Things I’ve Googled during pregnancy
Things I’ve googled during pregnancy have been wild. Some of them have been serious issues I want an immediate answer to. Some things have been panicked late night searches that my frenzied first time mum brain can’t work out.
Either way, there’s been a lot.
I thought this post could be a bit of a laugh (at my expense, of course) but might also be helpful. I’ll explain the reasoning behind some of my searches and also the answers, so you don’t have to go searching yourself!
This could be a pretty long post, so sit back, relax and enjoy…
Things I’ve Googled during pregnancy
“Can exercise make your period late?” Ha! This one makes me laugh. My period had been irregular for two months in a row, with six week cycles instead of four. Turns out the second time this happened, I was just pregnant.
The answer was yes, if you start to do a lot of intense exercise you don’t usually do, it can affect your cycle. So I convinced myself my delayed period was due to all the extra exercise I was doing. I was going to the gym 3-5 times a week and doing yoga twice…
Really, I was just pregnant. Lol.
“Pregnancy update weekly” When I found out I was pregnant, the first thing I wanted to do was track the weekly progress. You know, learning how big your baby is in comparison to a vegetable or something.
I use The Bump pregnancy week-by-week updates for mine, along with the NHS Start 4 Life weekly updates too. The Bump is American so there is some info that differs, hence why I use the NHS one too.
“Exercise in pregnancy” At the time of falling pregnant, I was going to the gym between three and five times a week, as well as doing yoga twice a week. For the first time in my life, I was enjoying exercise and getting fit! I had to google during pregnancy what exercise was okay.
The answer I listened to came from the NHS web page about exercise in pregnancy. Exercise is great but don’t exhaust yourself. There are some exercises you shouldn’t do, like ones with a risk of falling.
Okay, so where do we stand on food?
“Foods to avoid in pregnancy” This was a biggie for me. For some reason, I had always felt like I wouldn’t ever get pregnant, so I wanted to be extra careful in every single way. I wanted to make sure it was clear which food I could and couldn’t have, so I had to google during pregnancy what I could and couldn’t eat.
According to the NHS website, the things you should avoid include:
- Soft cheeses with white rinds unless they have been cooked thoroughly and are steaming hot all the way through
- Soft blue cheeses
- Raw or partially cooked eggs
- Raw or undercooked meat, including steak cooked rare
- Cold cured meats, such as salami, chorizo and pepperoni unless cooked through thoroughly
- Liver or products containing liver
- High dose multivitamin supplements
- Fish liver oil supplements
- Supplements containing Vitamin A
- RESTRICT the amount of tuna you eat due to mercury content – no more than two steaks OR four medium size cans a week
- RESTRICT oily fish such as salmon, trout, mackeral and herring. You should only eat a maximum of two portions of this per week
- Raw shellfish (cold pre-cooked prawns are fine)
- Unpasteurised goats or sheep milk
- RESTRICT caffeine content. You should be having about 200mg caffeine a day, maximum. For reference, a can of cola is about 40mg
- RESTRICT herbal teas, drinking no more than four cups a day
“For some reason, I had always felt like I wouldn’t ever get pregnant, so I wanted to be extra careful in every single way”
“What you can do to reduce the risk of stillbirth” This is just the panicker in me. As I said before, I never thought I’d get pregnant so I just wanted to be so incredibly careful in every way possible. This lead to me using google during pregnancy to find answers to scary questions like this.
There’s no right or wrong way to be pregnant really. The ‘answer’ to this was just be healthy, eat a balanced diet, exercise, don’t smoke. Easy enough.
“Why shouldn’t I change cat litter during pregnancy?” I have a cat, and often dealt with picking up her poo. My mum told me that I was no longer allowed to do this, so naturally this was googled during pregnancy.
There are dangerous chemicals in the poo that can make you sick. If you do HAVE to clean it, do so with gloves and thoroughly wash your hands afterwards!
“Cats and your pregnancy” I had heard rumours that cats don’t respond well to pregnancy, and also carry a risk to pregnant women, so again, I googled during pregnancy to do some research. They’re basically like every other pet. You just have to keep them comfortable and be considerate of their needs!
Flying, fizz and more food
“Is it safe to fly while pregnant?” I had three holidays planned at the time of finding out I was pregnant. I wanted to check that I would still be okay to make these trips – and luckily, I was!
The answer is yes, you can fly without a problem up until 28 weeks, although it says you might want to avoid flying in the first 12-15 weeks.
After 28 weeks most airlines will want a letter from your midwife or GP to confirm that you are in good health, have a normal pregnancy and the expected date of delivery.
Flying for longer than four hours increases your risk of blood clots generally speaking, so make sure you wear compression stockings, complete calf exercises and move around the plane where possible.
“Can you drink fizzy drinks when pregnant?” Yes. The answer is yes.
This isn’t even a complex one, I’m just a worrier (if you hadn’t worked that out by now!) Coke Zero is my favourite drink and I was drinking about a bottle a day. I just wanted to check if this was fine, and it was! A mumsnet thread to help me with this one haha.
