If you plan on getting pregnant in the near, foreseeable future, then you are definitely going through an exciting time in your life. Exciting, yet also very emotional, confusing and generally agitated. Where do you turn to for advice? Sure, you have your OB/Gyn, your own mother, aunts and other older female relatives who have gone through the experience, your friends who already have children of their own… but they can’t all be there for you all the time. There are many books on the matter, as well, but how can you know which ones are actually good reading material, appropriate for your level of comprehension or your specific areas of interest? Well, in truth, you don’t know and can’t know. And the second truth is that pregnancy is also largely about self-discovering, maturity and many other transformational processes that we must all undergo. As such, turn to the online world and become your own encyclopedia on the matter. You will find a wealth of information, constantly available at a single click’s distance, such as an ovulation calculator, a pregnancy calendar and online tools for journaling about your very own, personal and unique experience. We’ve identified some of these tools and detailed on them below.
Prior to getting pregnant and also in the early stages of your pregnancy you will be experiencing an inordinate amount of anxiety over timing. If you need to calculate your ovulation cycle or learn more the calendar of pregnancy, all you have to do is run an online search on any of these topics—you will find plenty of good resources available. Alternatively, once pregnant, you will want to keep track of the baby’s development stages. Work out the maths on your own. Psychology teaches us that figures and calculations help us feel in control and make sense of complex experiences and processes.
Pregnancy sure is an emotional and biological rollercoaster. It is only natural for you to want to express the brand new feelings you are experiencing. There are many online journaling websites, platforms and communities that will help you do just that. From a psychological standpoint, this type of behavior is closely linked to the basic human need for communication. If you don’t feel entirely comfortable with discussing every single aspect of pregnancy with your partner or family, you might just find that online journaling will take a lot of that pressure off.
By journaling or actively participating in pregnancy forums you will discover that you are not alone on your rollercoaster ride of emotions. There are many women out there undergoing similar experiences, who are also more than willing to listen, advise and share their own stories. Don’t worry about identity protection: the Internet is anonymous and you will only be disclosing as much as you want to disclose. The rest will be a hand-holding, safe and nurturing experience to guide you through your nine months of amazement.