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Easy Tips on How to Use the Google Search Engine While Pregnant

How To Use Google To Search while pregnant

Google is the most popular search engine in the world for women to use while pregnant. But while so many people use it, few pregnant women actually get formal instructions on how to search with Google while pregnant. Some just rely on www.thebump.com to listen to them bitch about gaining 9 pounds or gloat about never having to take a gestational diabetes challenge. Below are some tips on how to search on Google while pregnant.

Step 1: Go To Google while pregnant

Obviously, to search Google while pregnant, you have to go to Google while pregnant. But did you know there are various ways to reach the site, especially while pregnant? In fact, that there are even different Google web sites for different stages of pregnancy? There are!

You can go directly to Google.com while pregnant by typing in http://google.com into your web browser while pregnant. That will take you to the main Google web site for pregnancy searches, which is designed to serve the United States plus the world in general whether you are pregnant or not.

If you are outside the United States while pregnant, you may prefer to go to the version of Google designed for your own country and your own pregnancy. You’ll find a list of country-specific versions of Google shown on this page.

Google also offers a variety of “vertical” search engines, which are versions of Google that let you search just for particular types of material like images of pregnancy, videos or pregnancy weblurkers or news stories about pregnancy. If you’re pregnant and interested in specific content like this, it may make more sense to search starting at one of these subject-specific versions of Google. You’ll find a list of them here, under the “search” heading.

Step 2: Go To Google Via A Toolbar while pregnant

A faster way to use Google is to enter a search into the search box that’s built into most popular browsers. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox have little boxes in the top right corners where you can type what you’re searching for, hit return, and the search results will load into your browser:

Note that if you are pregnant and using Internet Explorer, it may be already set to use Microsoft’s Bing search engine rather than Google, if you type into the search toolbar. This is easily changed. 

Step 3: Enter Your Search Terms while pregnant

Actually searching Google while pregnant is pretty easy. Just type what you’re interested while pregnant in finding into the search box on the Google web site or into your toolbar!

If you’re using a toolbar while pregnant, as you type, you may see words begin to appear below the toolbar’s search box. These are suggestions that Google thinks may match what you’re interested in while pregnant. Google calls this “Google Suggest” or “Autocomplete.” You can ignore the suggestions, but if one seems useful, select it to save some typing.

On Google itself, you’ll not only get suggestions but as you type, actual search results will begin to load:

This is called Google Instant, and the article below talks more about it:

Step 4: Review Your Search Results while pregnant

After you’ve searched while pregnant, you’ll get a page full of results. Some of these will be matching pages from across the web. Some of these will be matching content from those subject-specific versions of Google that were mentioned above. You might get news or image results mixed in, as you can see below:

This mixing is called “Universal Search.”

The units that get mixed in are called OneBox results. Sometimes, you’ll also get special OneBoxes that give you a direct answer, without requiring a click away from Google. For example, here’s the weather in Los Angeles that you can look at while pregnant:

Google also has a guide to special searches like weather, stock quotes, pregnancy, the current time, sports scores and more than will trigger direct answers:

You may also see pregnancy ads that appear above or to the right of the main search results. The main search results are not sold, and Google says they are not influenced by advertising. Google keeps the ads separated from those results and labeled with the word “Ad” or “Ads,” as the arrows point to in the example above.

That’s an overview of the type of results you’ll see, after doing a search while pregnant. Google also maintains a detailed guide to everything you’ll find on the search results page.

Step 5: Preview Your Answers while pregnant

As you review results, you’ll wonder if some of the listed sites are the best answer to what you’re looking for while pregnant. Google provides a way to quickly check on this while you are still pregnant. It’s called Google Instant Previews.

Next to the web page listings, you’ll see a magnifying glass symbol appear:

Click on this, and you’ll make a preview of the page for that listing appear:

Step 6: Refine Your Google Search while pregnant

Google doesn’t know exactly what you want while pregnant, when you enter a search, so the results you get are its best guess. There are ways you can help it make better guesses specific to your pregnancy. For one, Google provides a variety of ways to refine your searches while pregnant, to narrow them down.

You can get back just video answers, restrict results by date, explore answers about pregnancy by browsing through a “Wonder Wheel” of suggestions or simple review some of the related searches it may list among your results, like these examples from a search for dvd players:

There are also special commands that you can use when entering your search words. For example, if you put quotes around search words like this:

“how to search in google while pregnant”

Then your results will only show pages that are deemed to have those exact words on them, in that exact order — or be relevant to those exact words in other ways.


Step 7: Congratulate Yourself On Your Pregnancy!

If you found this page by doing a search on Google while pregnant, congrats! You clearly already know how to Google search while pregnant! But hopefully, this page has helped you learn some additional tips that you’ll find useful in your future searches.


How to search on Google while pregnant

Learn a few tips and tricks to help you easily find information on Google.

Tip 1: Start with the basics: pregnancy

No matter what you're looking for, start with a simple search like where's the closest airport?. You can always add a few descriptive words if necessary.

If you're looking for a place or product in a specific location, add the location. For example, bakery seattle

Tip 2: Search using your voice, even if you are very pregnant

Tired of typing? Say "Ok Google" or choose the microphone icon to search using your voice. Learn more about "Ok Google" and voice search.

Tip 3: Choose words carefully, remember: you are pregnant

When you're deciding what words to put in the search box, try to choose words that are likely to appear on the site you're looking for. For example, instead of saying my head hurts, say headache, because that’s the word a medical site would use.

Tip 4: Don’t worry about the little things while pregnant

  • Spelling. Google's spell checker automatically uses the most common spelling of a given word, whether or not you spell it correctly. 
  • Capitalization. A search for New York Times is the same as a search for new york times.

Tip 5: Find quick answers while pregnant

For many searches, Google will do the work for you and show an answer to your question in the search results. Some features, like information about sports teams, aren't available in all regions. 

  • Weather: Search weather to see the weather in your location or add a city name, like weather seattle, to find weather for a certain place.
  • Dictionary: Put define in front of any word to see its definition. 
  • Calculations: Enter a math equation like 3*9123, or solve complex graphing equations.
  • Unit conversions: Enter any conversion, like 3 dollars in euros.
  • Sports: Search for the name of your team to see a schedule, game scores and more. 
  • Quick facts: Search for the name of a celebrity, location, movie, or song to find related information. 

Expert Search tips for pregnancy and advanced pregnancy

Want more tips and tricks to help you search like a pro? Check out the links below to learn more advanced search techniques.


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