New research from Start4Life has highlighted that mothers-to-be are looking for answers by revealing their top 20 pregnancy questions.
Start4Life has highlighted the top 20 pregnancy questions women have whilst carrying baby. The service offers NHS approved information and advice to those seeking guidance. The top 20 questions women have during pregnancy were revealed by Start4Life’s Information Service for Parents. The service offers NHS approved information and advice directly to those seeking guidance. This makes it the best place for parents-to-be and parents of children up to the age of 24 months to find the help they need to get their child off to the best start in life. Findings showed that pregnancy is a time filled with questions for women, with queries on labour, pain relief, breastfeeding and sleep at the forefront of most minds. ‘How will I know I’m in labour?’ was revealed top of the pregnancy questions most asked by mums-to-be. To identify common themes, a survey of 4,508 expectant women was carried out to find out what pregnancy questions they had at this stage in their lives. From this over 53,576 distinct questions were identified, the most popular of which were then ranked by pregnant women, women who had recently given birth and mothers of older children to find the definitive top 20.
Top 20 pregnancy questions:
- How will I know I am in labour? What are the signs of labour?
- What pain relief options are available?
- How do I know s/he is getting enough milk?
- How will I cope with labour?
- How long will labour last?
- How will I cope with being a parent? Looking after a newborn?
- How often/when will I see my midwife?
- How much milk does s/he need? (when weaning)?
- How many weeks pregnant am I?
- How do I deal with morning sickness? Morning sickness remedies?
- Best way to wean/how?
- How can I get the baby to latch on?
- Will the birth hurt?
- Will I be able to breastfeed?
- Breastfeeding: How do I do it?
- When will morning sickness end? When do I stop feeling sick?
- Should I sleep on a particular side? How do I sleep with a bump?
- When/how should I contact my midwife or GP?
- How can I cope with no sleep?
- What exercise can I do?
The Start4Life Information Service for Parents directs parents to clear, approved information, to make pregnancy a less confusing and overwhelming time for mothers.
Dr. Dan Poulter, Health Services Minister, commented: “It is always natural for parents to have lots of questions.The Start4Life Information Service plays an important role in delivering accessible and easy to understand information and the top 20 questions will provide a good place for parents to find the answers they need to their most pressing pregnancy questions.”