Congratulations: you’re going to be a mom! Chances are you’re experiencing a rainbow of emotions, from elation and anticipation to fear and uncertainty. Thankfully, this is totally normal—and nearly every mom out there has been in the same boat.
Because so many amazing mamas have been where you are, there are a plethora of resources available online to help calm your nerves, offer advice, and even make you feel a little less crazy as you traverse the bumpy road of motherhood. Here are our favorite 5 online resources for moms.
1. “Momsplaining” video series, because we all need a little humor
Motherhood can feel like a rollercoaster of emotions—and bringing a little levity to the experience is a great way to step back and enjoy the ride. That’s why we love actress Kristen Bell’s “Momsplaining” videos, which tackle important topics for moms and moms-to-be with Bell’s unique brand of earnestness and humor.
The series covers everything from common pregnancy questions to which baby products you should purchase or pass on. And while you may already be in-the-know on most of the topics, it’s nice to be reminded that the things you’re experiencing or feeling are totally normal (and to be able to laugh about them).
2. The Honest Company for safe, quality products at an affordable price
Being a parent has gotten pretty tricky as we become more informed about what kids need to be happy and healthy. With so many products out there claiming to be right for your baby, sorting through which ones are ideal—and which are best avoided—is a challenge. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had someone to sort it all out for you, while also considering your budget?
Enter The Honest Company, developed by Jessica Alba to provide safe, effective products for children. In addition to focusing their products on wellness for children and parents alike, Honest donates products and volunteers time to support children and families in need—so you can be glad knowing purchasing products you need helps others.
As an added bonus to using products you know will be safe for your children, the Honest Bundles subscription boxes are a convenient, cost-effective way to get what you need delivered right to your home.
3. The Rookie Moms blog offers advice from ladies who know exactly what you’re dealing with
The phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” can feel a little outdated in the always connected yet also isolating world most of us operate in. Lucky for us, the Rookie Moms community is breathing life back into the idea—and moms everywhere can learn and connect over parenting.
Whether you’ve only just learned you’re pregnant or have a house full of kids of all ages, Rookie Moms likely has something to help you learn or feel uplifted as you navigate parenthood. As an added bonus, their site is organized by child age, topics, and products, so you can get right to what you’re looking for without having to peruse content that’s irrelevant to your situation.
4. Get food & fitness inspo with @buddhabowlsandburpees and @diaryofafitmommyofficial
Finding time to tend to your own health and fitness isn’t easy once little ones enter the picture. At the same time, there’s the emotional challenge of getting used to your changed body while being inundated by images of celebrity moms’ perfect post-pregnancy physiques (which are most often the result of having a personal trainer, nutritionist, and round-the-clock child care—not to mention photo retouching!).
If you’re tired of all that and looking for down-to-earth tips on making healthy choices for yourself or your kids, check out these awesome and relatable moms on Instagram.
@diaryofafitmommyofficial is run by Sia Cooper, a certified personal trainer and all-around inspiring woman. In addition to offering great advice, meal plans, and some serious #fitnessgoals, Sia is also completely open about her struggles, up and down emotions surrounding her body and role as a mother, and both her fails and successes.
If you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to Michelle Gindi’s @buddhabowlsandburpees. As a certified health coach, Michelle serves up some seriously delicious-looking, good-for-you meals, along with advice on how to tackle meal prepping, school lunches, and weeknight dinners like a pro—and like Sia, she’s not afraid to open up about her insecurities.
5. “What to Expect After You’re Done Expecting” for a candid tell-all of what your body goes through
When it comes to motherhood, unrealistic representations in the media leave many new mothers without a clear picture of what is really going to happen during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first few months (or even years) of motherhood. The truth is, it’s not always a glowing, magical experience—particularly when it comes to your own body and overall wellness.
That’s why Dr. Parker put together the book, “What to Expect After You’re Done Expecting: Your guide to all the
wonderful weird things having a baby does to your body.” This head-to-toe guide covers everything from breast and body changes to humorous historical anecdotes and offers plenty of candid intel for new moms. The book is free and can be downloaded here.
What resources do you rely on as a parent? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!