Pregnancy brings in a lot of changes in a woman’s life. There can either be a physical transformation such as the bodily and hormonal changes or an emotional one with new hopes, dreams, and insecurities that come along. And, with social media added to the mix, the manner in which women deal with their pregnancy has also changed. Here, we bring you some of these ways:
1. The Pregnancy Pics
Doesn’t everyone love a good baby belly? Now, courtesy social media, you can document the various stages of your baby bump and share it with everyone else to see. But, this can have a flip side too. It can also harm your self-esteem if you feel huge while several other expecting moms are barely showing. So, do share but don’t let this world affect you beyond a point. After all, each pregnancy is unique.
2. Virtual Groups
These social media groups for expecting moms can prove to be a blessing. At times, with its help, you find women who will reach out to help you in a moment’s notice, without ever having met you. They give you strength when you feel unsure about yourself. Sometimes, it is easier to open up around someone whom you have never met in person. And, this is where social media acts as a knight in shining armor.
3. Privy To More Stressful Stories
Social media has helped give people more reach than ever before. And, that means, it gives rise to more worrisome stories as well. You may already be worrying about labor and delivery enough without having to subject yourself to the worrisome stories out there. Yes, it is hard to resist with the curiosity and all. But give it a pass as stress is one thing that you need to steer away from.
4. Help Compare Your Notes With Fellow Moms
The virtual world gives you an entire village of women struggling with the same things as you. And, thus, makes it a great place to compare notes with the fellow soon-to-be moms. Of course, this in no way means that social media can replace your medical professional or doctor. This virtual world is just to provide you with a comforting place where you can discuss all of your concerns and worries openly.
5. The Announcement Of Birth
Social media can also make some personal experiences not-so-private anymore. For instance, the beautiful experience of childbirth. It invites a whole bunch of people into your life, making you feel obligated to share every small detail of your life with them. And, thus, comes the pressure of birth announcement too.
6. Obsessed About Bouncing Back
There are some people who are blessed with incredible genes. And, they take no time at all to bounce back to their pre-pregnancy figure. But, this is not the case with everyone. There are some women who might take longer than others to get back into shape. And, looking at pics of women having it so easy can really break their hearts. Or, even worse, make them feel that they are not trying hard enough.
7. Worried About Crossing The Line
Pregnancy can be a surprisingly tricky topic. In fact, you may also feel that you are unintentionally hurting people all the time. Of course, it is great to share your beautiful and incredible moments with everyone. However, there are people out there who struggle with miscarriage, infertility or loss of an infant. And, the announcement can really bring them down. While they will be happy for you, it can prove to be a reminder of their pain.
While there are both pros and cons to social media, you can choose to just look at the positives. Take all the good things that the virtual world has to offer. But, don’t let any negativity perturb you. Every pregnancy is unique so just focus on cherishing your own special journey. Cheers!