The good news about pregnancy is that lots and lots of women are going through it or have gone through it. You are by no means alone. Talking with other moms or pregnant women can help you feel less anxious and can offer important connections. The nurses, midwives, or physicians at your health-care provider can also offer support and information.
There are lots of ways to get in touch with other pregnant women, if you are interested. Joining a prenatal exercise or yoga class can help you get to know other pregnant women in your area. When you take your childbirth education class, you will meet other women who have due dates close to yours. Since you are all roughly at the same stage of pregnancy, you can go through it all together and learn from and support each other.
Many women find support online. There are myriad bulletin boards and listservs for pregnant moms. You can join due-date clubs, where all the women on a board or list are due in the same month. Many of these lists stay together for years, as the women support each other through different stages of motherhood. There are also many boards and lists for particular interests — over 35, plus-size, pregnant again after a loss, gestational diabetes, and so on.
Don't forget to rely on your partner, family, and friends for support. Although they may not be going through a pregnancy, they love you and are there to listen and help you. Your health-care provider's staff is not only very educated about pregnancy but also very interested in helping women through all aspects of it. There is sure to be someone there who can help you with almost any problem.
How do I find online pregnancy support groups?
One good place to start is