Pregnancy and parenting can be daunting, to say the least, and navigating the wealth of information online is overwhelming. These top-notch blogs provide insight, humor, and perspective on everything you’ve ever wondered about pregnancy — and some things you never even thought to consider.
An inclusive community for mamas and mamas-to-be, Rookie Moms is designed to be a resource for women during pregnancy, the preschool years, and beyond. With 12 years’ experience helping hundreds of thousands of moms, the site’s areas of expertise range from the best in baby gear to staying sane as a new parent. This is a great source for those looking to fully embrace #MomLife.
Who said motherhood doesn’t come with a manual? Motherly is a modern lifestyle brand with a distinct voice that aims to send expert ideas and mom-to-mom inspiration to women exactly when they need it. Aimed at style-savvy millennial moms, the site features personalized week-by-week guides, an original video series, and a podcast featuring honest conversations with some of the world’s most interesting mothers.
Run by childbirth educator and YouTuber Genevieve Howland, author of “The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth,” Mama Natural features videos and articles on natural childbirth, healthy eating, and breastfeeding. Boasting more than 2 million visitors each month, the blog also provides evidence-based resources, tools, and inspiration for every trimester. It’s also medically reviewed by their team of certified nurse midwives.
Moms and moms-to-be interested in a holistic approach will find lots to browse here. Mother Rising’s mission is to help women have a more informative, empowering, and compassionate journey to motherhood. Founded by Lindsey VanAlstyne, a doula, childbirth educator, and mother of three, the holistic pregnancy blog caters to women interested in healthy pregnancy, natural childbirth, and a happy postpartum.
The Birth Hour, a birth story podcast, operates on the premise that hearing real birth stories is the first step to feeling prepared and empowered. Supplemented by a blog, online resources, and courses, The Birth Hour addresses birth stories but also pregnancy and postpartum struggles and triumphs by talking to real women about their unique paths to motherhood.
The focus of Plus Size Birth is empowerment. The blog shares a collection of birth stories, helpful resources, and evidence-based information to help mothers tap into positive plus-size pregnancy support —an area that founder Jen McLellan recognized was underrepresented in the mommy blogging community. The “My Plus Size Pregnancy Guide” and the Plus Mommy Podcast — featuring body positive activists, writers, actors, birth professionals, and moms — are additional resources for helping plus-size moms feel less alone.
The blog that keeps pregnancy “sunny side up,” Pregnant Chicken covers it all — with pages dedicated to each trimester and an in-depth tools and resources index. In addition to sections on everything from breastfeeding to mental health, the site also offers a weekly newsletter and gift guides. Expectant and new parents who want advice and information in a realistic and friendly tone will find it here.
Backed by an extensive network of contributors, the team at CafeMom seeks to share stories that satisfy a demand: to laugh, to connect, to commiserate, or to get smart advice you’ve never heard before. The site boasts a mix of news articles and features on parenting, lifestyle, and entertainment. It also has a mom support section with advice from experts and moms who’ve been there.
Giving Birth with Confidence is a Lamaze blog “for real women sharing stories, finding answers, and supporting each other.” The site, created by the nonprofit Lamaze International, is an online community for timely and appealing stories, articles, and tips related to pregnancy, birth, and parenting. Their goal is to bring women together with other moms, Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educators, and knowledgeable experts.
Offering interactive tools, personalized advice, and an app, The Bump is not your mom’s baby blog. Geared toward first-time millennial parents, the site gives the lowdown on fertility, pregnancy, birth, and babies with stage-by-stage content, expert advice, breaking news, and style inspiration. It even has product research tools to help you start your baby registry.
Isabel Kallman started Alpha Mom because motherhood is not a natural instinct for many women. Moms and moms-to-be who don’t believe in a perfect mom style will find inspiration and a few laughs here. With nonjudgmental support and advice from other moms and parenting professionals, the pregnancy and parenting resources aim to help women embrace motherhood with confidence and encourage community members to learn from one another.
