I had a tough time getting pregnant. Fertility treatments were rough for a couple of years before our first miracle happened.
Because of the difficulty of conceiving, once that miracle began growing in my belly, I was nervous about my pregnancy going well. So I turned to the internet for reassurance and I became a google search fanatic. From the day the pregnancy test said “positive”, I was scared. But I found Google search, and I relaxed. Okay, I relaxed briefly.
Every tingle, cramp, itch, pain, odd feeling… sent me running to Google for reassurance. I typed in, “3 months pregnant and I feel a twinge”, “4 months pregnant and my belly is making weird noises”. “7 months pregnant and I gained too much weight”, “10 months pregnant, where is the baby?”
You get the idea. Anything and everything that scared me, I googled searched constantly to make sure it was normal.
But I quickly learned the danger of this. BIG DANGER. Google search is the DEVIL.
For every single happy “twinge” story I discovered on Google, I discovered at least ten frightening, terrifying, “twinge” stories.
For every, “my pregnant belly is making weird noises” search, I discovered a world of the scariest sounds and stories about why pregnant bellies could be gurgling and popping!
For every, “what happens if the baby isn’t healthy” search… well, the stories were awful. It’s scary to discover that happens.
My pregnant Google searches often ended with me and my mouth wide open in fear.
I discovered quickly that Google search is NOT a pregnant woman’s friend. It is something you need to steer clear of. You need to have faith that everything will be okay. Repeat that now… Everything will be okay. I repeated that every day for 9 long months. And it came true. Two times.
If there is truly a concern though, call your OB/GYN. If it is anything else, call a friend who has had a baby. Trust me, they will give you great advice. Strange things happen to your body when you are pregnant. Really strange things. And anyone that has given birth can reassure you that most of it is NORMAL. Weird, but normal.
So to my pregnant friends: my advice is to abandon Google search and instead, call a friend.
Now, repeat after me, “Google search is the Devil”. “I promise, I will not google”. “I will call a friend”.
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