Honestly, I get so excited whenever I see a woman share an ultrasound picture on Facebook. It's usually part of her big pregnancy reveal, so I'm learning about this new life change for the first time. Plus, I love babies. However, and even though I have nothing but love for other women who keep people up-to-date with their pregnancies in this particular way, I would never make the same choice. In fact, there are more than a few reasons why I refuse to share an ultrasound picture on Facebook.
Throughout my entire pregnancy, from beginning to end, my ultrasound pictures live on my fridge, and my fridge only. I took a snap of them and texted a picture to my mom and best friend, who both live overseas, but everyone else missed out. I did, however, share one picture of one ultrasound on my closed, private mom group. We were all sharing the pictures after our appointments and, because the group was small and only contained other moms-to-be, I felt comfortable and confident that my own ultrasound picture wouldn't leave the group. I knew who was going to see it, and how they felt about it, and that was more than enough for me.
I understand the desire to share these pictures with the social media masses. I have an ultrasound picture of my son sucking his thumb in utero, and it was so adorable that I considered posting it everywhere for all to see. However, eventually I decided against it, regardless of how cute that picture was, for the following reasons: