I Was Addicted to Dr. Google While Pregnant
From serious to silly, I searched online for information about all things pregnancy.
You know how they say you should be careful when searching about symptoms and illnesses online because they all conclude that you must be dying? I’d issue a similar warning to pregnant mamas and couples trying to conceive (except more women talk with a doctor about fertility issues rather than search online). It’s easy to be led down the rabbit hole of worries and links (and more links) when you are concerned about something.
During my first pregnancy, I was a total pregnancy book junkie and Dr. Google addict. I even had various pregnancy apps on my phone (No one needs more than one tracker at one time, but I liked to compare the weekly information and tips provided).
If I had to break down my top 10 activities during those nine months they’d be:
- Searching Google
- Reading books about pregnancy and parenting
- Posting about my pregnancy on Facebook
- Buying baby stuff
- Playing Words With Friends
- Going to doctor’s appointments
- Trying to sleep
I was repeatedly reminded by my OB’s office that I could call any time with questions or concerns. Our health insurance also offered a nurse line I could call. I rarely made use of either of these options. I mean, why would I use the phone when I could hop on my computer and “Google it” instead?
It should come as no surprise that pregnancy is one of the top ten most Google-searched symptoms in 2013. It’s just so convenient. All my “research” made me quite the expert too (or so I thought…my OB never seemed very impressed when I started sentences with “Well, I read online…”). My findings ranged from helpful to alarming to just…odd.
Before my first OB appointment, I was concerned by some spotting. It was a little scary, so I searched for information about miscarriages. Now, what I was looking for was reassurance that I was experiencing something normal. That it was nothing to worry about. What I got was much more than I bargained for. Some information was reassuring, but reading too much about miscarriages and other pregnancy complications can overwhelm a weepy, hormonal pregnant woman who is already scared (I ended up making an earlier appointment and everything was just fine). I also searched for information about having gestational diabetes before I had the glucose tolerance tests and even more so after being diagnosed with it.
Some of my other Google searches included:
- Cramps while pregnant (round ligament pain)
- Pelvic pain
- Eating deli meat
- Making my husband clean the litter box
- If it was safe to change the toner in the copy machine at work
- If it was safe to stand in front of the microwave
- If it was safe to get my teeth cleaned
- If it was safe to get my hair dyed at the salon
- How to predict if baby is a boy or girl
- … and so much more.
What kinds of things about pregnancy do you search for on Google?
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