“I ate chorizo pregnant” Without even thinking I ate an M&S version of a pepperami before realising it was chorizo, a food that I had read needed to be avoided unless cooked. Luckily, nothing happened as a result and the general consensus online was that this was fine, as long as it didn’t become a habit!
“Yep, I googled all of the above before 8 weeks”
“What to expect at eight week midwife appointment?”
Firstly, yes. I had googled all of the above before 8 weeks.
Anyway, I had no idea what the 8 week midwife appointment would entail, and wanted to be prepared. Luckily, it was fine. My midwife came to my house, asked a tonne of questions about my health history, my sex life, my partner etc and took some blood.
I found a really handy breakdown of what to expect from each appointment on the NHS web page about antenatal appointments.
“How many calories to eat when pregnant” I love food but wanted to make sure I wasn’t literally eating for two. The guideline says you should consume about 1,800 a day in the first trimester, 2,200 a day in the second and 2,400 a day in the third.
“What cot for what ages?” I will hold my hands up and say I didn’t know the difference between a cradle and a cot, and didn’t know what a baby could sleep in. Would a moses basket suffice? A cot? What?!
There wasn’t much useful advice, other than moving from a cot to a bed at age 18 months – 3 years. We have settled for a snuzpod for the first six months, with a moses basket and a cradle to sleep in in the day, before moving to a standard cot at about six months.
“Sleeping with newborn in bed” I had heard mixed things about sleeping with a baby in the bed, and so I wanted to research the pros and cons. I ended up looking on the Lullaby Trust to find all the info I needed, along with how to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Basically, it’s a personal choice but you need to make sure it’s safe.
Even more food questions googled during pregnancy…
“Can pregnant people drink mcdonalds milkshakes” Again, something else I had heard mixed views about. I love a good strawberry milkshake from McDonalds, but couldn’t find anything solid online. This question was googled during pregnancy so much but I couldn’t get an answer I was happy with. I ended up running this by my midwife, who confirmed that YES it was fine. Yay!
“Can pregnant people eat quiche?” I love quiche and I know that egg can be a funny food in pregnancy. I wasn’t sure how it was cooked in quiche so wanted to check. The answer is easy – yes!
“When pregnant can you have wine in pasta” A quick date night search after I realised the pasta sauce on the dish I had ordered included wine. Luckily, this is fine. The alcohol disappears when cooked (apparently…)
“Can pregnant people eat pepperami?” I had a craving for pepperami but there’s that whole chorizo issue. Luckily – and this came straight from the mouth of Pepperami themselves – these are okay to eat pregnant. Yay!
Trying to spoil the surprise…
“Chinese gender predictor chart” My friend recommended using one of these to guess the baby’s gender. She swore by it, but mine turned out to be wrong!
“Work out my conception date” Just out of curiosity really. Turns out, it’s more than likely we conceived our baby over our two year anniversary haha!
“How to guess if its a boy or a girl” Again, just curiosity! I wanted to know if there were any set signs, but it’s all just old wives tales. However, it did say if you have a craving for savoury food it’s a boy, and that turned out to be true for me!
“NCT antenatal class” One of my colleagues was doing antenatal classes through NCT and they sounded so good. I googled them to see if I could get booked onto some but the price told me to try the free ones instead!
“Antental classes buckinghamshire” You know, because if I couldn’t afford the NCT ones, I needed to find an alternative!
What happens when you get sick during pregnancy?
“How to treat a cold during pregnancy” I suffer from colds so badly and usually rely on day and night cold relief tablets to get me through. Unfortunately, you can’t take these during pregnancy! The best way to deal with a cold when pregnant is to sleep lots, stay hydrated and get fresh air.
“Diarrhoea and vomiting in pregnancy” I was really sick at one point and wanted to check everything was okay. Basically, eat fruit and veg, stay hydrated and if it lasts longer than 24 hours get in touch with the doctor.
“Arsenal baby sleepsuit” Ugh, I must have been sick to google this. Jonny is a fan, okay?
Vaginal changes, sex in pregnancy and more…
“How different will my vagina look after birth” Hey, there’s no easy answer to this either, because every birth is different. I’m still stressing about the changes, as I like how it looks now, but it is what it is.
“Can sex break your waters” I just need to know, okay? Luckily, the answer is no.
“How to keep a baby safe during a newborn session” Now I’m having to adapt to being pregnant in a pandemic, I wanted to prepare for the newborn photo session I’m probably going to have to have at home. I wanted some helpful tips!
“Sore finger joints” My fingers started to kill at week 33. I wanted to find out why, and it looks like I might have developed carpal tunnel syndrome. Sigh.
Pregnancy has been exciting, for sure. It’s also been new, worrying, and at times stressful. Sometimes, the things I googled during pregnancy made me worry more. Sometimes, this can be the case with Google!
I hope some of these funny questions and answers help you out. However, if you really are worrying about something, ask your parents, a friend, a doctor or midwife. When you’re pregnant there is no such thing as a stupid question, I promise!
What did you find yourself googling when you were pregnant? Let me know in the comments below!
Love from, Florence Grace