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When you’re pregnant, your growing child (and the multitude of ways they affect your body) is on your mind 24/7, particularly if it’s your first time. You buy all the books, visit all the websites, and watch pregnancy shows as if your life depends on it.
The need for new moms to identify with the other women who have gone before them, to know what’s happening to their babies and their bodies, is as old as time. And with the Internet, we have yet another resource, albeit a nearly unlimited and sometimes overwhelming one. So we’ve combed through all of the pregnancy blogs to bring you the very best of 2016.
Alpha Mom may have begun as a humble blog, but it has evolved into something much bigger. Their pregnancy section features an array of helpful tips, advice for women who have had “surprise” pregnancies, information on trends like hot yoga and whether or not they are safe, and product reviews. What we like best: the extremely active community that follows Alpha Mom, making the comments under each post a worthy read unto themselves.
Tweet them: @alphamom
Baby Making Machine
Jennifer Borget is a broadcast journalist and mother of two. She started Baby Making Machine before having her first child, when being a mother was simply an aspiration. Now that she’s successfully navigated two pregnancies, she continues blogging about all things pregnancy and motherhood. We love all of her photos, along with her compelling writing style.
Tweet Jennifer: @JenniferBorget
Bellyitch is like the People magazine of pregnancy blogs. You’ll find celebrity news and fashion, personal stories, and tips and tricks for new and expecting parents. We like the mixture of content, giveaways, and product reviews. It’s got just the right amount of useful information, mixed with tantalizing celebrity gossip.
Tweet them: @Bellyitch
Birth Without Fear
Giving birth can be a time for anxieties, worry, and yes, even fear. But it doesn’t have to be. January Harshe is the woman behind Birth Without Fear, and as a mother of six children, she knows a few things about childbearing. The blog began in 2010 and has evolved into a large community of supportive mothers from varied backgrounds. You’ll find personal narratives, including inspiring birth stories that touch your heart.
Tweet them: @BWFBlog
To call The Bump “well-known” would be an understatement. Even nonparents and people uninterested in pregnancy have heard of this blog, which has numerous contributors and an active community of followers. There are tools, articles, groups to join, and quizzes. If you’ve got a few hours to burn and love all things pregnancy, this is the place to spend them.
Tweet them: @thebump
Celebrity Baby Scoop
Hollywood baby gossip is fast becoming a major genre of entertainment journalism. Celebrity Baby Scoop tracks expecting stars, their journeys through pregnancy, and their welcoming of new arrivals. We like checking out the photos — where high-end fashion meets maternity wear. You’ll also find giveaways and a special section devoted to the royals.
Tweet them: @celeb_babyscoop
Fearless Formula Feeders
How you choose to feed your infant is just one of many important decisions you make as a new parent. For those who pick formula, there can be a bit of backlash. Suzanne Barston felt that backlash herself when she faced challenges breast-feeding her baby. So, she started Fearless Formula Feeders, or FFF. Now the blog and the community behind it represent formula-feeding parents around the world, from 40 different countries.
Tweet her: @FormulaFeeder
The human body is an amazing thing, working to create a child and keeping them healthy as they grow. But keeping mom healthy during pregnancy is not effortless work, and that’s where FitPregnancy can help. From the right foods to the best exercises and activities, this blog is all things healthy. We particularly like the interactive slider that allows you to select where in your pregnancy you are and view articles specific to your baby’s and body’s progression.
Tweet them: @fitpregnancy
Giving Birth with Confidence
Whether you’re a parent or not, you’ve likely heard of Lamaze. Created by the nonprofit Lamaze International, this blog aspires to give women the support they need for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. The posts range from personal stories about how to prepare for an older sibling’s reaction to a new baby, to what the healthiest and most unhealthy snacks are, and covers everything from early days of pregnancy to recovering postpartum.
Tweet them: @LamazeOnline
I Like Beer and Babies
If you like to laugh, aren’t easily offended, and enjoy a brew, this blog may be the perfect one for you. The blogger behind I Like Beer and Babies is a wife, mother to two, and cat owner. Her posts range from advice to reflections, but always inject a fair dose of wicked humor. If you’re looking for a particularly good read, check out The Confessional, where readers submit their “sins” or their mommy mistakes and regrets.
Tired of trying to live up to ridiculous expectations of great parenting? Imperfect Parent speaks to people who know they make mistakes, embrace those mistakes, and love a good laugh. It was started in 2002 when the founders realized how many parenting blogs and websites were regurgitating much of the same information. They sought to provide something different: real life accounts and advice from imperfect parents.
Tweet them: @imperfectparent
New Moms Need
The March of Dimes is the largest nonprofit dedicated to the health of mothers and babies in the United States. New Moms Need is their blog designed to give new mothers all of the important information they’ll need before, during, and after pregnancy. Bloggers include both writers and health professionals. We like that the blog posts answer tough questions about maternal and infant health, and does it in an easy-to-understand way.
Amy Morrison started Pregnant Chicken in 2010 to help new parents through pregnancy and parenthood. Since then, the blog has done so well, she’s taken on others to help her in the endeavor. The blog’s goal? To keep pregnancy “sunny side up.” You’ll see just what that means by reading. The heartwarming stories mixed with humorous advice columns make Pregnant Chicken a joy to read.
Tweet Amy: @pregnantchicken
Nesting: the act of preparing your home for a new baby. It’s something all new parents do, and something Project Nursery can help with. If you’re looking to create a perfect room for baby, or even a perfect crib, this blog has pages and pages of inspiration, photos, and DIY projects. There are also numerous giveaways and product reviews.
Tweet them @projectnursery
When it comes to pregnancy and motherhood, the Stir is as comprehensive as it gets. Videos, articles, advice columns, and humor — you’ll find a wide array of pregnancy posts that are well-written, engaging, and informative. The site is also host to beauty tips, fun DIY and crafts projects, and even the latest celebrity news, making it a bit of a one-stop shop!
Tweet them: @The_Stir
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