Once I found out I was pregnant, I wanted to learn all I could about my pregnancy and taking care of a baby. I did a lot of searching for pregnancy information and good parenting websites. Looking back, I wasted a good bit of time weeding through information to find what I was looking for. So I decided to create a list of my top 20 resources for pregnancy and parenting to help others find that information more easily. I hope it helps and please pass this information along!
List of Resources for Pregnancy and Parenting:
1. What To Expect – Heidi Murkoff, author of the well known book What to Expect When You’re Expecting has a great website devoted to pregnancy and early parenting, and I found her week-by-week pregnancy tracker to be a great source of information for me when I was pregnant.
2. StorkNet Birth Stories – When I was pregnant I could not read enough birth stories. I wanted to read about all different types of birth experiences and I loved the wide variety of stories that people posted on StorkNet.
3. Parenting Community – Although I personally do not believe in everything I have read on the Parenting website, they do have a great community for just about every parenting situation. I found some great advice from other parents and being involved in an online community has been very encouraging for me.
4. WebMD Pregnancy Health – Whenever I had health questions during my pregnancy, I always found good information at WebMD. It also came in handy for my new mom paranoia questions.
5. American Pregnancy Association – This website has great information to help you plan and prepare for pregnancy, birth and your newborn baby.
6. WomensHealth.gov Pregnancy – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a special website dedicated to Women’s Health and gives a good bit of information for pregnancy, including government programs for pregnant and new moms.
7. La Leche League International – La Leche League is my favorite website for breastfeeding information and help. It has plenty of information and if you cannot find the answers to your breastfeeding problems, it can point you to someone who wouls be glad to help.
8. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) – I love the MOPS group and their support for mothers of all ages and stages. If you do not have a local community to get involved with, then you can find support from their online community.
9. Focus on the Family Christian Parenting – This website gives great advice, counseling and encouragement for raising good children in a healthy loving environment.
10.Husband Coached Natural Childbirth (Bradley Method) – I strongly support the Bradley method of childbirth and am so glad that my husband and I chose to learn those techniques for a natural delivery.
11.HypnoBirthing (Mongan Method) – This is another technique I considered for a natural childbirth, which involves total relaxation and self hypnosis.
12.Baby Center – I loved the wide variety of conception, pregnancy and parenting tools that I found here and sometimes I would browse around their forum while I was their.
13.Mothering – For a while I was addicted to the “Ask the Experts” section of this website, which lets you ask a child care specialist any question and browse the Q&A from other users. I still like to use it whenever I have an odd parenting question.
14.Kids Health – If you feel like you need a crash course in parenting, this website provides a good guide.
15.Breastfeeding.com – I found the Breastfeeding Q&A to be very helpful and supportive for breastfeeding moms who have questions, problems or concerns.
16.Cafe Mom – This online community is all about supporting mothers and giving them a voice. I just check in now and then, but some find it very helpful to stay involved in a community for moms.
17.New Parent – My favorite section of this website provides detailed articles on product recalls for parents.
18.Ask Dr. Sears – I am a big fan of Dr. Sears’ pediatric and parenting philosophies,which you may remember from my immunization article. His website is a great parenting resource from a pediatrician’s point-of-view.
19.Childbirth Connection – This article on Childbirth Connections has a comprehensive list of resources for pregnancy complications and issues.
20.FAMILY! I know it seems like I am cheating to have this as a resource, but I have found it to be so true. Family members that have children are the best people to go to for everyday advice because they know you and your situation best. I have been blessed with a wonderful family that has provided me with much need support through my pregnancy and parenting adventures.
Have you found a website to be extremely helpful that I did not mention? Please let me know of any good pregnancy / parenting resources I may have forgot.