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Once upon a time when you were trying to make babies and you were ready to spread the news that the results of the pee stick were positive, you called your in-laws and a few friends and then announced it the old-fashioned, mass-email way. (And that was a luxury! Your parents had to walk in the snow -- uphill both ways -- to the Western Union offices and send a telegram.) But of course today we live in the techno-age, where sharing the joyful news is as simple as changing your Facebook status.
The social media giant has added a fun new option to the friends-and-family drop-down menu: Expected child. To broadcast your bump, go to Profile in the upper right corner of your page, then click Edit Profile. On the left, choose Friends and Family and then scroll down to find the fetus option. Once selected, you can add a name (should you have one chosen and be willing to share it) and your due date. This info will then appear on your profile page under Family. (On a random and unrelated note: I noticed when doing this that Facebook doesn’t have any step-categories. Hello? This is not a new phenomenon. The Brady Bunch ring a bell? Get with it, people.)
The new feature may actually be handier for the prego’s friends than it is for her personally. Now when you see an acquaintance looking a little lumpy around the middle or forsaking a cocktail with dinner, you can run to the bathroom and check her Facebook page on your phone to see if she’s pregnant, rather than sticking your ginormous foot in your mouth. (Former you: “Get yourself knocked up, did you?” Her: “Um, actually, no.”) Of course, if you’re the mama-to-be you might want to tell a few folks the old-fashioned way first (your mom and your boss, for instance) before the social media spam-out, lest some little feelings get hurt.