Study reveals top questions women search during pregnancy

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  • ‘Baby name ideas?’ is the most common question women ask during pregnancy, followed by ‘how big is the baby?’, a survey has shown.

    The poll of 2,000 mums revealed ‘where can you buy maternity clothes?’, and ‘how much weight should you put on during pregnancy?’ are among the other top queries.

    And while mums-to-be have traditionally turned to their own mother for advice, 78 per cent said the internet is now their first port of call for help.

    Other common searches include ‘what vitamins and minerals are important to consume during pregnancy?’, ‘how long does morning sickness last?’ and ‘how much folic acid do you need?’

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    Mums have been searching about what vitamins they need to take during pregnancy (Credit: Getty)

    The study, commissioned by Vitabiotics Pregnacare vitamins, also found the typical mum-to-be will ask four different questions every day while they’re expecting – more than 1,000 in total.

    But worryingly, 78 per cent said they have received conflicting answers, with 15 per cent saying the advice was ‘extremely different’.

    It also emerged those polled trust their midwife the most for pregnancy information (51 per cent), followed by their own mum (34 per cent), and doctors or other health professionals (33 per cent).

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    And more than one in five (21 per cent) said they consider the internet to be a reliable source.

    A spokesman for Vitabiotics Pregnacare said, “Pregnancy is an exciting time but can also be a worrying period – especially when it is your first and you are experiencing everything for the first time.

    “But having the internet at the touch of our fingertips now can mean we can easily search for different answers we might need – however strange the question may seem, so it’s vital to ensure the source of advice is authoritative and trustworthy.

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    Seems like woman take to Google to answer their most budding pregnancy questions (Credit: Getty)

    “There is so much to take in while you are expecting, even for those who may have been pregnant before, as no two pregnancies are the same and advice can change over time as well.

    “Whether it’s looking for ideas on what to call your baby or questions about what food and supplements you should be eating, there is no such thing as a silly question when you are pregnant.”

    The study also found 63 per cent of women said they found pregnancy to be a worrying and confusing time, with 87 per cent feeling they had lots of questions.

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    And 57 per cent of women said food and nutrition, including what you can and can’t eat, and the vitamins and minerals you should consume, was one of the most confusing areas about pregnancy.

    Searching the internet was the most common way to ask a question (67 per cent), along with asking a midwife (59 per cent), speaking to their own mum (48 per cent) or friends (46 per cent).

    More than a third also turned to baby and pregnancy forums online while 17 per cent went on to social media.

    Top 50 questions googled during pregnancy

    1. Baby name ideas?
    2. How big is the baby now?
    3. Where can you buy maternity clothes?
    4. How much weight should you put on during pregnancy?
    5. Can you take paracetamol when pregnant?
    6. What foods should you eat more of during pregnancy?
    7. Morning sickness remedies
    8. What do mild pains during pregnancy mean?
    9. What vitamins and minerals are important to consume during pregnancy?
    10. What supplements should you take during pregnancy?
    11. What causes back pain in pregnancy?
    12. How long does morning sickness last?
    13. What will the baby look like now?
    14. Why do you feel so tired?
    15. Is it okay to eat peanut butter / fish / cheese?
    16. How much folic acid do you need to have?
    17. How can you get a good night’s sleep?
    18. When do you start to show during pregnancy?
    19. Is bleeding during pregnancy OK?
    20. How can you tell how far along you are?
    21. Antenatal care in pregnancy
    22. What foods are a good source of folic acid?
    23. What is the NHS pregnancy journey like?
    24. Is it safe to have sex?
    25. Why do you get headaches during pregnancy?
    26. Should you be exercising during pregnancy?
    27. Can the baby hear you?
    28. Can you cure morning sickness?
    29. Is mayonnaise safe to eat?
    30. When should you stop feeling sick?
    31. Why do you need to go to the toilet so much?
    32. When do you have to stop flying during pregnancy?
    33. How do you register with a midwife?
    34. How much vitamin D should you have when you are pregnant?
    35. Can you have a false positive pregnancy test?
    36. Can you eat cooked brie and Camembert during pregnancy?
    37. Will the baby feel you having sex?
    38. Painful constipation in pregnancy?
    39. Why do your ankles swell up?
    40. How can you tell if you’re pregnant with twins?
    41. Should you talk to my baby?
    42. What does it mean if you have a high bump?
    43. How big will your breasts get during pregnancy?
    44. Should you play my baby happy music?
    45. Why might you not have much morning sickness?
    46. Gender reveal ideas?
    47. Can you have nosebleeds during pregnancy?
    48. Pregnancy reveal ideas?
    49. Belly button pains during pregnancy?
    50. What’s a molar pregnancy?