Pregnant Women’s Most Frequently Googled Questions, Answered

Let’s face it, pregnancy can be daunting. Growing another life inside of you means that
your body experiences many changes, some of which you may find uncomfortable
and therefore question. Here are the answers to the most frequently googled
pregnancy questions in the UK.

When will I have symptoms and feel pregnant?

Common symptoms such as nausea, breast tenderness, bloating and fatigue may be experienced as early as when you miss your period. These symptoms, however, will vary from woman to woman. Some women may have breast tenderness and morning sickness very early, whereas others may experience very mild nausea, some none at all.

What do I need to pack in my hospital bag?

It’s important to pack your hospital bag ahead of time to ensure you have everything you need. This should include: your birth plan and maternity notes, several nightdresses or t-shirts, slippers or cosy socks, water spray or sponge, maternity pads and of course, snacks.

Natural Birthing Company’s Birthing Essentials Kit, (£20.00) contains a selection of products that will support you during your birthing journey, including a cooling body spray, a relaxing massage oil, a sleep-aid spray, and a soothing spray to use post-birth.

How can I ease my morning sickness?

Everyone knows that morning sickness is an unfortunate, common side effect of pregnancy.
Google trends show that there has been a 70% increase in ‘Morning sickness cures’ google
searches in the UK this year. Research shows that one of the main triggers for morning sickness is scents. Natural Birthing Company’s Best Washes Uplifting Body Wash (£6.99) uses the refreshing, delicate aroma of spearmint to soothe and calm any nausea, making it the perfect scent to start the day with and to linger all day!

Will I get stretch marks?

Stretch marks are a natural result of the skin stretching during pregnancy and they are common for most pregnant women. Natural Birthing Company’s Nourish & Relieve Massage and Stretch Mark Oil (£10.99), has been developed with a natural blend of oils and butters to soothe and hydrate skin whilst locking in moisture and helping to maintain its elasticity. This helps in reducing the appearance of stretch marks.

How can I prevent tears during labour?

Perineal massage is a commonly known way to prevent tears. Google trends show there has been a 190% increase in ‘When to start perineal massage’ UK google searches. Research shows that perineal massage from 34 weeks of pregnancy can reduce the risk of needing a cut during labour, or bad tearing.

Natural Birthing Company’s Down Below Perineal Massage Oil (£11.99) has been specially formulated for the intimate area of the perineum and contains a blend of Evening Primrose Oil, Rosehip Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil and Calendula Oil which are rich in antioxidants, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, to assist in skin elasticity and promote skin healing. UK Google trends also show that there has been a 400% increase in those asking ‘How
to do Perineal Massage’ too.

Annabelle Short

Annabelle Carter Short is an author, freelance writer and a seamstress of more than 7 years. When not working, she’s spending time with her family or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits.