The new-age way to welcome baby to the world? Posting聽motherhood photos of you with your new tootsie聽on Facebook, clearly. With so many prime-cuteness opportunities to get聽a gazillion likes (looking at you,聽cake smash moments), it can be hard to restrain yourself from sharing every single adorbs thing聽with your friends and fam via the Internet. But some moms definitely pop up on your feed more than others, and a聽new study聽discovered聽what kind of mom is聽most likely to post about their kid聽on social media. And, if we鈥檙e being really honest, they probably had an Instagram account ready to go before their little one was born.

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Turns out, moms who feel societal pressure to be the perfect mom and moms who identified most strongly with their role as a mother posted most frequently about their kids on聽Facebook. Also, the same moms who posted most frequently reported stronger emotional reactions to likes and comments on the photos, like feeling bad if they didn鈥檛 get enough positive comments.

Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, lead author of the study and professor of human sciences at Ohio State University, says that being tied to Facebook likes isn鈥檛 the best thing for moms (or anyone). 鈥淚f a mother is posting on Facebook to get affirmation that she鈥檚 doing a good job and doesn鈥檛 get all the 鈥榣ikes鈥 and positive comments she expects, that could be a problem. She may end up feeling worse.鈥

The study, which included 127 working moms in Ohio who were highly educated and mostly married, also found a link between posting聽frequently to Facebook and reporting聽more depressive symptoms after nine months of parenthood. However, because the group only included highly-educated women in dual-career relationships, the researchers noted that the results may not hold true for all new mothers (we鈥檙e thinking because they may not deal with the same stress of juggling work and baby or the guilt of leaving their baby to go to work).

Also, the study found that new moms are really into social media.聽A staggering 98 percent of women in the study reported sharing photos of their infant on Facebook, typically within one week of the baby being born. Whoa. In addition, 80 percent of women who had posted a picture of their baby have made a photo of their child their profile picture.

鈥淭he message of the study isn鈥檛 that Facebook is necessarily harmful, but that using Facebook may not be an effective platform for women to seek and gain external validation that they鈥檙e good moms,鈥 says Jill Yavorsky, co-author of the study and a doctoral student in sociology at Ohio State University.

Researchers are quick to note that all mothers should be aware of WHY聽they are using Facebook.聽鈥淚t鈥檚 great to share stories and pictures of your baby, but relying on Facebook to feel good about your parenting may be risky,鈥 Schoppe-Sullivan says.

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