What Do Pregnant Women Really Want? Google Knows
No question about it, I had particular cravings with both of my pregnancies. With my first child, I wanted sweets and fresh fruit all the time. Go figure. With my second, also a girl, I craved salty treats. I wanted potato chips every day. Literally, every day. In fact, it was my obsession with salt that had me convinced my second child would be a boy… obviously I missed the mark on that one!
Google has recently unveiled the Internet searches of pregnant women from 20 different countries. Fascinating! While many of our cravings are the same, we tend to worry about a varied amount of topics based on our cultural and geographical differences. But let’s start with similarities first. Across the board, pregnant women crave ice, salt, sweets, and spicy foods. Preventing stretch marks also seems to be a universal concern.
Then, differences begin to come to the surface. In America, we’re curious about eating seafood, drinking wine and coffee, or taking Tylenol. As many know, drinking wine and coffee during pregnancy is not as big of a concern in Europe. And who knew Mexican women worry about whether or not it’s okay to still wear heels?
Of the five top searches for each country, pregnant women in India are apparently having the most sex (with 3 out of 5 searches), second only to Nigeria. Brazilian women, who apparently take their hair seriously, wonder about whether they can continue dying it during pregnancy. In Singapore, they worry about ice cream consumption (let me say, for the record, that was not a concern of mine during pregnancy!).
All in all, while there are differences and some obvious similarities in the desires of pregnant women, one thing shines above all else: Our dream of bringing a healthy child into the world.
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