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Do We Overshare About Our Pregnancies?

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Positive pregnancy tests, ultrasound photos, naked baby bumps… it sometimes seems that when it comes to pregnancy and social media, there's no such thing as "TMI."

Just last week actress Busy Philipps announced her second pregnancy by posting a photo of her Clear Blue Easy test on Twitter. She's not the only one — according to a new survey out of the UK, 22% of respondents had been treated to a photo of a friend's positive pregnancy test online (while a whopping 90% had seen an ultrasound image!). I have to admit, it's a trend I don't really get.

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I know that a picture says a thousand words, but in this case I think just two will do: "I'm pregnant." If you say it, I'll believe you; you don't need to show me the pee-soaked stick to prove it.

Things don't tend to get much better as the pregnancy progresses. A quick Twitter search shows that #morningsickness is a hugely popular hashtag. As in, "Omg I hate #morningsickness! I threw up my entire breakfast," which one suffering mom-to-be Tweeted just this morning. I feel for her… but suddenly I don't feel much like breakfast, either.

Here's another gem from today: "Oh snap three chunks of my mucus plug came out! Pleaseeeeee let her come today!!"

Shudder. (And good luck, by the way!)

Hollywood mama Jessica Simpson was a classic case, happily chatting and Tweeting about everything from pregnancy-induced sweating ("I was sweating my butt off and I just started calling myself 'Swamp Ass,'" she shared) to her insatiable sex drive. But even she drew the line when it came to childbirth.

It's the final act of over-sharing: Posting the complete, unedited birth video online. For everyone to see. YouTube is home to a huge collection of childbirth home movies. Shaky cameras zoomed in on women writhing and grunting, moaning in pools, slumped over exercise balls, pushing and screaming as their babies' heads crown. I can appreciate the educational value in it, and certainly the miracle of it, but it's all just a bit too much for me.

Did you share all the great (and gory) details of your pregnancy and childbirth online? Do you have pregnancy friends or family members who are guilty of "over-sharing?"

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