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Member Name: Katy_roberts85
Advantages: Wealth of information
Disadvantages: Focuses of negative aspects of pregnancy
Baby and bump is an online forum community designed as a support group for people at all stages of pregnancy.
There are a huge amount of different forums/discussion boards aimed at different stages of pregnancy from conception to delivery and taking care of newborns.
As a mummy to be it is so valuable to be able to log in and instantly have hundreds of other mummys to talk to, share experiences with and also share worries with. If you are concerned about something you can usually get an instant reply of reassurance from other people who have had the same problem and often offers of solutions.
You can start your own topics to ask questions and read all of the other threads. It's very simple to navigate. You can track posts you have replied to under the 'user CP' function which is great and you can unsubscribe from threads if you no longer want to track them. You can put cute little tickers on your signature and spend hours generally perusing baby related discussions! ( great for having people to talk to in those first few weeks before you announce your pregnancy!!)
Posters will often use acronyms which take a little getting used to: BFP, BFN, AF, DD etc but you easily get into the swing of the lingo!
However by virtue of the type of group there are a lot of women who are struggling to conceive or who have problems in pregnancy who turn to this group naturally for support. Therefore in my opinion it does seem like there is a higher amount than average of complications and problems being discussed which for a first time mummy can be quite daunting!
The boards are not heavily moderated so people on there will give their opinions freely and sometimes quite scathingly, it is worth remembering to take some responses with a pinch of salt as there are some very rude Opinionated people online as with all areas of life.
The website does offer links to articles which range from discussing baby names to lists of "must have items". Again this is useful information but worth beig sceptical as the site is afterall a business do people adverse heavily, their must have items are often unrealistic designer items than cost an arm and a leg!
Summary: Very active forum