Online Pregnancy Resources

In the Information Age, many mothers-to-be are turning to the Internet for tips, advice, and information about many aspects of pregnancy. It can be daunting to trudge through the many different sites, articles, and information out there in search of the best advice. Here are some top sites for pregnancy tips:

Parenting

This resource is a great place to start if you are considering having a baby, because of its extensive fertility section, which discusses how to know if you’re ready for a baby, the best methods for conception, and how to determine when you are fertile. For already pregnant couples, the site offers a pregnancy newsletter filled with tips and stories. Information on baby names, labor, relationships, post-birth sex, and recommendations for pregnancy-related products can also be found here.

 

PregnancyToday

This site offers information that’s broken down into each stage of pregnancy, from general information to trying to conceive to each trimester and postpartum issues. This site will help you prepare for all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, including financial preparation, selecting a physician, affects of pregnancy upon your relationship with your spouse, practicing healthy eating and exercise habits during pregnancy, and understanding fetal development.

This site also offers opportunities to chat with other parents, read pregnancy and birth stories, and read the blogs and diaries of the pregnancy experiences of others. You can join an online network of pregnant couples in order to offer each other support and advice.

Parenthood.com

This is a good next step after PregnancyToday, in that it focuses on preparing to care for and raise your child after your pregnancy is over, including topics such as encouraging healthy eating habits, supervising your child’s technology-related activities, and “Green” parenting. This site also posts recent childraising-related news including product recalls and effective parenting techniques.

Other Resources

To supplement your research, check out the following websites of organizations that are respected authorities on pregnancy- and childbirth-related issues. Remember that no information you find online should replace the personalized advice and guidance of your physician; these resources should be used for information purposes only, as you prepare to make the many decisions associated with pregnancy and parenting.

· American Academy of Pediatrics

· American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

· American Medical Association

· International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant Examiners

· International Certified Lactation Consultant Association

· La Leche League International

· March of Dimes

· National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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