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The Influence of Social Media & Pop Culture on Pregnancy Decisions

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In today’s digital age, social media and pop culture wield significant influence over various aspects of our lives, including how we perceive pregnancy and make decisions surrounding it. From the portrayal of pregnancy in movies and television shows to the curated images of motherhood on Instagram, these platforms shape our attitudes, expectations, and choices related to pregnancy in profound ways. 

Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)

Seeing friends, family members, or influencers announce their pregnancies or share their parenting experiences on social media can trigger feelings of FOMO among those who are not yet parents. Additionally, those who are experiencing pregnancy may look at the social media profiles of those who aren’t and feel like they are missing out on great adventures because they now care for a child, causing some level of resentment towards their children.

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Comparison Culture

Social media fosters a culture of comparison, where individuals measure their lives against the highlight reels of others. Pregnant individuals may find themselves comparing their own experiences to those depicted online, leading to feelings of inadequacy or anxiety if their pregnancy journey doesn’t align with what they see on social media.

Misinformation or Unrealistic Expectations

Pop culture, including movies, TV shows, and celebrity news, often perpetuates myths and misconceptions about pregnancy and childbirth. Unrealistic depictions of labor and delivery, as well as sensationalized stories of celebrity pregnancies, can distort perceptions and create unrealistic expectations about the realities of pregnancy. Additionally, the way that abortion is depicted in media may make it appear easier than it actually is, misleading women into thinking that it is a simple process with few to no long-term consequences

Seek Reliable Sources of Information

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As individuals navigate pregnancy decisions in the digital age, it’s essential to approach social media and pop culture influences with critical thinking and discernment. Seeking out reliable sources of information, engaging in open and honest conversations with healthcare providers, and doing your own research so that you can properly advocate for yourself are all important steps to take when thinking critically about pregnancy. 

In conclusion, social media and pop culture play a significant role in shaping perceptions and decisions related to pregnancy. While these influences can be both positive and negative, it’s important to be able to think critically about any information you consume, and look at credible sources that do not financially benefit from your decisions for information. 

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