Pregnancy presents with a wide array of emotions that come and go throughout the long, 40 weeks before you give birth. Most women have lots of questions, get oh-so-much unsolicited advice, and sometimes feel super anxious over the many dos and don’ts, strange symptoms, and nagging is this normal? feeling.
With all these emotions going around, Google can quickly turn from a helpful friend to a downright enemy. After all, the internet can be a scary place filled with unreliable information and alarmist message boards.
To help, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite websites all pregnant women should know about, from general advice and milestone tracking, to shopping and beyond. (We recommend bookmarking them to avoid a future Google spiral!)
Mother to Baby
Ever wish you had experts on hand that could help clarify any questions you have regarding exposures, cosmetics, or medications? Well, now you do. A service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), Mother to Baby provides access to evidence-based information with experts available to answer your questions via email, chat, text and phone. (Talk about convenient!) Doctors often refer pregnant women to this site—the helpful fact sheets help to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about exposures and medications during both pregnancy and breastfeeding. Keep this site handy for any questions from cleaning products to manicures, medicines and more!
What to Expect
Having evolved from the trusty book that many of our own moms relied on through their pregnancies, this site offers week-by-week tracking and expert advice and articles on all things pregnancy related. Not only a site for pregnant women, you can rely on this site to also help with childcare and parenting information, covering everything from breastfeeding to developmental milestones, discipline and potty training.
Even though maternity fashion has come quite a long way in the last few years, it’s still no fun to shell out tons of dough for clothing you know you’ll only need over the next few months. Thankfully, ThredUP can help you recycle your maternity clothes, and make back some of your hard-earned cash. Calling itself “not your typical thrift store,” the service is the largest online secondhand shopping destination with a special section dedicated to maternity. When it’s time to part with your elastic waistbands and flowy tops, you can rest assured knowing they’re on their way to a good home, and you’ll have some cash back in your wallet.
Some things just can’t (and shouldn’t) be found with a simple Google search, and newborn care classes are certainly one of them. Thanks to Pulling Curls, you can take online prenatal classes for couples created by a labor and delivery nurse who is ACLS, NRP and AWHONN fetal monitoring certified. With three children of her own, you can be sure that the classes are presented by a qualified professional, and fit it in to your busy schedule.
Much more than just a handy (and fun) app to track your pregnancy milestones, the full Baby Center website offers videos, information, message boards and “birth clubs,” as well as parenting advice. The Expert Advice and Community pages offer both insight from medical professionals as well as message boards and communities for moms-to-be to share concerns, fears, support, and experiences. Think of it as a coffee club for preggos, without having to leave your couch.
See more: Demystifying Pregnancy: Fact vs. Fiction
Evidence Based Birth
In the world of pregnancy, truth and evidence matter most. Enter, Evidence Based Birth, a site created by Rebecca Dekker, Ph.D., who is also a mother and nurse researcher. The site’s manifesto includes the belief that everyone has the right to the highest standard of childbirth care and presents non-biased, evidence-based information. With plentiful resources for both parents and professionals, their blog also curates information on hot topics such as the uses of massage and hypnosis for pain relief during labor, everything you wanted to know about fetal monitoring, epidurals, and more.