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Facebook Now Allows List ‘Expected Baby’ As Family Members

Facebook is now letting to be parents-to-be list their unborn children on their personal profiles, as the social network giant flipped the switch sometimes past week. Among options that include daughter, son, wife and husband, the “Friends and Family” section under “Edit Profile” now allows the option “Expected: Child.” Parents can add a due date and the baby’s name.

“We’re always testing new features,” a Facebook spokesperson said via e-mail. “Earlier this year, Facebook started providing the option to add an ‘Expected: Child’ as a way for users to more accurately express their identity.”

The option may have existed for a while, but the Internet didn’t seem to pick up on it until this week. And the British Daily Mail was reporting that the feature rolled out last Wednesday.

With the feature, the expected child would appear next to other family members on the user’s profile and the changed status would appear in friends’ News Feed.

The Mail and others speculate that the option is meant to cut down on parents creating separate Facebook pages for their as-yet unborn children. It is against Facebook rules for anyone under 13 to have a page.

But maybe expectant moms like care about this stuff, and stuff? I mean how would I know? My uterus is currently as barren as the T.S. Eliot poem.


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