Survey Shows I Have Nothing in Common With Pregnant Women

pregnantSo, here's something interesting. This year, the Mayo Clinic partnered with American Baby to conduct the first ever 2011 Bump Report -- a survey, appropriately called "What It's Like to Be Pregnant in 2011," that asked more than 1,000 moms-to-be about their modern-day pregnancy experiences. Issues touched upon included the social and love lives of pregnant women; celeb moms they look up to; when they let family and friends know; and whether or not the pregnancy was a surprise.

As somebody who's, well, pregnant in the year 2011, my interest was quite piqued when I learned about such a survey. I wanted to see how I matched up, what I had in common, what sentiments and routines I could share. Turns out, not much.


Here are some of the findings:

Morning sickness. The moms-to-be who were surveyed listed morning sickness as the number one toughest pregnancy symptom (34 percent), followed by fatigue (26 percent) and mood swings (16 percent). Believe me, I know it's a blessing, but so far I haven't gotten sick during my 15 weeks of pregnancy (famous last words). There was about a two-week period where I felt sort of "off," but nope, no barfing ever. My most annoying pregnancy symptom has been the bizarre taste in my mouth.

Social networking. A whopping 87 percent of the women surveyed plan to keep friends and families fully informed throughout their labor with Facebook status updates, tweeting, photos, and videos. Dana Points, editor-in-chief of American Baby, said, "Millennial moms are so much more open about their pregnancies than generations before, thanks to the role social media plays in their day-to-day life." Um, yeah, not this mom-to-be. I'm happy to share pregnancy ups and downs with you, dear Internet friends I've never met, but live blogging while I'm in labor? That's where I draw the line. And you can rest assured, there will be nary a photo of me in the delivery room on Facebook. Ever.

Spilling the beans. Apparently 56 percent said they went public with their pregnancies during the first trimester rather than following the old custom of waiting until the second trimester to announce their news. For the most part, I did this, too. I told the people I was close with about two months in. I waited until the second trimester to tell others.

Babymoon. A lucky 23 percent of parents-to-be said they plan on taking part, or took part, in the new trend of celebrating pregnancy with a babymoon, or a last vacation fling before baby arrives. Um, I wish I could say I plan on doing this, but I'm, you know, saving my money for my unborn child. If you can do it, congrats. I'm very jealous.

Celeb mom. The number one celeb role model mom is Kate Hudson. Natalie Portman came in at number 2, and Jessica Alba at 3. I love all these ladies, but don't think I'd list any of them as my "role model" mom. What do we even know about Natalie Portman as a mom? If I had to pick a celeb, I'd probably go with somebody like, I don't know, Jennifer Garner, because she seems so normal.

So, guess I don't have too much in common with 2011 moms -- or at least the ones surveyed. But that's okay. I'll let them do them, while I do me.

Do you agree with these findings?


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