instead: Try holding up a sign instead or even standing in front of a chalkboard note that says “Pregnant!” You’ll get the message across without showing off your positive test.
2. The Prego pasta pic.
We get the cute play-on-words, but according to Bumpies, this one’s completely overdone. Katie E. says, “I just don’t think it’s funny. The first time I ever saw someone post like that, all I thought was, ‘You and your partner are making pasta? Why is everyone so excited?’ It doesn’t work.”
What to do instead: Post a photo of you both with pair of baby shoes or a onesie — it’s an adorable and modern way to announce.
3. Putting baby’s privates on display.
Another TMI to stay far away from? Posting a picture with arrows pointing to baby’s genitals. Survey says this is a little too much. Kristin D. says, “We know that if you’re having a son he’s going to have a penis and your daughter is going to have a vagina.” How would your future child feel knowing that everyone has seen them before they even met him or her?
What to do instead: Try playing around in Paint before you upload your photo to Facebook. Adding an adorable bow tie, moustache or pretty pink bow tells people whether or not you’ll be expecting a he or a she later this year.
*_4. The gross toilet shot.
*_In some “Guess Who’s Pregnant” shots, the dad-to-be poses with his partner while she’s hovering over the toilet (yuck!) and it’s just as over-the-top as you’d expect it to be. “The gross toilet shot is a definite no for me,” says Aimee K. “If you have morning sickness, I feel really awful for you, but I don’t need to suffer too.” Seriously. Do you post pictures when you have the flu? Or when you’re nursing a serious hangover? What happens in the bathroom should stay in the bathroom, pregnant or not.
What to do instead: Instead of this TMI pic, take a picture of your “belly” when you first start showing. It can be a solo pic or one of you and your partner posing together, but either way it’s a simple, exciting reveal of your big news.
*Some names have been changed.