Help can come from all directions when you're expecting, whether you like it or not. But, the great thing about pregnancy today is that so much credible and useful information—not to mention products—can be found at your fingertips via the Internet or cellphone. Check out these practical services:
- Wiser Pregnancy presents a combination of research data and current medical thinking on 600-plus prenatal situations on its easy-to-browse website. It also features peer-based information to let you know what thousands of other expectant moms, including docs, have done in similar situations. You can tailor your search to be as specific as you'd like (at no charge) and share information anonymously. The database is continuously updated, so you can find fresh facts every time you visit. —Maureen Healy
- Even though you're "just" gestating, pregnancy can be a hectic time, what with doctor's appointments, baby gear research and endless phone calls from people wanting updates. Sometimes a reminder can come in handy, especially when it comes to having the healthiest pregnancy possible. That's where Text4Baby comes in. This educational program, which is federally and privately sponsored, sends three messages per week to your cellphone, targeted to your exact stage of pregnancy and your baby's development. Need a reminder to get your flu shot? Can't remember how much folic acid you need? You're covered with Text4Baby! The program is even there for you during the first year of your baby's life. To register, text the word "baby" ("bebe" for the Spanish version) to 511411 or go to text4baby.org. —Carole Anderson Lucia
- Finding good-looking maternity clothes if you wear a large size no longer has to be such a challenge. Belly Dance Maternity offers fashionable and affordable styles for jeans, lingerie, swimwear and much more in sizes 12 to 20 from such companies as Paige Maternity, Ripe Maternity, NOM, Belabumbum, Ingrid & Isabel, Glamourmom and Noppies. —Kathryn McRitchie
Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.