Looking for a girlfriend-to-girlfriend dish on all things pregnancy and baby? You’ll find it in Pregnancy & Newborn. This is a print magazine and online community that embraces the trials and triumphs of motherhood and looks to cheer you on every step of the way. In addition to parenting tips and advice on prenatal care, the site also offers regular product giveaways.
The content of Pregnancy’s monthly magazine is available online. This includes the comprehensive Buyer’s Guide, which has recommendations on products in 15 major categories, like strollers, car seats, and carriers. The site covers everything from pregnancy and labor to swaddling and breastfeeding. The Your Pregnancy Week by Week app has all the info you need to know in one place.
Based on the best-selling “What to Expect” book series, the digital platform follows a simple mission: “Support happy, healthy pregnancies and happy, healthy babies.” All of the content on the site and app is written by experts and is medically reviewed. What to Expect offers must-have information, support, and community for every step of the parenting journey — from preconception to the baby years and beyond.
Run by midwife, mother, and blogger Jenny Lord, Midwife & Life is dedicated to supporting you through pregnancy and beyond the birth plan. The blog covers a wide variety of subjects, including pregnancy and parenting, Jenny’s family life, product and service reviews, blogging support, and advice tailored to parent bloggers.
The digital version of the U.K.’s popular Gurgle magazine, the blog features fashion must-haves, celebrities, beauty, food and nutrition, as well as the typical great advice on pregnancy and parenting tips. Stories tackle topics of interest — from before conception to parenting a newborn — and the Editor’s Picks address complex issues, including fertility, safety and health.
Catering to those seeking simplicity, My Baba branches out from pregnancy and parenting to include a lengthy lifestyle section that dives deep into the world of baby fashion, arts and crafts, and family-friendly travel options. A weekly newsletter for My Baba VIPs also offers the latest advice, product reviews, and exclusive discount codes.
Mater mea was created in 2012 with a specific audience in mind: women of color at the intersection of motherhood and career. The blog utilizes photo-driven features on women and motherhood stories that get real about the work-life juggle and speak to the modern black woman. By presenting a more realistic narrative of black motherhood, mater mea seeks to open the “Can women have it all?” conversation to women of color.
What started as a way to help pregnant women save money on everything baby-related has turned into a supportive blog that shares content related to pregnancy, babies, toddlers, motherhood, and sticking to a budget. The helpful tips for motherhood include the best baby freebies and everything you need to know about baby registries.
Founded and named after Nina Spears, the Baby Chick is a continuation of Nina’s work as an educator in all things baby. The team behind the site believes in celebrating this time in a woman’s life and supporting each mother through her parenting journey with helpful information on birth, postpartum support, and products.
Run by fitness blogger and personal trainer Deanna Schober, Fit to Be Pregnant started as a way for Deanna to document her own pregnancy. The site grew to a community of women looking for the most up-to-date information on exercise and nutrition during pregnancy, postpartum recovery and weight loss, and breastfeeding. In addition to 12 simple steps to a fit and healthy pregnancy, the blog also provides at-home workouts, meal plans, and meditation guidelines.
Part of the Meredith Corporation, Fit Pregnancy and Baby has the inside line on how celebrities tackle pregnancy, the latest style trends, plus advice for keeping a newborn happy and healthy while staying happy and healthy yourself. Millennial moms who are the same smart, stylish people they’ve always been — just with a bump — will connect with the blog’s contemporary approach.
The advocacy and awareness group March of Dimes produced this blog covering topics on pre-pregnancy and prenatal care, pregnancy complications, and premature birth. It also touches on caring for your baby and hot topics in the news that affect moms and babies.
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Jen Thomas is a journalist and media strategist based in San Francisco. When she’s not dreaming of new places to visit and photograph, she can be found around the Bay Area struggling to wrangle her blind Jack Russell terrier or looking lost because she insists on walking everywhere. Jen is also a competitive Ultimate Frisbee player, a decent rock climber, a lapsed runner, and an aspiring aerial performer.