Information abounds on the internet, which can be great, but can also be misleading. Especially during pregnancy and postpartum, you google one symptom you have and before you know it, you’re lost in a sea of articles and end up feeling like you’re on the verge of death! I’ve seen so many articles, particularly relating to fitness during pregnancy and postpartum where the information in the article is just straight-up wrong. And I think another thing a lot of moms don’t realize is that much of the information, even if it is technically correct in some situations is just much too generic. Each woman has different considerations, especially during pregnancy and postpartum, and those considerations must be taken into account. General guidelines don’t and can’t apply to everyone.
Bottom line is, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. Here’s why:
1. People Post to Make Money
Whether it’s about “preventing diastasis recti” or “how to lose that mommy tummy”, bloggers write posts with trigger words and phrases to capture the attention of potential readers. They write about topics women want to hear about, they promise things they can’t deliver. Pregnancy and postpartum are very vulnerable times for women, as hormones are all over the place, and these kinds of triggers sink in for women who are feeling insecure about their weight or the way their body looks.
2. People Post to Get a Reaction
Oftentimes, bloggers post a controversial opinion to get a reaction from their audience. Now, I’m not saying that all controversial opinions are wrong – different perspectives can be a great thing. But a controversial opinion on fitness during pregnancy and postpartum from someone who doesn’t have the proper qualifications can be damaging. Improper advice can instruct you to try something that is not appropriate for your journey or fitness level. Perhaps, for some women, this advice is fine, but odds are, general advice is not going to fit every woman across the board.
3. People Post that Don’t Have Proper Credentials
Because of the way social media operates, anyone can get on any number of social media platforms and start posting workout advice, pregnancy advice, nutrition advice – whatever they want! Unfortunately, people rarely stop to check and see if the person who’s post they are reading has any qualifications to be speaking on that topic. A lot of fitness “experts” on Instagram and YouTube aren’t really experts. They’re people who enjoy working out, started posting about it and gained a following. In a lot of cases, they have no formal training at all. They post whatever they want, and people will believe it because they have a lot of followers.
Let’s make sure that the information we are taking in online is credible and reliable. And if you’re unsure reach out to the person! Send them a message and ask what their qualifications are. If they are legit, they will be happy to respond to you to put your mind at ease.