But it can also be an overwhelming place — full of contradictions, false claims, and stress-inducing statistics. Full of so much stuff to read and learn.
So I compiled 20 of my favorite Web sites for pregnant women to bookmark, including healthy resources, important mom blogs, money-saving sites, and the best baby gear advice.
Take a look:
reCrib 1 of 20An online marketplace where you can buy and sell "gently used baby and kids gear" — with some really amazing deals. Easier to use than eBay and a better selection than Craigs List, I'd keep this Web site bookmarked.
Check out reCrib.com
thredUP 2 of 20This is one of my faves for new parents to know and love. Buy like-new baby and kids clothes at fantastic prices (and you can easily see the condition of each item). And then when your baby outgrows them, recycle them back to threadUP for cash.
Check out thredUP
Let’s Panic 3 of 20Because sometimes pregnant women just need to laugh.
Check out the Let's Panic Web site and take their funny quizzes.
The Car Seat Lady 4 of 20Correct car seat usage is monumentally important, yet isn't as common as you'd think. Let "The Car Seat Ladies" — a team of nationally renowned car seat experts with 40+ years experience and 20,000+ car seat installations — demystify car seat installations and ensure your baby is as safe as possible.
Definitely check out their Tips & Tricks
Best for Babes Foundation 5 of 20Best for Babes is an incredible organization determined to "beat the booby traps" that sometimes prevent moms from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals — whatever those goals may be. They're not preachy; they're supportive. And that can make all the difference.
Read the Best for Babes Credo for more of their mission.
Kelly Mom 6 of 20If you're determined to breastfeed, Kelly Mom just might be the most comprehensive breastfeeding resource on the Web. Definitely bookmark this site for any and all questions that pop up during those first 6 to 8 weeks.
Check out Kelly Mom
Healthy Child Healthy World 7 of 20Healthy Child Healthy World is all about empowering parents to protect children from harmful chemicals. Chock full of resources and important information, this is a must-see site for new parents.
Check out Healthy Child Healthy World
The Baby Gear Guy 8 of 20Jamie Grayson (aka "The Baby Gear Guy") is the only male baby planner in the world — and he just might be the best, regardless of gender. (Think of him as like Rosie Pope, if Rosie Pope actually gave safe, reasonable, knowledgable advice.) Not only does Jamie have his own baby concierge business, and not only does he go on speaking engagements all over the country (including, hello, MARTHA!), but he's always giving product advice and parenting support through his popular Facebook and Twitter pages. He's definitely one to follow.
"Like" him on Facebook.
PhD in Parenting 9 of 20This is one of the smartest, most thought-provoking mom blogs out there, and she's built quite a community of smart, thought-provoking parents. I'd recommend following her on Facebook.
Read more about PhD in Parenting
The Feminist Breeder 10 of 20As an expecting mom, you could greatly benefit from The Feminist Breeder's background as a doula, childbirth educator, and birth activist. I'd recommend checking out her pregnancy resources page.
Read The Feminist Breeder
The Mini Social 11 of 20Score high-quality kids apparel and goods at a discounted price. (Note: There are approximately 2 gagillion flash sale sites directed at kids, but this is one of my faves to get you started.)
Also note: There's a new sale site called My Blue Birdie launching soon, and it just might blow them all away. Keep your eyes out for that one.
Buy from The Mini Social
A-List Mom 12 of 20Somehow A-List Mom always finds the coolest, most must-have products before anyone else.
Check out A-List Mom
Etsy 13 of 20You've probably already heard of Etsy.com — the biggest handmade community in existence — but, believe it or not, I hadn't during my pregnancy. And oh how I wish that wasn't the case. So if you don't already know about Etsy, now you do. You're welcome.
Here are the Best Baby Shops on Etsy!
Earth Mama Angel Baby 14 of 20Besides making some of the safest skincare products for babies and moms, Earth Mama Angel Baby has an extensive Reading Room (full of info. on pregnancy, toxins, breastfeeding, etc.), a blog, and their own newsletter.
(Fun Fact: The founder of EMAB is the mom of Kaitlin Olson from "Always Sunny in Philadelphia." True story!)
Check out Earth Mama Angel Baby
EWG Skin Deep 15 of 20Although we're sure Earth Mama Angel Baby products are safe and natural, it's not always so easy to tell just how safe skincare, cosmetics, and bath products are. Sadly just the label of "baby product" doesn't exclude the possibility of potentially dangerous chemicals. That's why I always check the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database, just for the peace of mind.
Search the Skin Deep database.
The Cribsie Awards 16 of 20If your head is reeling with registry items and product reviews, the Cribsie Awards is a great place to start. With over 80,000 votes cast (and a prestigious Cribsie Academy compiled of top industry experts), this is truly the ultimate "best-of-the-best" list of baby products for 2012.
See all of the 2012 Cribsie Award winners.
The Glow 17 of 20The Glow is a gorgeous new-ish Web site featuring stylish, inspiring moms who give their best secrets and recommendations — from one mom to another. If you thought motherhood was the end of ambition or style, then think again.
Check out The Glow
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March of Dimes 19 of 20It's impossible to predict whether or not you'll have a premature baby, in which March of Dimes can be invaluable. Yet this Web site is also full of incredible resources for pregnancy, delivery, and baby care.
Bookmark March of Dimes
Child Mode 20 of 20If you're compiling useful blogs and Web sites for moms, Child Mode has to be a part of that list. This award-winning blog is the ultimate resource in fashion, products, travel, and style. You'll love it.
Read more from Child Mode