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Pregnancy is often filled with a mix of intense emotions like excitement, fear, doubt, or love. For first pregnancies, every experience is novel. But since each pregnancy is unique, even seasoned moms may find themselves wrestling with unfamiliar feelings or uncertainties. They may just want to find other women going through similar experiences.
Thankfully, there are tons of women opening up about their transitions to motherhood. If nothing else, these bloggers let you know you’re not alone. Whether you’re feeling completely overwhelmed by selecting baby gear or wondering why your food choices are suddenly open to comments by strangers, these blogs have your back. Be sure to add these pregnancy blogs to your must-follow list.
Fearless Formula Feeder
Anyone who’s been pregnant recently has probably felt some pressure of “breast is best.” But breastfeeding looks a lot easier than many women find it. Suzanne Barston, author and former editor-in-chief of Los Angeles Family Magazine, found little-to-no support when she struggled to breastfeed her own child. She started this blog to stick up for women who formula-feed their babies. Visit her blog for judgment-free feeding advice and posts featuring essays, news, and studies.
Tweet her @formulafeeder
Celebrity Baby Scoop
For people who love celebrity gossip and babies, Celebrity Baby Scoop offers the best of both worlds. Posts detail stars’ parenting styles, glimpses into their lives, and new-baby news. Snapshots of cooking at home and snuggling with little ones are reminders that celebrities are mostly like us — even if we don’t all have a glamorous maternity photo shoot à la Beyoncé.
Tweet them @celeb_babyscoop
News Moms Need
News Moms Need is hosted by March of Dimes. They offer a wealth of pregnancy-related posts with info on serious medical conditions, awareness campaigns, and prenatal care advice. They also offer guidance about complications during pregnancy, premature births, and infant care. The site’s bloggers have experience in health education or disease management. Barbara has a master’s in health science, Sara is a genetic counselor, and Lauren is a certified lactation consultant. Check out their hot topics for important emerging news.
Follow them on Instagram @marchofdimes
Bellyitch is equal parts celebrity news and parenting posts. It’s published by JJ, a wife and mom of three. The site is geared for “tech-savvy, information-thirsty, informed and educated expectant, new and veteran parents.” Babies can be expensive. The product reviews, giveaways, and coupons the site offers help you watch your bottom line. Check out posts like essential items for your newborn, which point out where not to spend your money.
Tweet them @Bellyitch
As the name suggests, this blog wants to inspire you to make the most of every day. Founder Jennifer Borget is a journalist and mother. She posts about all things family, from pregnancy and spreading joy to cooking and homeschooling. Borget also shares thoughtful posts, like “30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me.” She dives into some sensitive but important issues as well, like interracial marriages and multiracial parenting. The positive vibes and sweet family photos are sure to lift your spirits.
Tweet her @JenniferBorget
Started by Amy Morrison in 2010, Pregnant Chicken aims to help other moms navigate pregnancy and new momdom. Posts range from fun to serious. Topics address anything from the grieving process for stillborn babies, musings on testing your baby’s name, and what not to say to a new mom. The creative — at times quirky — yet totally relevant articles will keep you reading.
Tweet them @pregnantchicken
One of the most common questions of pregnant women everywhere is whether their baby is healthy. Another one: Will I lose the baby weight? Fit Pregnancy can help with both of those. Their guidance starts from the very beginning with a preconception checklist and conception topics. Posts take you through pregnancy with prenatal workouts and nutrition. They go beyond pregnancy as well, with postnatal workouts, nutrition, and parenting posts. Enjoy learning how your baby is growing with their week-by-week guide to baby’s development.
Tweet them @fitpregnancy
Imperfect Parent tells it like it is with posts like “Doing Cartwheels When I See The School Bus Coming” and “This Mother’s Day I Want To Break Up With My Son.” The blog tackles serious topics like child abuse and depression but also includes lighter posts like humorous essays and their “Ask the Angry Baby” series. This blog is unafraid of tackling controversial news and political issues. Posts from the Imperfect Parent may help you navigate through some sensitive or important matters of the day.
