Thursday, October 24, 2013

Best Websites and Blogs for Pregnancy

Today I thought I'd share some of my favorite pregnancy websites and blogs. Whether you're expecting or hope to be expecting someday, I hope this list helps you!

When I was pregnant with my first baby, I spent a lot of time browsing baby websites and pouring over weekly emails that would hit my inbox every Monday, detailing each magical (or not so magical) moment of pregnancy. With the second baby, I spent considerably less time on baby sites; and with number three, my time for reading up on trends and pregnancy tips has been almost non-existent. I realized how much I have forgotten (or blocked from my memory), so I made a goal to read up over the weekend...particularly on c-sections!

While these sites and blogs should never, ever be used in place of a doctor's guidance, here are some of my favorite go-to online spots for pregnancy info.:

This site is always my go-to spot. They have some great resources like a due date calculator, topics split up by trimester, nutrition tips, message boards for moms to connect with other moms in the same stage of pregnancy, you name it...they've got it! 

I always sign up for the weekly pregnancy email because it sends you a picture of what baby might look like during that particular week as well as growth updates and links to popular topics for that stage.

The child of the popular wedding website, The Knot, this is another fab online pregnancy hotspot. It is super easy to navigate and has tons of great information.

The What to Expect When You're Expecting book was my pregnancy "Bible" for my first time around, so I'm including the site on my list. Some people dislike the book because it can be a bit clinical and lists just about every "wow, this could go wrong" scenario. But I like details, so I appreciated it. 

I have the What to Expect app on my iPhone, and it is nice for reminding me how many weeks pregnant I am...and gives me some fun little details about baby's development for each week. Apparently, becoming pregnant with a third child has made me an awful mother who can't even remember how far along she is and often gets gestational age confused with the age of the puppy.

100% honesty...this site is a little bit "crunchy" for me as they focus a lot of home birth, no drugs, etc. But I really really appreciate that the editors do not condemn mom who choose to have a cesarean birth (or who have to for reasons beyond their control). The posts are made up of birth stories and photos from moms who write in. 

While not a traditional pregnancy site, I like browsing Target's site to see what's in style. I also loved registering with them. It's easy to do, you can update it online, and they give you a coupon for 10% off the items that are not purchased from your registry. I used the registry this time (and with Michaela Byrd) as my own personal "to-buy" list made of things I know I need. 

I haven't spent much time on this one, but I love the "best of" page. Lots of great reads!

Babble has some fun articles that are quick reads. 

Tips on nutrition, exercise, labor and delivery, and more!

Like Target, this one isn't really a traditional help site, but they do have some neat buying guides, which I linked to above.

This one's just great because everyone else does the work for you and rounds up inspiring photos and posts to check out. I have my own baby board that I add to. 

So these are just a few blogs and sites I rounded up for you. If you know of another, please feel free to leave a link in the comments section!

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