You're in labor. Is there an app for that?
There ought to be, based on the information gleaned through a new survey of more than 1,000 pregnant women conducted by American Baby magazine and Good Books, publisher of the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy.
Fifty-one percent of respondents planned to record the birth — as it takes place — through social media, with 42 percent planning to post regular Facebook status updates and 9 percent planning to tweet about the experience.
As it takes place. Did we mention that?
- A majority of respondents (56 percent) share their pregnancy news while still in the first trimester.
- Most (87 percent) want to know the baby's gender ahead of time, 74 percent plan to tell everyone and 13 percent keep the information to themselves.
- Almost a quarter (23 percent) are planning to take a "babymoon" with their spouse or partner before their due date. Thirty-six percent have never heard the term "babymoon" — a variation on a honeymoon taken before the baby is born.
- Thirty percent say their sex life has never been better.
- Half of moms-to-be will announce the birth by calling a few close friends and then letting the news travel on its own. Twenty-seven percent will share the news via Facebook, while 21 percent plan to send a birth announcement in the mail and 13 percent plan to send out an announcement email.
- A slight majority plan to go back to work after maternity leave (54 percent), while 46 percent plan to stay home.