Resources

Pregnancy and Parenting:

  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel, and Charles J. Lockwood – Filled with the most up-to-date information reflecting not only what's new in pregnancy, but what's relevant to pregnant women; detailed week-by-week fetal development section in each of the monthly chapters; covering pregnancy matters practical, physical, emotional, nutritional, and sexual, as well as much more support for that very important partner in parenting, the dad-to-be.
    Website: http://www.whattoexpect.com/what-to-expect/landing-page.aspx
  • BabyCenter – Developmental e-newsletter from pregnancy through young childhood, connect with other parents, additional resources such as articles and expert advice on pregnancy, babies, toddlers, preschoolers and big kids
  • March of Dimes - dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. They carry out this mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies' lives. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, low birthweight.
  • Planned Parenthood has a new initiative, Green Choices, which provides information to help parents make choices for better health and a greener environment. On their site, you will find downloadable sheets on a variety of topics - cleaning products, fish, lead, personal care products, pesticides, plastic and more.
  • Women's Health.gov – A list of pregnancy resources provided by The National Women’s Health Information Center which provides tips for each stage of your pregnancy as well as on how to prepare for parenthood. Also includes relevant news articles, information about Health Reform, and information in Spanish.

 

Tips for Dads:

  • Dad’s Pregnant too! By Harlan Cohen - From the first positive test, to the first time seducing your pregnant partner, to the first push, to the first week home following the birth, Dad's Pregnant Too! exposes and explores everything an expectant dad needs to know (but no one ever tells him). Dad's Pregnant Too! is the most comprehensive guide to help expectant fathers understand their partners, themselves, and what's really going on inside her belly.
  • National Center for Fathering – free resources to dads in nearly every fathering situation
  • GreatDad.com – Information and advice for Dads from pregnancy through childhood from the male perspective

 

Nutrition:

  • General Nutrition Information
  • Recipes – www.diabetes.org or www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov
  • Your 9-Month Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Date! A Guide to Healthful Eating During Pregnancy by Maggie McHugh and Ellen Burggraf – What foods should I eat? What foods should I limit? How much of which foods should I eat? This guide provides answers to these questions and more in an easy to read format. The goal is to help you understand the best way to take care of yourself and your unborn baby through nutrition...not to cause aggravation and anxiety! Following the tips offered throughout this book will not only help during pregnancy, but will also promote postpartum weight loss
  • Choose My Plate Nutrition guidance for adults, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children
  • Lifecycle Nutrition – Provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Lifecycle Nutrition for Pregnancy page offers information about healthy nutrition during and after pregnancy, including healthy eating, breastfeeding, nutritional supplements, as well as links to additional information.
  • EllynSatter.com – Explains the division of responsibility for feeding and activity between parent and child, monthly e-newsletter on eating and feeding
  • BabyFit by SparkPeople.com – Connect with other moms, get expert advice, health articles, recipes, customized meal plans and fitness plans

 

Baby and Mom’s Environment:

  • Raising Baby Green by Alan Greene – In this illustrated and easy-to-use guide, noted pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene advises parents how to make healthy green choices for pregnancy, childbirth, and baby care. Consumer advocate Jeanette Pavini includes information for making smart choices and applying green principles to a whole new universe of products from zero-VOC paints for the nursery, to pure and gentle lotions for baby’s delicate skin, to the eco-friendly diapers now in the marketplace, as well as specific recommendations for hundreds of other products.
  • Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 5th Edition: Birth to Age 5 by American Academy of Pediatrics - From the most respected organization on child health comes this essential resource for all parents who want to provide the very best care for their children. Here is the one guide pediatricians routinely recommend and parents can safely trust, covering everything from preparing for childbirth to toilet training to nurturing your child’s self-esteem. Whether it’s resolving common childhood health problems or detailed instructions for coping with emergency medical situations, Caring for Your Baby and Young Childhas everything you need.
  • Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan - Explains how to make and use environmentally friendly and inexpensive household cleaners out of everyday ingredients, offering advice on how to do everything from cleaning the oven to unclogging the sink
  • Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment - dedicated to creating a healthier environment for human reproduction and development by advancing scientific inquiry, clinical care and health policies that prevent exposures to harmful chemicals in our environment
  • DrGreene.com – Medical information and guidance to help families stay healthy and safe; by addressing the connection between the health of our children and the health of the environment, we strive to make a difference for both
  • Safer Chemicals Healthy Families - a nationwide effort to pass smart federal policies that protect us from toxic chemicals. "Like" Safer Chemicals on Facebook to receive their informative posts.
  • Environmental Working Group - The mission of EWG is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG specializes in providing useful resources (like Skin Deep and EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides™) to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change.
  • Healthy Child Healthy World - a nonprofit that inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals. They are leading a movement that educates parents, supports protective policies, and engages communities to make responsible decisions, simple everyday choices, and well-informed lifestyle improvements to create healthy environments where children and families can flourish. "Like" Healthy Child Healthy World on Facebook to receive their informative posts.
  • HealthyStuff.org - researching toxic chemicals in everyday products; provides database of test results for more than 5,000 common items (children's products, toys, apparel, pet products, cars, apparel and accessories) reporting on lead, cadmium, chlorine, arsenic, bromine, and mercury