When I was pregnant with my first son, I was the first of my friends to become pregnant. The internet wasn’t what it is today, and since I was pregnant in 1999, the only information I could get seemed to be on millenium babies. I read Mothering magazine along with the more mainstream pregnancy magazines, read “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, hired a CNM, signed up for a childbirth class (that was woefully inadequate), and figured I had my bases covered. I was sooooo unprepared.
I have a friend who my cousin Susan (I have to start doing this) is newly pregnant. I referred her to the Childbirth Connection, the Lamaze Health birth practices, and the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services. I wanted her to have sites with comprehensive, general information about all the major aspects of physiological pregnancy and birth.
I also directed her towards my blog roll, but I warned her that blogs tend to be more focused, current, and geared toward activists, not moms to be.
Any other suggestions? What do you recommend to a newly pregnant first time mom?