Googling all of your burning pregnancy questions? Clear your browsing history, mama.
If you're pregnant, chances are you have questions. Lots and lots of questions. And while your friends who have already had babies are super-helpful, sometimes you need a BFF you can bother at 3 a.m. and you can't sleep (because heartburn) and you're worried about fill-in-the-blank (because you're a normal pregnant human). Enter: Google.
Of course, it's important to proceed with caution when you're Googling your (heart)burning questions about being pregnant, but if you ever worry about sending a crazy search engine query, rest easy, mama-to-be. Chances are pretty solid that another woman (or say, a few thousand of them) have wondered the exact same thing. Here, moms confess the most ridiculous things they searched when they were expecting:
'Alien Baby Stomachs' and 'Cone Head Baby Stomach.'
"When I was around five months pregnant, I remember getting into bed one night and as I was laying down my stomach stuck out to a point, as if 'something' was protruding out from my guy. Once I was laying flat in bed, I sat up and it did it again. Immediately I freaked out and started Googling 'alien baby stomachs' and 'cone head baby stomach' (ya know the movie?). Soon after I texted my best friend about it and sent her pictures of what I was searching and she told me, very nicely, 'as much as I want to hear about your pregnancy, please think before you send me any images.'" —Eloise P.
'Water Breaking vs. Sex Discharge."
"My husband and I were trying to naturally induce labor—a polite way of saying we were having sex during my 39th week—and about an hour after the deed was completed, I was walking up the stairs and felt a gushing 'down there.'I got really excited thinking my water broke but was also aware that it could've just been excess build up, since we hadn't had sex in a while. Both my husband and I spent the next hour Googling 'water breaking vs. sex discharge.' Definitely not something I ever thought I would have to Google. And no, my water didn't break. I'm still pregnant at 40 1/2 weeks!" —Jenn B.
'Live Birth Videos'
"When I was pregnant, I Googled everything. From what cheeses I could eat to what skincare products I could use, I was adamant about doing my research first. But the biggest Google mistake I made while pregnant was watching birthing videos late in my pregnancy. The first one that popped up was a woman giving birth in a stream in the woods. No meds, nothing. She was screaming and wailing and the baby popped out and fell into the water. When my husband came home that night, I was crying and said, 'Whatever you do, please don't look 'down there' when I'm giving birth. I don't think you'll ever be attracted to me again!' My husband laughed and asked why in the world would I watch birthing videos at 8.5 months pregnant. It was admittedly a mistake." —Jeannie E.
'Can Self-Tanning Products Get Through to the Placenta?'
"When I was pregnant, I was headed to Hawaii for a 'Babymoon' at six months along and was not excited about being a white whale on the beach. I desperately wanted a spray tan but worried about whether the effects of the chemicals on my skin. So I Googled and posted on various pregnancy boards the question about whether self-tanning products could affect my unborn baby's health—if the chemicals could get through the placenta wall I think to be exact. I was too embarrassed to bother my very serious OBGYN with what seemed like such a dumb and vain question. Ultimately, I ended up hearing enough reassurance from other moms-to-be and medical sources to feel comfortable slathering on some self-tanning before vacation. I still looked huge but at least a little bit golden!" —Aimee W.
'Is It Gas Or Labor Pains?'
"At the end of my pregnancy, I was feeling different pains in my stomach and I couldn't tell if it was a contraction... or gas. They feel the same!' —Tamera D.
'What Does a Cervical Plug Look Like?"
"I can't tell you how many times during my last month or so of my pregnancy with my son, I Googled looking for an image and description of a cervical plug. No one really gives you a head's up about that and it's a little confusing!" —Kristie Y.
'How Do My Pelvic Bones Make Way For Birth?'
"I'm currently 20 weeks pregnant with my first child and I would say the craziest thing I've Googled is about how my pelvic bones make way for birth. Surprisingly, the diagrams and the explanations are mind-blowing!" —Sacha B.