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Study Reveals Just How Much Pregnant Women Rely On Internet For Information

By Devan McGuinness |

Where do you get most of your pregnancy information from? A new study published in the February issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing found that out of those polled in the study, 20% got their information regarding pregnancy from the internet as their primary source.

It’s no surprise that as a freelance writer and someone who loves her social media, that I get a lot of my information from the internet. Sure you have to watch where your sources are coming from and perhaps double check a few things once in a while, but the information is so valuable.

A research team from the University of Cartuja in Spain wanted to find out the pattern of use of the Internet as a source of health information by participants of antenatal classes. What they found out was pretty interesting.

It was a small study but what they discovered was still pretty impressive. They polled 114 females and 21 males all enrolled in antenatal classes, data was collected using an anonymous self-administered questionnaire. The questions asked included  the frequency of Internet use, sources of information about pregnancy, preference over other non-Internet sources, positive and negative feelings generated due to the use of the Internet and willingness to receive instructions on Internet use.

The average age of the participants was 31-years-old (the perfect age for people who love their internet) and ranged to be somewhere in between 24-38 weeks pregnant (or their partner was between that age) with 83% of them expecting their first child. Here’s what they found:

  • 93.5% reported they used the Internet on a regular basis (no difference between men and women)
  • 97·7% sought, at some point, information on pregnancy on the Internet.
  • 26·9% had done so in the last 24 hours.
  • 18.5% of women & 25.8% of men use the Internet as their primary source of information after their doctor

I don’t know about you, but I found all that pretty interesting. What the researches concluded from their study was it would be of great benefit for midwives and ob’s to keep an up-to-date list of online sources for reliable pregnancy information. Handing that resource out to their patients could prove to be valuable for the many who seek information and advice through the Internet.

:: Tell me, where do you get most of your information about pregnancy? ::

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Devan McGuinness is the writer of the lifestyle blog Accustomed Chaos. After surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan founded Unspoken Grief, a resource and support site for perinatal and neonatal loss. Read bio and latest posts → Read Devan's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Study Reveals Just How Much Pregnant Women Rely On Internet For Information

  1. Honey says:

    I definitely use the Internet as one of my primary sources of information. It’s so easy and definitely cheaper than buying books.
    http://Zerbert.wordpress.com

  2. Jenni says:

    I can see why it’s so popular. Personally, I was too embarrassed to ask my OB about some things, ya know, like pregnant discharge (thinking, wtcrap is going on..) and whatnot. Using the internet CAN be completely personal and confidential ans it helps you to feel confident to ask your doctor questions, with at least a little knowledge beforehand (so you don’t look stupid).
    http://jennibrenni.blogspot.com/

  3. Clara says:

    I used the internet all the time when i was pregnant haha

  4. KatrinaRamosAtienza says:

    All the time…and every single day for after first month I gave birth! It was really helpful especially as it related to breastfeeding. I didn’t know a lot of people who breastfed and a lot of doctors / pediatricians in the Philippines are so quick to recommend formula, so the Internet really helped when I was so confused!
    http://plussizefasyonmudra.blogspot.com/

  5. mommacommaphd.wordpress.com says:

    I go to the internet all the time, but you have to be careful what sources you trust. As a molecular biologist who is always researching something, I wrote this post to help other moms figure out who they can trust on the internet:

    http://mommacommaphd.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/be-careful-who-you-ask

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