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Pregnant? Don’t Google it.

I am a Google-er (I don’t think that’s a word). If I have a question about something I’ll Google it and carefully read through what pops up to see if I can trust what comes up.

There are three times when you should NEVER trust what Google has to say without A LOT of research:

• Possible illnesses — You’ll have yourself diagnosed with being bit by an African Wolf Spider before you’re done.

• Anything related to your child — You’ll end up deciding that your child is ADD/ADHD/ACDC (see what I did there?) or OCD or some other scary sounding acronym or disease.

• Pregnancy — Probably one of the most dangerous times at all to trust what Google has to say.

I have to admit, even with this being my 6th pregnancy and all the books I’ve read about pregnancy, I still tend to Google. It’s just so easy. Things I’ve Googled in the past include, “Signs of miscarriage,” “Differences in second pregnancies,” “Why am I tasting metal,” Is XXX normal during pregnancy,” and much much more. Do you know how many times I’ve Googled signs of miscarriages? Do you know how many pamphlets I’ve received about miscarriages? Still, I feel compelled to check, just to be sure. By the way, the signs of a miscarriage could also be signs that nothing is going wrong.

Here are a couple of confusing (and possibly inaccurate) things you can find on Google:

Boy or Girl?

Google says: If you sleep mostly on your left side, you’re having a boy — according to this I’m having a girl.

Fact: Doctors encourage women to sleep on their left side later on in pregnancy because sleeping on the right side can cut off blood circulation.

Google says: If you are extremely nauseous it’s a girl. Extreme nausea is also a sign of twins — according to this I’m having a girl…or twins (not according to the ultrasound).

Fact: Nausea during pregnancy is due to a rise in hormones, some women are more sensitive to it than others. There’s no proof that nausea has anything to do with the sex of the baby. All pregnancies are different.

Google says: If you have dry hands, it’s a boy; soft hands and it’s a girl — I’m not sure what I’m having according to this because my hands are normal…

Fact: I don’t know where they got this from, but I’m assuming dry hands means you need some lotion…

Google says: Craving citrus and sweets then it’s a girl. Crave salty stuff and it’s a boy — once again I’m confused because I crave both.

Fact: Doctors say that cravings are your body’s way of telling you that you need something. Crave an orange it is probably because you need Vitamin C.

Google says: It’s a girl if you’re more graceful, your face is full, you’re moody, you’re carrying high and if your toddler boy shows interest in the pregnancy. Well, I’m not any more graceful or clumsy so that’s no help. My face is thinner, but my nose is bigger, so boy? I’m more moody, so apparently it’s a girl. Josiah is VERY interested in the pregnancy so we’re back to girl.

Fact: None of the above “Google says” are based on any proof. Fact is, there’s a 50/50 chance  no matter what your symptoms.

Here’s a few fun completely UN-scientific ways to tell the sex:

  • If your age and year of conception are both even numbers or both odd numbers, it’s a girl. If one is even and one is odd, then it’s a boy. My baby is a boy according to this.
  • If you have a dream that you’re having a girl then it’s actually a boy. If you dream you’re having a boy, then it’s a girl. I’ve dreamed about both so I’m really confused.
  • Here’s my favorite: If your right breast is larger, it’s a girl…um…possibly TMI, but apparently my baby is a boy…lol.
  • Finally there’s always the famous Chinese birth chart. According to this, I’m having a boy.chinese_gender_chart

It’s kind of fun to look at all this stuff about whether it’s a boy or a girl, heck, there’s a pee-on-a-stick test at Walmart that supposedly tells you what it is, but it’s not going to get you worried about anything.

Here are a few things that Google can freak you out about:

  • Small sac: I’d never considered the fact that a small amniotic sac might be bad. However, if you look at Google there’s lots of women asking about small sacs and freaking out about ultrasound pics. If you’ve ever experienced a loss, that’s one more thing for you to worry about. I have three ultrasound photos and the sac looks a different size each time. DON’T GOGGLE IT.
  • Miscarriage signs: I mentioned this earlier but things like spotting, cramping, fading symptoms, etc…many of these “symptoms” could be normal too. For me, spotting was NOT normal. I know a woman who spotted all the way through both of her pregnancies and that was normal. There have been days with this baby that I wake up wondering if I’m bloated enough or if I’ve got enough morning sickness. DON’T GOOGLE IT.  Google does not know your pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy signs: Even using Google for signs of pregnancy isn’t reliable. All the “normal” symptoms of pregnancy before you can have a positive test are almost identical to the signs of menstruation. Do you know how many pregnancy tests I used to take when we were actively trying because Google told me I might be pregnant. Every month I’d Google my symptoms to be sure. DON’T GOOGLE IT.

All of this may seem silly unless you’ve been there. It’s almost like an addiction. Something happens and the first thing you want to do is check Google to see how other women compare. DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHER WOMEN. It’s silly no matter if you’re pregnant or not. My pregnancy is going to be different than yours. You know what? Google and statistics say that I shouldn’t be having this baby because I’ve had too many miscarriages, but you know what? MY GOD is bigger than statistics and Google (and the boogie man — some people will get that reference).


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