Sign up, enter your due date and get weekly updates on the development of you and bub – with just enough detail to keep you informed without bamboozling you with the biology. There’s a very informative (and often highly amusing) community forum to answer those questions you daren’t ask for fear of looking like a wally, and the official articles are informative and to-the-point. A loyal site, it sticks with you after your child is born, giving advice on feeding, sleeping, potty-training and so on. A brilliant resource.
Colourful, clear and concise, this is a fab site giving great advice while not taking itself, or the whole pregnancy palaver, too seriously. It deals with issues such as miscarriage in a sensitive and comforting manner while answering all the common questions. If you’re keen for the ins and outs, so to speak, sign up to view members’ birth stories, or simply check out the ‘ask the expert’ search engine.
A funky site, great for Antipodean mums-to-be who will feel at home with its local feel. Zip past the local community areas and the info hubs are well laid out, clear and packed with useful information on topics from the importance of finding the right maternity bra, to games to play with babies, to infant safety. We love the reviews where parents post their honest, no-frills advice on everything from pushchairs to breast pumps.
The website for US magazine Fit Pregnancy, this glam, bright site focuses strongly on fitness, nutrition and style. Create your own calendar and receive a week-by-week guide to your pregnancy and your baby’s development, as well as newsletters tailored to your fitness preferences (although we couldn’t see one for lying on the couch munching on HobNobs).
A hip site with great topical articles, as well as quirky but useful advice for yummy mummies on, for example, the most flattering photo poses and how to choose maternity jeans. It initially looks light on medical facts, but with an A-Z on getting pregnant, pregnancy, labour and beyond, there’s plenty of serious stuff buried in there too.
Books for bump
Bamboozled by the bulging ‘pregnancy’ book shelves? Read on...
You can’t possibly read ‘em all (and you’ll no doubt end up very confused if you do), but if you buy one book for your pregnancy, make it What to Expect when you’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. Straightforward, sensible and packed full of sound advice, it’s a month-by-month manual to guide you through your pregnancy with really useful and comforting ‘what you may be wondering about’ sections covering common queries and concerns. Shop around, as there are UK and US editions and trimester terminology can vary.
Dhs65, from major book stores and Destination Maternity
Don’t get too hung up on all the gory details. Give yourself a giggle with some lighter reading. Here are two of our favourites...
The Bloke’s Guide to Pregnancy by Jon Smith
With few resources out there for dads-to-be, we love this amusing yet helpful ‘tell-it-as-it-is’ tome. Based on interviews with blokes who lived to tell the tale, the real-life stories and straight-talking advice in bite-size chunks will help chaps understand their partners’ hormones, cravings and even loss of libido.
Dhs59, major book stores
From Here to Maternity by Mel Giedroyc
With the author one half of the comedy duo Mel and Sue, this memoir of Mel’s nine-month spiral towards motherhood is a funny, down-to-earth and insightful narrative of events leading up to the birth of a first baby. It covers everything from the good, the bad to the hilariously ugly and is an antidote to the wholesome, oh-so-serious and often smug range of pregnant literature on the shelves.
Dhs46, major book stores