Recently, I made a decision.

Until the end of my pregnancy, I am done with the Internet, other than for work purposes.


Because it scares the heck out of me. 

Almost daily, I see articles shared on Facebook sharing one horror after another. 

Around here, the articles that trend the most usually involve some kind scare regarding children. 

For some reason, many of my well-meaning friends and family feel the need to tag me in every article regarding hyperemesis gravidarum, the medications used to treat it like Zofran, and the ill effects they have on children.

Just recently, my sister, whom I thought knew a little better, text a link to an article regarding a new belief that hyperemesis gravidarum can cause developmental problems in the babies of mothers who suffer from this condition. 

The article went on and on about it, and of course, it stated that the sicker mothers are, the more likely their babies will have developmental problems.

Considering my son Cooper's own struggles with his developmental delays, this article did absolutely nothing but upset me at a time when I don't need to be. 

Naturally, the words of this article have stuck with me and I've spent hours imagining the worst. 

I've been much sicker with this pregnancy than I was with Cooper, so of course I am terrified that this baby will be plagued with even more problems than her big brother.

Then there's those awful stories regarding the nausea medicine, Zofran, which has been pumped into my system at high doses via IV for days at a time. 

Of course I brought up these horror stories to my doctors each time, but they were quick to brush them off. 

They told me that the percentages of children affected were small and that the benefits outweigh the possible side effects.

Still, the stories still haunt me, which is why I am limiting my Internet use to business only. 

I don't think the constant over-share of these stories does anyone any good, least of all pregnant women who can do nothing to prevent these possibilities. 

Since I have become a work-from-home mom, I have been guilty of spending many hours on social media. 

I have noticed that I have had an increase in anxiety since I began spending so much time online and I believe that increase is linked to constant flow of sad/tragic stories that flood my news feeds. 

I am constantly being introduced to a new condition, illness, or tragic accident caused from common, everyday activities.

I think these stories contribute to the current inclination of parents overprotecting our children. 

We don't let them outside because we fear a stranger will come along and snatch them up. 

Diseases like measles have seen outbreaks in children whose parents did not have them vaccinated because of the false information regarding the MMR vaccine. 

What's more, journalism has become so negligent in proving facts before publishing, we don't know what's real and what's not but too often we believe it anyway.

Am I alone in this? 

I don't think so. 

How do you all feel about the constant flow of negative stories flooding social media? 

Do you think it's lead to an increase in anxiety in people or is it just me? 

Let me know your thoughts!

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