Family 411: New moms and social media


Many new moms showcase their pride and joy on social media.

Everything from baby bumps to first steps end up on Facebook.

Why one expert says it's not the posts , but what some moms get out of them that could be a red flag.

Steffany Puckett is enamored with her first born.

Sharing her big life moment.

"I did the big reveal on Facebook and everything because you have to make it Facebook official."

And everything else in between, with family and friends on Facebook.

"Probably every other day you're just 'look at what he did today'."

Human sciences professor, Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, studied new moms and their Facebook habits.

Schoppe-Sullivan says moms who feel pressured to be perfect are more inclined to post.

"So they really wanted positive feedback that there were doing a good job as a mom."

Schoppe-Sullivan says the same moms are more sensitive to the number of comments and likes.

"The mothers who were perfectionists and sought validation and spent more time on Facebook, they experienced an elevation in their depression symptoms over the first few months of parenthood."

Steffany remembers when likes first poured in for Greyson.

"When I get all of these likes, it's like 'oh, wow, people think he's cute. I'm glad'."

Schoppe-Sullivan says those not constantly looking for responses shouldn't have anything to worry about.

A red flag should go up though, if moms start to feel worse.

"Feeling like I'm coming up short in comparison to other mothers then maybe it would be better to take a break from Facebook."

Greyson is now walking, and reactions online have tapered.

"It's nice, but I don't care if I'm not getting the amount of likes that I used to."

Greyson may not understand now, but as he grows, so will mom's eagerness to share.

Schoppe-Sullivan recommends new moms start an email group with their family to share pictures or meet or through skype.

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