High on the list of frenemies for pregnant women are maternity clothes, baby registries, the waiting room at the doctor’s office, and Google. Like, I can’t imagine pregnancy without them, but I can’t say I particularly enjoy any of them, either. Especially you, Google. The Google searches performed while pregnant, specifically the ones I found myself doing between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., are the stuff nightmares are made of. Because, if I’m pregnant, and awake, and Googling at those hours, then you know it’s because something is going down.
And, while I have many reasons to thank Google, like for helping me keep tabs of the cast of Troop Beverly Hills, figuring out just what is up with moon cycles, and determining how basic it is for me to buy an adult coloring book, sometimes I yearn for a simpler time, when I wasn’t didn’t have the answer to everything at my fingertips. There is such a thing as too much information, after all. And I can’t think of a time when this rang truer than during pregnancy. Based on the conversations I’ve seen on message boards and in online moms groups, I know I’m not alone. Here’s a small sampling of some of the common things many of us are turning to Google for during pregnancy: