WhatToExpect.com, the leading pregnancy and parenting website, releases Pregnancy Confidential, a new study shedding light on the facts and realities of what pregnant woman know, think, and feel. And some of the results might surprise – those who’ve never been pregnant.
Highlights of the Pregnancy Confidential study findings include:
Facebook Friends Are the Last to Know: While some pregnant women may be waiting to share the baby news, more than half are sharing with others within the first trimester. The exception: their Facebook friends. Pregnant women are 3 times more likely to share with strangers online (via online pregnancy communities) than with their actual online friends.
Misnamed: Women are as likely to experience morning sickness in the evening as they are in the morning and nearly half experience it randomly throughout the day.
Just Dealing With It: While more than half of women suffered four or more hours of symptoms every day, 60 percent of women surveyed said that NVP (nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, or morning sickness) is “just part of pregnancy” – even if it’s taking the joy out of being pregnant.
The Additional Effects: 6 out of 10 pregnant women say that the real tolls of being sick while pregnant are the anxiety of getting stopped in their tracks by symptoms and suffering in silence.
Sharing Early: Of those surveyed, nearly half said that they shared the news early. The top three reasons why: not being able to contain the excitement, being sick and dealing with symptoms of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, and nosy people asking.