Women paying attention to the media for pregnancy insight

During your pregnancy, there's a good chance that you're going to read up on everything from the labor process to first trimester symptoms to prepare yourself for the road ahead. While your doctor is your most obvious reliable source of information, there's no rule that says you can't seek advice elsewhere. Danielle Bessett, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati, has found that this is exactly what many women do, according to the Times of India.

While doctors may have an abundance of information to give to their patients, it's the media that often influences the choices of moms-to-be. A study that looked at a group of pregnant women from New York between 2003 and 2006 found that most females draw conclusions about their nine months through a wide variety of sources. Television shows, commercials and other fictional depictions of pregnant women often skew what really happens during the developmental stage. In turn, onlookers are absorbing misleading information.

Bessett noted that pregnant women who don't feel themselves experiencing the same pregnancy symptoms as people on television might start to face confusion. This study hones in on the need for women to communicate more elaborately with their healthcare providers during the nine months rather than rely on myths and media depictions.

What do I do once I find out I'm pregnant?
If you're going through pregnancy for the first time, you're likely going to have a slew of questions for your doctor about how to ensure that your baby is healthy. That being said, there are a few steps you need to take to make sure that your pregnancy is progressing normally.

First, meet with your doctor to address the situation and discuss how you're going to change your lifestyle over the next nine months. You'll likely need to slightly alter your diet and physical activity levels to accommodate your growing child. Next, make it a point to stay in close contact with your physician, as well as the hospital where you intend to give birth. Finally, don't hesitate to ask your doctor any questions you may have along the way. Don't rely on sources such as television or the Internet for professional advice that could be crucial to your baby.

How have you studied pregnancy in the past? Do you maintain close contact with your doctor? Leave your feedback in the comments section!