Tweet them @imperfectparent
Cafe Mom celebrates the lighthearted, like photos of moms-to-be as Disney princesses. They also give voice to the somber, like a mom’s heartbreak after a high school refused to acknowledge her late daughter. Cafe Mom strives to reflect the “honest, gritty, funny, wise, practical and uplifting spirit” of motherhood. The topics they cover include parenting, lifestyle, and entertainment. Check out their news section to learn about important issues that may affect you, like the true impact of the childcare tax deduction and the best and worst states for women.
Tweet them @cafemom
Project Nursery was started by interior design enthusiasts Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio. This blog offers proof that the addition of baby doesn’t mean your house has to look like a crayon box exploded. From clever storage ideas and room tours to sharing your projects and their baby gear must-haves, there’s no shortage of decor inspiration for the design-conscious here. But their guidance doesn’t stop at the home. Visit the blog for tips on baby showers, recipes, and so much more.
Tweet them @projectnursery
The Bump not only publishes content but also has an active community of real pregnant women. You can look to The Bump for information and support on your entire momhood journey, from getting pregnant to raising your toddler. The week-by-week tracker will help you understand the changes you and baby are going through during your nine months of pregnancy and later with your newborn. Download their fertility, pregnancy, and parenting tools to stay on top of key milestones and developments.
Tweet them @thebump
Birth Without Fear
There’s one much-anticipated day a pregnant woman imagines for nine months. For many, it seems both terrifying and joyous: baby’s birthday. Having been through childbirth herself (six times!), January Harshe began her blog in 2010 to help educate women in their birthing options and to help support other women from conception through postpartum. Adding to the sense of community, many of Birth Without Fear’s (BWF) posts are from other mothers giving their birth stories. If the blog isn’t enough, connect in person at BWF events around the United States.
Follow them on Instagram @birthwithoutfear
Giving Birth with Confidence
Lamaze International is behind this online community. Giving Birth with Confidence is there to help women find support and understand the ins and outs of pregnancy and parenting. Their goal is to offer education and support to help promote healthy and safe pregnancies and deliveries. They also offer helpful information for new parents on issues like postpartum depression and resources for partners.
Tweet them @LamazeOnline
Not every aspect of motherhood is instinctual. New York-based Isabel Kallman gets that. She started Alpha Mom as a way to help new moms find their confidence by embracing different styles of parenting without judgement. It’s grown into a full family-oriented lifestyle publication, complete with postpartum, parenting, relationship, beauty, and even travel content.
Tweet her @AlphaMom
Pregnancy & Newborn
You might find yourself staring at their adorable stream of newborn baby pictures, but be sure to also check out this blog’s pregnancy and parenting advice as well as their product reviews. There are a few blogs housed here, including one from the rare dad’s perspective. Remember, you did the heavy lifting during pregnancy, but parenting is a big change for him, too! Check out Dad’s Eye View for insight into the other side of things.
Tweet them @pnmag
Very Well offers a crash course in everything from getting pregnant to feeding your baby. All posts are written by health professionals and experts in their fields. Posts are also checked by board-certified physicians. You know you can trust the information you’re reading here. Visit this blog for their pregnancy info, but explore further to learn more about general wellness, family, health care, specific conditions, or to use their tools.
Follow them on Instagram @verywell
As its name implies, Pregnancy Magazine covers everything related to pregnancy. They have helpful articles like the “Top 3 Mistakes That Ruin Newborn Sleep” and “How Soon Can I Get Pregnant After Being Pregnant ? if you’re eager to get started again. One nice bonus of this site is that they haven’t forgotten about Dad. There’s a special site just for him.
Tweet them @PregnancyMag
What to Expect
Heidi Murkoff saw a need for better answers and information when she was pregnant with her first child. She took action, writing the veritable “bible” for pregnancy, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Her blog, What to Expect, fosters a vibrant community. It offers content that covers every stage of pregnancy, from preconception to advice for the growing family. In the “Ask Heidi” series, Murkoff shares her own thoughts to answer reader questions, like whether or not to learn baby’s gender early.
Tweet her @WhatToExpect
Catherine is a journalist passionate about health, public policy, and women's rights. She writes on a range of nonfiction topics, from entrepreneurship to women's issues as well as fiction. Her work has appeared in Inc., Forbes, The Huffington Post, and other publications. She is a mom, wife, writer, artist, travel enthusiast, and lifelong student.