(Closed) Pregnancy books/apps More harm than good?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

What to Expect is notorious for being extremely alarmist. Ditch it. Get something like the Mayo Clinic Guide to Pregnancy instead.

And keep in mine that some people never have any pregnancy “symptoms” other than no period and an ever growing belly (which you are still quite far from needing to think about).

Post # 4
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hey hun, had to pop in and reply real quick to this. I think YES, absolutely sometimes books/apps can do more harm than good. I also downloaded the WTE app and sometimes pop into the “forums” to see what’s going on… and let me tell you, that’s a bad idea. Lots of people talking about concerns/bad stuff they are going through and it can bring you down. I sympathize with those going through hard times but sometimes it’s best to just stay off those things. Also, in the WTE book, they tell you not to read the chapters/sections on things unless you are experiencing them… as, like you said.. they can cause unwanted stress and anxiety.

As a fellow Nov mama I am literally feeling almost 100% normal. Sore boobs only to the touch. Not peeing any more frequently than I used to, don’t even get up during the night most nights. No MS. No cramping. Not tired. Not emotional. No bloating, constipation. No food aversions/smell aversions. I literally feel exactly like I did pre-pregnancy.

Remember, a missed period is a symptom. I work with 2 ladies that have both been recently pregnant and neither one had any MS or anything, like us. Both had perfectly healthy little ones.

Also, lots of people take the time to write/question when they DO have symptoms… not as much when they are MIA. It’s like going on a travel review website.. most people who have an AWESOME time, usually don’t take the time to write a review. Those who had a horrible time and hated the place, will take all the time in the world to write down every little detail they went through on their trip. I think this can really easily apply to pregnancy forums too!

I seriously feel what you’re going through – and I’m not telling you I have NO symtoms to make you feel better! I literally have none/virtually none.  If i didn’t push on the front of my boobs every so often I wouldn’t notice they are tender at all and would be down to nada.

If you want, PM me! Maybe you and I can have a “symptom free” pregnancy private chat on FB or email to keep each other calm and sane though this! Next week we’ll have our appts and probably be wondering what all our worrying is for! Like you, some days I’m super positive and excited for my appt Monday, and other days I’m a total nervous wreck just waiting for something to go wrong… I feel you!


Post # 6
4582 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had very few pregnancy symptoms early on and I just avoided pregnancy books. Especially What to Expect, because I hear people either love it or hate it and I figured I would hate it.

Every pregnancy is different. Try not to worry. 🙂

Post # 7
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@birdie724:  I had nausea for about 1 week, in week 9, and it was terrible, but other than that the nausea was infrequent and never severe.

Post # 8
4518 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@birdie724:  I kind of hate “What To Expect.” I find it patronizing and annoying and yeah, alarmist, as @mrsSonthebeach said. I have the app, too, and I find that I rarely relate to what it’s saying. Today, for example, it’s giving me a list of what sweeteners are safe to use. At almost 31 weeks, isn’t it a bt late to be telling me this? lol. If I must sweeten, I’m a sugar or honey person, anyway.

Anyway, I digress. A book that I liked and read early on is “The Panic-Free Pregnancy.” It basically just dispels a bunch of myths (and validates any advice that’s legit), so if you’re in the mood for something like that, check it out. As with all pregnancy books, don’t take it as gospel — things become dated very quickly and you & your doctor know best.

GL with the pregnancy — here’s hoping you stay low on the symptom scale!

Post # 9
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@birdie724:  Too much info can be a bad thing. I’ve become more worried about getting pregnant/giving birth etc. since I’ve started to read about it. My mom had no issues, didn’t get fat, yadda yadda, but from what i’ve read, pregnancy sounds really frickin complicated and scary.

I think when I get pregnant for real I will try NOT to read stuff, download apps, etc. Women have been having babies for generations before the internet was invented and they did just fine.

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