Mothers oversharing pregnancy

Mothers to be may be divulging too much pregnancy information on social media, a survey suggests.

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New campaign encourages pregnant women to share health information

The Start4Life campaign has distributed two million free booklets to support pregnant women, encouraging mothers to be to share information about their health.

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said the leaflets are available to all pregnant women through their GPs and midwives.

Staying healthy in pregnancy is vital to give babies the best possible start in life.

We want to do everything we can to reach out to pregnant women and help them live the healthiest lifestyles they can.

These new materials from Start4Life simplify the information out there and provide clear advice on the importance of a healthy pregnancy. The sheer volume of information available to pregnant women - on Facebook and elsewhere - can make it hard to find the best advice.

– Health Minister Dan Poulter

Pregnant woman overshare baby details

Mothers to be may be divulging too much pregnancy information on social media Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Expectant mothers may be divulging too much pregnancy information on social media, a survey suggests.

Two in five people believe that pregnant women "overshare" details on websites like Facebook, according to a poll by Netmums and the Department of Health's Start4Life campaign.

Nine in 10 of those surveyed said they had seen an image online of a friend's scan and 22% said they had viewed a photo of a positive pregnancy test.

More than two thirds of the 2,000 Netmums members surveyed felt that mothers to be were more likely to try to show a "perfect" pregnancy than a realistic one.

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