3 Rules to Follow When Posting Your Ultrasound on Social Media

Finding out you're going to be a mother is both exciting and terrifying. Your world will never be the same, but in the best possible way. Ultrasound technology gives you a chance to peek inside your body at the little being growing there. 
 
Once you've met your baby, you're undoubtedly going to want to introduce him or her to friends and family via social media. After all, your baby is a big deal! Not only to you, but also to your loved ones. During this exciting time, keep in mind the rules of etiquette, common sense, and social graces that apply to sharing your prenatal images. 
 
1. Identify people you need to tell directly
 
Social media sites are quick and easy ways to share information with a bunch of people at once, and they let you start raking in the compliments right away. Some family members could feel slighted, though, if they find out alongside your co-workers and high school friends you haven't talked to in years. Make a list of the people in your life who deserve a personal notification about your pregnancy. This list may change as your pregnancy evolves; folks who deserve the "we're pregnant" phone call may not need a personal reveal of your ultrasound photos. Still, take the time to consider your list before posting major pregnancy milestones on social media. 
 
It's also important to keep in mind that just because you post your ultrasound to Facebook or Instagram, you can't guarantee that a specific person will see that information immediately. If it's critical that someone know your news right away, it's best to fall back on old-fashioned methods of communication. 
 
2. Remove private information 
 
Privacy on the internet is a double-edged sword; we want to share the highlights of our lives, but once we do we have no control over where that information goes. Pregnancy is a good time to double-check your privacy settings online, since you'll no doubt be posting about your bundle of joy for a long time to come. Specifically, when posting ultrasound images, you should remove your name, the name of your medical facility, and any other medical information from the image before posting. 
 
3. Consider when to share
 
Determining when you'll announce your pregnancy is a very personal decision. Some couples choose to wait until the beginning of the second trimester when the risk of miscarriage drops dramatically. Others simply can't wait to share their news and would welcome the support of family and friends in the case of a pregnancy loss. This is the first of many decisions you'll make as a parent that will be entirely up to what is right for you and your family. 
 
BabyFlix Makes it Easy to Share
 
When you're ready to start sharing images of your baby with your loved ones, download the free BabyFlix app. The app makes it easy to securely save, capture, and share your pregnancy journey, from first ultrasound to first steps and beyond.