From the moment I started my period at the age of 13, I was always someone that followed my cycle. I knew exactly when to expect it and yet, on Sept. 24, 2016, it did not appear. I opened up my period tracker app and there it was: I was late by six days. We had been trying for about a month to get pregnant and immediately my mind went to, "Does anyone really get pregnant after only trying for a month?" I hopped in the car, headed into the supermarket and bought a pregnancy test. Once home, I opened the test, followed the directions, and waited. Plus sign equals pregnant; minus sign equals not pregnant. It was the longest two minutes of my life. Eventually, I finally had the courage to look down at the test and, you guessed it, a plus sign. Our baby journey had begun.
We were so excited with the news that it took about a week to really hit me: We're having a baby. I had so many questions, feelings, and concerns. I hit the internet looking for answers to all my questions. The thing that you don't think about when you're trying to have a baby is how quickly your body changes. I suddenly needed to know what I could and could not eat, what I was permitted to do and not do, what vitamin supplements I was allowed to take, everything down to the cleansers I could or could not use on my face. Searching online turned out to be a blessing and a curse. So much information contradicted itself. I felt deflated and more confused than ever.
I went to the app store on my phone and started searching for cool pregnancy apps that could help with my confusion. After all, that's what these apps were designed to do. I found one with great reviews and downloaded it to my phone. It promised that if I entered my due date, it would follow along with me and help me monitor the progress of my baby. Ok, great, this is perfect, I thought. After entering in all of my information, I received an update on my baby. "Congratulations," it said, "You are about 10 weeks pregnant and your baby is the size of a kumquat." A what? What the heck is that? Where is all the information that I need as a pregnant woman? What medications am I permitted to take? Why do I have this raging heartburn? And down the road - how do I know when I'm in labor? What am I supposed to take with me to the hospital? Should I breastfeed? I never found a single website or app that could answer these questions and help me with all of my anxieties.
When I first started working with The Christ Hospital Health Network, I was elated to hear that they had developed an online guide for all things maternity! BabyGiggles is a place where you can find the answers to all of the questions you have as an expectant mother. From weekly updates on how big your baby is, and educational information from physicians at The Christ Hospital Health Network, to gender reveal announcements, gender polls and a baby name game, BabyGiggles has everything you need during your pregnancy. You can even use BabyGiggles to connect with friends and family, so they can follow your pregnancy journey.
If you're expecting or know someone that is share BabyGiggles with them. It will help keep anxieties to a minimum and help with that raging heartburn too!
Check out BabyGiggles today and also learn more about our women's health services, with supportive programs for every stage of your life.