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Google Reveals the Most Searched Pregnancy Topics

No, it’s not just you. When many of us have a question, we run to Google for an immediate answer. The world’s most popular search engine processes 40,000 queries every second; that’s 3.5 billion Google searches every day.

Among the frequent searchers are soon-to-be parents. In fact, a recent Google survey revealed the inquiring minds of expecting parents who Googled twice as much as non-parents. So, what are mom- and pop-to-be asking? When it comes to pregnancy, these are the 15 most frequently asked questions.

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15 Clothes

Babies are priceless but providing everything they need is not. The Globe and Mail newspaper estimates parents will spend at least $8,000 in their baby’s first year alone. The must-haves, including food, diapers, and clothes, can absorb a big chunk of the household’s budget. And due to maternity and paternity leaves, incomes drop while expenses rise.

In this economy, it’s no wonder why expecting parents are researching ways to save. When hunting for baby clothes, people want to know where to buy and when to buy. And, in an attempt to stretch clothing budgets, how to clean and reusing baby clothes are recurrent Google searches.

Maternity clothes are also on the minds of soon-to-be moms. With a growing bump, brand new clothes become another cost involved with the arrival of a new baby. Unfortunately, maternity clothes tend to be more expensive than regular clothes. Women can always wear larger sizes instead of replacing their entire wardrobes. Still, expecting moms may find it difficult to avoid buying maternity clothes. This is where Google comes into play—seeking out bargains on maternity clothing.

14 Diapers

No parent has ever complained about receiving too many diapers. Why are baby diapers always welcomed gifts at baby showers? Because new parents need so many of them. A surplus of diapers can help new parents over the hurdles of infancy.

On average, a baby will use about 10 diapers a day, give or take a few changes. At 20 cents a diaper, this adds up to roughly $60 per month. Plus, add another $20 a month for wipes. Google searches illustrate what expecting parents need—economical solutions.

In addition to comparison shopping and searching for online deals, free samples and product coupons can help soon-to-be parents cut down on diaper expenses. This is not a permanent economic plan but these savings are helpful when every penny counts. Along with snagging these giveaways, stockpile diapers and wipes whenever they are on sale. You’ll always get them at the lowest price, and they probably won’t go to waste.

13 Baby Strollers

If you think the majority of expectant parents are Googling baby strollers to buy strollers online or shop around, you’d be mistaken. This popular Google search has many pregnant couples looking for stroller rental services.

Again, a baby stroller, like a car seat or a crib, is a major expense for new families. Although it’s an item that can be placed on a baby shower registry, the stroller would then become a big ticket item for someone else.

To defray the cost of a stroller, expecting parents are researching baby stroller rental services. Renting allows parents to pay low daily or weekly rates rather than forking over a large lump sum. Plus, baby equipment rental is helpful when parents are traveling. No need to lug a stroller or a portable crib during a family trip when you can rent the equipment upon arrival at your destination.

Baby equipment rental companies are located all over the world. Here are just a few examples:

United States: Anything for Babywww.anythingforbaby.com

Canada: Wee Travelwww.weetravel.ca/

India: Brag Packer - www.bragpacker.com/

United Kingdom: Renting For Rascals - www.rentingforrascals.co.uk/

Portugal: Up a Baby - www.upababy.pt/en/

Mexico: Baja Baby Gear - www.bajababygear.com/

12 School

Having a baby is just part of the challenge; paying for a child’s schooling is another. For families with children under the age of four, child care costs are a huge financial burden.

Parents in the United States are spending an average of $18,000 a year for full-time daycare; that’s about $350 a week. In some cities, daycare costs rival college tuition. Put another way, having two kids in daycare is more costly than rent.

Schooling has become the biggest household expense for families. The cost of daycare has doubled since the 1980s. It’s a financial challenge that requires a spending plan. So, it makes sense that parents want to educate themselves and prepare for the cost as early as possible. With preschools and even college on the minds of parents, my child’s education and college savings appear high on the list of pregnancy Google searches. Even before the baby arrives, expecting parents are planning ahead.

11 Safety

When it comes to safety, pregnant women in Mexico want to know if they can wear heels. Expecting moms can certainly wear high-heeled shoes without harming their unborn babies but there is a risk of falling. Pregnancy can be a clumsy time for women. Since the growing baby pushes her center of gravity forward, it can throw off her balance.

