Pregnancy and you blog

Pregnancy information: Are you overloading?

By Julie A. Lamppa, C.N.M., R.N. February 6, 2016

How many of you have mastered the art of using your phone while walking down the sidewalk, riding an elevator, or even climbing the stairs? Our lives have become riddled with an overabundance of technology and, as a result, information. Dare we call it an addiction? And, if you're expecting, pregnancy-related information — from apps, websites, blogs and social media — is literally always at your fingertips.

There are apps for tracking your period, fertility, contractions, and fetal movement. You can get help picking baby names, counting down the days until your due date, tracking your weight gain, predicting your baby's sex, and remembering to drink water. (Really? We need to be reminded to drink water?)

Online or via social media, you can read about every possible pregnancy condition, from the common to the extremely rare, as well as personal stories from women who have experienced them. And there's no shortage of pregnancy tips and advice, which can range from sound to confusing and plain inaccurate.

Although addictions are often harmful by nature, this one has some potential benefits. Information can be empowering. Just be cautious about what you believe. Always question where your information comes from and keep in mind that one person's experiences might not be relevant to you. And don't forget to use your good old common sense. Lastly, if you get off the elevator on the wrong floor while reading my blog, just keep walking with confidence. It's way too embarrassing to turn around and get back on.

Feb. 06, 2016