Pregnancy: The most commonly asked questions on google

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Pregnancy: The most commonly asked questions on google
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When you start to research you questions in Google sometimes your question can be auto corrected by the search engine. So what are the most commonly asked questions about pregnancy on Google.  By looking at Google searches we can perhaps find what worries women the most about pregnancy.  Let’s have a look at the most commonly asked questions and see if it matches your own concerns. 

“When you are pregnant do…. “

When you are pregnant you can often worry about many things especially the state of your health and your baby.  From google the most commonly asked questions are focused on how you feel when you are pregnant.

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To be clear it is not possible to have your period and be pregnant.  You may experience a little spotting but if you are bleeding enough to wear tampons or pads then you can be sure that you are not pregnant.

During the first few weeks of pregnancy many women are affected by what is commonly known as morning sickness.  This is often one of the first signs of pregnancy.  This can normally start around the sixth week and will stop at the end of the first trimester.  Nevertheless many women can have these symptoms up until the twentieth week of pregnancy.

If you notice white discharge on your underwear this is normal.  Leukorrhea as it is officially known is a secretion from the vagina and uterus that allows the vagina to clean itself. It is also helps to hydrate and lubricate the very sensitive vaginal mucus.

In general brown discharge is nothing to worry about as your cervix can become sensitive during pregnancy so can produce brown spotting if it is irritated during sexual intercourse or a medical exam. If you start having brown discharge a couple of weeks before your due date it may mean you are going into labour soon.  In very rare situations brown discharge can be a sign of a miscarriage or an infection.  If you start seeing bright red spotting or suffer from abdominal cramping make sure you see a doctor straight away.

Your body will go through changes when you are pregnant.  You will go up a bra size or two, your skin might feel different and you can have bizarre food cravings.  However you can often lack concentration and feel light headed, suffer from constipation, hemorrhoids and from mood swings.

“How to _______ when pregnant”

While you are pregnant you often want to know the best ways to sleep and eat and in general how you might feel so you can prepare yourself.  However it also appears from google searches that many people are concerned about knowing if they are pregnant or how to tell people they are pregnant when they find out.

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The easiest way to know if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test if you have missed your period.  People are often worried that pregnancy tests are inaccurate however home tests are accurate as long as you follow the instructions.  A negative result could be inaccurate if you take the test too early so if you are concerned you can wait a couple of days.   If you are still concerned as you haven’t had your period yet and you think you may be pregnant you can contact your doctors surgery to have a urine test or blood test.  Here is some advice from the NHS about this subject.

Telling your family that you are pregnant can be easy or difficult depending on your situation.  If you are struggling to come to terms with the fact that you are pregnant try speaking with a friend or professional outside of your family environment.  You should never feel like you can’t talk to someone as there is always somebody who is there to help.

When you are pregnant your sleeping patterns can be disturbed especially during the last two trimesters.  This could be due to back pain, insomnia or shortness of breath. This is why it is important to know the best sleeping positions.   The best way to sleep is on your side with your knees bent.  The left side is meant to be even better as more nutrients can be sent to the placenta.

“When you are pregnant can you….”

Pregnant women are often interested to know what you can and can’t do especially when if come to what you can eat.

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When you are pregnant your hormones are all over the place.  You often start having cravings for foods you never particularly liked before.  However not everything you want is recommended:

  • Alcohol is strictly off limits so no more vino for 9 months…
  • Industrial cheese, unpasteurized cheese and the crust of the cheese is not recommended when pregnant.
  • Under-cooked or raw fish like shell fish as they can be contaminated with parasites
  • Raw eggs which can be often found in poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, icings etc…
  • You should also limit you caffeine intake as it can limit the growth of the fetus.

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