We all have that friend who announced her pregnancy on Facebook, complete with cute baby bump pictures and updates (or “bumpdates,” as I called them). We followed along waiting to finally hear of the arrival of her new bay, to see pictures, and learn what name they picked. We “liked” the posts and went about our day. Our friend, not a new mom, continued to regularly post pictures and status updates. We liked as many as we could, but then it started to get excessive. We didn’t need to know what color her baby’s poop was or how she just learned that newborns can projectile vomit across the room. And please don’t tell us about your cracked nipples from breastfeeding. TMI! We started to think she might be in parental overshare mode. There’s even a trendy word for this phenomenon now:
What I think we should consider when we see a new mom oversharing is that, although this mom may seem single minded (which, let’s face it, she probably is, babies tend to do that to you), there may be more to the story beyond vanity. Before we judge new mothers for posting too much and get in debates about whether or not you should even share pictures of your child on the internet, let’s think about what that mom’s state of mind might be after the birth of her child. Isolated? Terrified? Alone?
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