Thanks to medical advancement and modern technology, there are so many available and trustworthy avenues that a pregnant woman can turn to for advice. Book retailers have all of the latest self-help books surrounding topics like things to expect during pregnancy, the year after the baby is born, and even milestones to watch out for in the years to come. However, even with all of this knowledge and wisdom accessible in the blink of an eye, it still doesn't compete with good old fashioned chats with moms and grandmothers.
You'd be right to say that others really do know best. Science Daily investigated research conducted by the University of Cincinnati and came to the conclusion that pregnant women are still turning to their parents for medical advice, guidance, and support throughout their journey to motherhood. Interestingly enough, it's believed that the relationship between a mother and daughter- especially when bonding over pregnancy- is more beneficial than anything they could read online or learn from support groups. But the question that still remains is why?
As it turns out, not every pregnancy self-help book is helpful. This is primarily due to the fact that it's based on average statistics or things that are considered to be the "norm." For example, a book might suggest that an unborn child should be a certain size or weight by the end of the second trimester. But that doesn't necessarily mean that every child will be that way. This unintentionally causes unnecessary stress for the mother-to-be, who's now likely worrying that something might be wrong with her child.
Additionally, a study was conducted that suggested pregnant women tend to lean towards seeking out their mother's advice because of a mom's maternal presence. They've experienced pregnancy before, and therefore are empathetic about certain things that might be happening. To compare, doctors might not exude this same kind and gentle demeanor.
But of course, one should acknowledge the "do's and don'ts" from a medical professional- but perhaps not their advice on things such as childcare and general upbringing. At the end of the day, modern mothers-to-be have the choice of whether or not they want to see counsel from their relatives or doctors and nurses- or perhaps a little bit of both.