As the old saying goes, knowledge is power, and never has this been more true than in pregnancy. With the internet constantly at our disposal it couldn’t be easier to get online and access enormous amount of information in seconds – but where is the best place to go for help and advice online?
With all the information available on the worldwide web surely some of it has to be correct, right? Well, yes, but how do you know which parts? Because it’s certainly not all correct. The fact is there is a lot of nonsense out there – which will only serve to increase anxiety – but there are also places to go for clear, accurate advice. We’ve got a few tips on where to get the best advice and how to avoid unnecessary worry.
1) NHS Choices has a wealth of evidence-based, non-biased information to help you during your pregnancy. If you are ever wondering if you should or shouldn’t be doing something, let them be your first port of call. They’ll almost always have the answer.
2) Count the Kicks encourages women to become more in-tune with their baby’s patterns and movements as changes to these patterns is the best indicator available of foetal wellbeing. Not only do they promote an important message, but their website is full of great evidence-based information and their research and is well worth checking out for any mum-to-be.
3) The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) provide a number of online ‘patient information leaflets’ on various topics ranging from basic pregnancy advice to more complex conditions and procedures providing you with the most up-to-date research and guidelines available. A word of advice, don’t go reading about conditions you don’t have and procedures you don’t need – you’ll only freak yourself out.
4) A little self-promotion here, but we at Baby2Body promise to give you unbiased, evidence-based information to keep you happy and healthy throughout your pregnancy. When it comes to medical advice and guidance, the best person to talk to is your doctor as they will know what it is best for you and your unique situation. But when it comes to optimizing your health and lifestyle, we’ve got you covered. Make sure to download the Baby2Body app for pregnancy and your first three years of motherhood!
There are lots of ‘mummy forums’ popping up all over the internet, which can be a great place for sharing feelings and meeting other soon-to-be mums – but it’s also creating a worrying trend. Pseudo-medical advice being given over these forums is on the rise as there is no real regulation of what is being said or whether or not it is correct.
Avoid accepting medical advice or self-diagnose based on information from these sites. If you are concerned about anything, talk to a medical professional. It is also worth noting that people love to tell their birth/pregnancy horror stories, in graphic, gory detail on these forums. Avoid. At all costs. People rarely share their normal, wonderful birth experiences so the horror stories seem disproportionate, although they are not representative of the typical experience. Poring over these stories will only rarely provide valuable information and it will be more likely to cause unnecessary upset and anxiety.