In a recent survey commissioned by George at Asda, more than half of those asked preferred to announce their first pregnancy in person, while a third of 25-34 year olds decided that social media was the perfect way to share the big news. You can read more about the survey on the George at Asda blog including the stories of 10 family bloggers.
What’s my story? H is now 9 and social media wasn’t quite what it now is 10 years ago (when I would have been looking to announce my news). I wasn’t even on Twitter then and announcing over social media would have seemed a little strange for family and close friends. I remember going to tell my parents with some trepidation. For many years I’d said I didn’t want children – it took me a long time to get over the ‘trauma’ of being the eldest of five – and I hadn’t told them that I’d changed my mind. It was a bit of an awkward situation and I think to begin with my mother thought I’d been caught out, but we very much planned to have H. Most other family members and close friends we told by phone and some by text. It took a while to get round everyone. I think once we’d covered the main people, we picked everyone else up on Facebook (so I guess there was a little bit of social media going on after all).
I think if I was pregnant now I would still tell the main people in my life the same way. I think though that I’d be telling some of my closest online friends the news by private message over social media, before going for a full public announcement on the blog and other my social media channels.
How did you announce your pregnancy? Would you do it differently today?