Pregnant women are not made of glass, but it’s always safer for moms-to-be to err on the side of caution, especially in the following situations:

Long Hikes - Although walking is a safe exercise for healthy pregnant women, poor balance, jagged rocks, and pregnancy are a risky combination. Avoid uneven terrain. Better yet, stick to walking trails.

Horseback Riding - Even the most experienced horseback rider can have an accident. The risk here is not only falling but also getting kicked by the horse if it gets scared.

Theme Park Rides - The jerking movements of amusement park rides are no-nos for the safety of an unborn child. The bumping and jostling can cause the placenta to separate from the uterine wall. Stay away from water slides, too.

10 Drinks

Google searches are a window into the world of cultures. For example, in Nigeria, their searches reveal their concern about pregnant women drinking cold water. In some parts of the world, there is a fear that the baby may develop pneumonia if the mother drinks ice water while pregnant.

In the Western world, consuming cold water is not a concern. (At least, it doesn’t show up in the top five Google searches.) The top pregnancy Google search in the United States is can pregnant women drink wine?

With regards to drinks, here are the top pregnancy Google web searches around the world:

Singapore

  • Can pregnant women drink green tea?
  • Can pregnant women drink coffee?

United States

  • Can pregnant women drink wine?
  • Can pregnant women drink coffee?

Mexico

  • Can pregnant women drink coffee?
  • Can pregnant women drink tea?
  • Can pregnant women drink beer?

Nigeria

  • Can pregnant women drink cold water?
  • Can pregnant women drink wine?
  • Can pregnant women drink coffee?

9 Losing Weight

Body image is an important matter to women, and carrying a child can make it a major concern. While some expectant moms love every inch of their evolving physiques, others struggle with the dramatic changes. Naturally, a transformation during pregnancy is expected but some women have a love-hate relationship with their expanding figures.

This may explain why weight gain is another pregnancy-related concern that spans continents. How to lose weight during pregnancy is one of the top five Googled topics in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, and South Africa. It appears pregnant women all over the world are finding it difficult to accept motherhood weight gain.

Health experts agree that you should not consume fewer calories when you are pregnant. Expectant women who limit their calories deny their babies of vital supplements. Shedding unwanted pounds is best left until after delivery.

If you are concerned about the rising numbers on their scales, alleviate the stress on yourself by focusing on the baby in your womb. Think about how wonderful it is that you and your unborn baby share a body. In fact, try to embrace this moment because it won’t last forever.

8 Dreams

Pregnant women around the world dream of being pregnant. Their Google searches also reveal that they dream of giving birth.

Wild dreams are more common when you’re sleeping for two. Naturally, pregnant women have a lot on their minds. Since dreams reflect your thoughts and feelings, the worries of daily life intensify during pregnancy. There’s a constant concern for the child in the womb, and hormones further heighten these feelings.

We all dream. In fact, we have several dreams every night, lasting between 5 to 20 minutes each. Not everyone remembers their dreams but expecting mothers have a special gift. Not only do most pregnant women have many vivid dreams every night but they tend to remember their night visions. The reason for this has to do with a soon-to-be mom’s new lifestyle and sleep patterns.

People tend to remember only the last dream they had before waking up. Sleep is often interrupted for expecting mothers. Because of trips to the bathroom, leg cramps, and trying to find a comfortable sleep position, pregnant women wake up more often. As a result, they are prone to remembering their dreams at the end of each sleep cycle.

7 Cravings

Nearly all of us have food cravings. If you love comfort foods, warm bread and butter probably make your mouth water. If you have a sweet tooth, you probably crave chocolate from time to time. Pregnant women are known to share several cravings.

Google has narrowed down the top craving searches by country. These few examples have many similarities:

United States

  • Ice
  • Salty foods
  • Sweets
  • Fruits
  • Spicy food

Australia

  • Salt
  • Chocolate
  • Ice
  • Fruit

India

  • Spicy food
  • Sweets
  • Chocolate
  • Salt
  • Ice Cream

6 Sleep

The physical transformation of pregnancy affects every part of the body. Exhaustion can hit you like a ton of bricks. But as your baby grows, getting some shut-eye becomes increasingly difficult. Pregnant sleeplessness is caused for many reasons, including frequent urination, heartburn, leg cramps, and anxiety.

With all of these possible ailments, it's no wonder why how to sleep during pregnancy is a popular Google search in the Britain, India, South Africa, and Australia.

