The World Wide Web has some fantastic resources for pregnant women. With the click of a mouse, one can find out what to expect during each month of pregnancy, detailed information about fetal development, and get all kinds of support from an online community.

Pregnancy Tools and Resources

iVillage

iVillage has a pregnancy calculator, week-by-week pregnancy information, and a whole section with baby names for your new child. The comprehensive site has a plethora of information for new moms, touching on everything from maternity fashion to labor and delivery options, from fitness and nutrition, to Dad’s role in the process.

The pregnancy pages also include information on possible problems during pregnancy, including complications such as spotting, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes. There are message boards where readers can ask questions and help others along the way.

This is the first pregnancy website I ever used. It is amazing how many topics they cover! Some of the forums can be overwhelming; iVillage is a popular site and there are literally thousands of comments on forum threads.

The Healthy Belly

The Healthy Belly site focuses on natural health. It includes a pregnancy calculator, as well as an easily-accessible timeline of pregnancy at the top of the main page. Special tools on this site include an ovulation calculator, due date calculator, a baby name finder, a pregnancy checklist, and a “bump watch.” There’s even a “baby cost” calculator, though parents-to-be may want to skip over that feature! Educational videos by Dr. Robert Sears are a great asset to the resources found here.

The site also has its own shop with baby essentials, breast pumps, organic baby foods, toys and gift baskets.

Something I really appreciate about this site is how they provide a broader perspective of information on things like vaccines. Resources include links to an alternative vaccination schedule, and a video by Dr. Robert Sears explaining the issue of mercury in vaccines. Although it is acknowledged that breast feeding is best for babies, the site references formula as it discusses infant care.

Epregnancy

Epregnancy has a panel of experts, including a nurse/midwife/lactation consultant, an OB/GYN, and — get this — a mom and a dad.

Interesting features on this site include “A Pregnancy Guide For Men” and a “Complete Guide to Maternity Leave.” There’s also extensive information on baby names: popular names in 2009, predictions for 2010, advice about avoiding nicknames, and choosing middle names for your child.

The site includes member blogs and forums on a variety of pregnancy-related topics.

This site was easy to navigate. Major articles and features are placed next to a clear photo or icon, without too many titles and headings on one page.

American Pregnancy Association

The American Pregnancy Association’s website has a simple, clean format, with an index of subjects listed on the left side of the site’s home page. Information on prenatal testing, adoption, and even pregnancy prevention are included in the long list of resources.

The site includes recent pregnancy and reproductive news and research as well as an ovulation calendar, a pregnancy calendar, and information on paternity testing. There’s an impressive medical advisory committee, including faculty from Johns Hopkins and UCLA.

The APA site has a clean look, and is also very easy to read. There aren’t too many ads, and they’ve included an alphabetical index of links so readers can browse by subject.

5 Fantastic Things About Pregnancy Resource Websites

1. Most sites now include a section on infertility, with information and resources for women trying to conceive.

2. Many sites include a dad’s perspectives on expecting a child, and fatherhood.

3. Pregnancy prevention information is often included.

4. Online resources often link to the latest news and research on pregnancy and infant development.

5. Forums & Mom Blogs: If your best girlfriend isn’t available to help you with your most pressing concerns, you can usually find someone online who is willing to offer suggestions and support.