It can be a tricky time when you first find out you are expecting, as quite often you have endless questions to ask but only a limited audience you feel comfortable confiding in for the first three months. Personally, I found it to be quite a lonely period and often didn’t really know whether the answers to the questions I was seeking online were the right ones.
For anyone who is trying to conceive, who has just discovered they’re expecting (congratulations!) or for those who are just interested, I decided to do a bit of digging and turn to the power of data to discover what new mums are really thinking during those first three months. It may not give you any advice but it could help you to know you’re not really alone in your thoughts during this time.
Caveat here – I am not a medical professional, and seriously if you have any of the below questions, your midwife or Doctor is a much better source of advice than the internet.
As the saying goes, if you really want to know more about someone or what they are thinking, you just need to access their search history. It’s true that these days, Google really does know more about you than perhaps even your closest friend.
So, let’s get down to business. If you have ever wondered what the top symptoms searched for during the first trimester are, I am about to enlighten you.
First and foremost, morning sickness and nausea searches take the top spot when it comes for symptom support. This isn’t surprising, considering how many women get this during the first twelve weeks and how many of us are desperate for a way to carry on as normal when we feel like pure hell, just so others don’t catch on.
Interestingly, the search for pregnancy related symptoms and ailments is highest during the winter months. Perhaps the sun and a daily dose of vitamin D makes it easier to us to power through the nasty side effects compared to battling them on an already cold and dark morning.
So what else is on the list?
In a rough order, we are keen to know about:
- Miscarriage signs
- Mood swings
- Sore breasts
- Being thirsty
- Losing our appetite.
- Why our ribs hurt
- Being out of breath so early on
If any of these look familiar to you, it’s because they are super common searches throughout the first few months. Personally, there’s some I definitely expected to be higher on the list from my own experience but that being said, every pregnancy is unique.
Okay, so what else? Well, when we are seeking answers during this time, 95% of us search from our mobile devices. I think perhaps we are all in silent agreement that these queries tend to be more spontaneous and ‘on-the-fly’, as well as being something we probably don’t want to Google at work (where most desktop use now takes place).
Interesting, for the partners out their supporting their pregnant other halves, the top searches say a lot. In the US and UK, the top searched for questions following the phrase ‘my wife is pregnant…’ are ‘my wife is pregnant and I am scared’ ‘my wife is pregnant meme’ and ‘my wife is pregnant what do I do’.
Says quite a bit about the emotional rollercoaster both parties go through in their first few weeks of expecting doesn’t it.
Okay, so we have covered symptoms and initial reactions, but what advice are parents to be in the UK asking the internet for during these initial twelve weeks?
One of the top asks is yet again food based. This time, we want to know the best foods to be consuming during this time with ‘pregnancy diet, pregnancy diet menu and diet week by week’ being high volume questions we seek answers to. On top of this, we also want to know what foods we really should be avoiding.
Guess what the top UK blanks are for ‘can you eat…during pregnancy?’ Well, it seems that we are nervous about missing out on our seafood fix, with Prawns, Tuna, Sushi, Crab and Feta taking the top five spots.
What about other advice? Well, in a rough order these are some of the other high volume searches we make during the initial first three months:
- Cravings (with recent peaks in searches for funny stories, the meaning behind them and also if they are actually real) – perhaps the final one is from the partner who has been sent to the store for the third time past midnight for ice-cream in a week.
- Nausea remedies
- How to prevent stretch marks
- Symptoms to predict a boy vs. a girl
- Checklist and things you need to do during the first-trimester
- How much weight you need to gain during this time
- If you can still go running
- If you can still wear Spanx during this time
Oh and lastly, pregnancy related searches sky-rocket in January. I guess that for many people, the New Year signals a natural time to begin their journey of expanding their family.