To assist uninterrupted sleep:

  • Limit your fluids hours before bedtime. Also, lean forward while peeing to completely empty your bladder. This will reduce visits to the bathroom.
  • Extinguish heartburn by drinking water between meals. Avoid citrus fruits, fried and spicy foods, and caffeinated drinks. Also, eat less in one sitting, but more often throughout the day.
  • Stretch your calf muscles before bed. Drink plenty of water, and elevate your feet whenever possible.
  • Go to bed early. Make sure the room is quiet and dark.

You need your strength and a good night’s sleep to help you recover from pregnancy fatigue. Make it your mission to get more rest.

5 Food

In Australia, women are more concerned about the safety of eating dairy products while pregnant, but in America, seafood is the main question.

With regards to food, here are the top pregnancy Google web searches around the world:

United States

  • Can pregnant women eat shrimp?
  • Can pregnant women eat sushi?

India

  • Can pregnant women eat pizza?
  • Can pregnant women eat mango?
  • Can pregnant women eat banana?
  • Can pregnant women eat papaya?

United Kingdom

  • Can pregnant women eat prawns?
  • Can pregnant women eat smoked salmon?
  • Can pregnant women eat mozzarella?
  • Can pregnant women eat mayonnaise?
  • Can pregnant women eat cheesecake?

Singapore

  • Can pregnant women eat pineapple?
  • Can pregnant women eat ice cream?
  • Can pregnant women eat durian?

Spain

  • Can pregnant women eat pâté?
  • Can pregnant women eat jamón?
  • Can pregnant women eat tuna?

Australia

  • Can pregnant women eat cream cheese?
  • Can pregnant women eat prawns?
  • Can pregnant women eat bacon?
  • Can pregnant women eat sour cream?
  • Can pregnant women eat feta cheese?

4 Expectant Father Searches

The birth of a baby is a huge culture shock for most new parents. When a couple is expecting a baby, the mother isn’t the only one with questions. In fact, this is a time when soon-to-be fathers can feel nervous. While the expectant mother and her unborn child are bonding, dad-to-be is trying to find his place within this new family dynamic.

When it comes to Google, dads are posing slightly different questions than their partners. The queries have more to do with their pregnant wives than their babies in the womb.

In Mexico, fathers are looking for loving words and poems for their pregnant wives. In the United States, the questions are a little different. American men want to know what to do now that my wife is pregnant.

Google found one bizarre pregnancy search recurrently asked by men. Fathers-to-be revealed that they want to be breastfed by their lactating wives.

3 Sex

Out of all frequently asked questions about pregnancy, people in United States, India, Australia, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, and South Africa are all looking for the same information about sex:

  • Can you have sex during pregnancy?
  • Is sex safe during pregnancy?
  • How to have sex during pregnancy

Sex is safe during pregnancy because the penis doesn't go farther than the vagina, so it can't reach the fetus. Plus, the baby in the womb is surrounded by a fluid-filled membranous bag called the amniotic sac. This bag is a watery cushion that protects the baby throughout the pregnancy. However, if the sac is leaking fluid, you should not have sex as intercourse could admit bacteria in the vagina.

Ladies, you many not be as adventurous as you once were, especially in later months but lovemaking certainly doesn't have to stop. If sex is painful or you feel uncomfortable, let your partner know what is pleasurable and what’s not.

2 Health

Before pregnancy, over-the-counter drugs would be the go-to solution for a headache. However, most painkillers are strictly limited while you're pregnant. In fact, you should not take any medication without consulting with your obstetrician or health care professional. Still, in the United States, can pregnant women take Tylenol is a common Google web search.

Although Google is a handy tool that is always at your fingertips, it has become a common method to diagnose illnesses. Your doctor will provide a more accurate diagnosis based on your personal health history, so don't rely on Dr. Google for all of your ailments.

1 Stretch Marks

The average woman gains between 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. As she expands, her skin stretches to accommodate a growing baby. During the second and third trimester, the body grows even faster. Expectant moms will probably notice tread-like tiger stripes on her thighs, buttocks, upper arms, and especially on the breasts and abdomen. These are stretch marks. They occur when your skin can’t keep up with the rate of growth. As a result, the fibers underneath the skin break as they expand and contract.

Preventing and avoiding stretch marks are on the minds of pregnant women around the world. It’s the top Google search on pregnancy for people in the United States, Australia, and Canada.

Immediately after delivery, your body will not revert back to its pre-pregnancy state. But with time, your body will bounce back. Being proactive will significantly help the process. And even if your stretch marks do not completely fade, wear them like a badge. Celebrate the changes that add to your pregnant physique, stretch marks and all.

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