More often than not, my Facebook feed is filled with baby shower pictures for a casual friend I didn't know was pregnant. "Oh snap," I think. "How'd I miss that?" A quick scroll of her own page will indicate that, nope, she never posted an announcement. A quick check of my phone will also confirm that, nope, I didn't miss any texts from her in at least five or six months. However, after a few moments of processing, I'm typically over it because, deep down, I know a woman doesn't owe us a pregnancy announcement.
For the record, I like seeing pregnancy announcements. In fact, I have no shame in saying I absolutely enjoy a clever or cute "we're having a baby" declaration e just as much as the next person. Oh, who am I kidding? Seriously, they don't have to be clever or cute. The news of a pregnancy stands on its own, and is more than capable of giving me all the feels without the clever picture or video.
Having said that, I'm also in awe of women who don't go the social media "traditional" route and choose not to share their news online. I came very close to being one of these women, actually, but I couldn't follow through. For both of my pregnancies, I shared the news on Facebook with a post I'd been thinking about for days. OK, weeks. OK, fine. Months. Still, if that doesn't suit you, have no fear. No one should be even closed to bothered if you skip the big reveal entirely, and here's why: