Whether you’re a first time mom or a seasoned vet there are times when we need help during our pregnancies. Times when we just don’t know why we’re experiencing a certain symptom or want to make sure everything is normal without consulting a doctor. Let’s face it doctors have business hours for a reason. Could you imagine having a hysterical pregnant woman calling you all hours of the night to find out if it’s ok to eat a cold cut sandwich (among other crazy things)?! I’ve found two resources that have helped me through this pregnancy and my last I’d like to share them with you.
My first go to resource for all things pregnancy would be the book What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Edition. Yes, I know it’s a little cliché but what can I say, it’s very informative and comforting. It covers you from conception to 6 weeks postpartum. It gives you a week-by-week, month-by-month update. I like that it doesn’t sugar coat anything, it gives you the good, bad and the really ugly. So instead of sitting up at night counting the hours until your doctor’s office opens, reach for the book. I guarantee you’ll get most of your questions answered that way. Not to say this book is a replacement for medical advice. It’s just a resource.
My second go to is the web site The Bump. It’s like social media for pregnant chicks. You’re able to create your own profile, connect with moms in your area and get weekly updates about your growing baby sent to your email. There’s a really handy checklist of all the things that you should be doing week to week. I really enjoy all of the articles the site has to offer. So when I’m not reading What to Expect, I’m on The Bump.
I hope that someone out there finds these resources helpful. Being pregnant can be a really stressful time and we can always use some help.