What to expect when you’re expecting…and beyond

April 4, 2013

Bump shotsWhat websites did you read when you were pregnant? Like most mums-to-be, I couldn’t get enough of information about the fruit size of my baby that week, what that strange feeling was, and finding out what spectacularly weird thing was going to happen next. I devoured all this during my commute to work (by the way, this isn’t a big surprise! reveal following on my post about not wanting a second baby just yet – stick with me).

One of the sites I always looked at was What to Expect when You’re Expecting, of course; it’s practically a pregnancy rite of passage, isn’t it? Although the information was plentiful enough to sate the appetite of any information-hungry pregnant lady, it was very US-focused. A lot of the fruit comparisons required a quick Google, and I was always baffled by all the references to intense power work-outs at the gym.

So in what will be welcome news to women across the country, the site has now launched a UK version, which you can find at www.whattoexpect.co.uk. As it’s a local version, there is UK-specific information, as well as groups and communities you can sign up to to chat to other mums / mums-to-be in your area.

If you are still at the TTC stage, there’s an ovulation calendar to help you work out the optimum times to, erm, do it. It would be great if they could put this on an app – as when I used one of these I had one on my phone, as I didn’t want the possible horrors of anyone overlooking it.

And what was really interesting to me was to find out that the site it doesn’t stop at the end of first year, but it also tracks your baby well into toddlerdom (you can either use the trackers on site, or sign up to receive regular emails).

You can follow the UK team on Twitter, as well as the Facebook page.


This competition has now closed – HOWEVER, you can enter my new one to win 5 x £25 photo printing vouchers here.

To celebrate the launch of the UK site, I’m running a prize giveaway where one reader can win a What to Expect UK goody bag (containing a signed copy of the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting, a DVD of the film version of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. and the What to Expect workout DVD).

To enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me one of your pregnancy cravings (or just say hi)
  • For an additional entry, ‘like’ the A Baby on Board Facebook page and leave a comment here telling me you’ve done it.

The winner will be picked at random from all entries. The competition will run until 11pm on Monday the 6th May. Good luck!

T&Cs as follows – 1) The prize giveaway will open at 2.30pm on 04.04.13 and close at 11pm on 06.05.13 2) The prize in total is one copy of the book of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, one copy of the film What to Expect When You’re Expecting on DVD, and one copy of the What to Expect workout on DVD. There will be one winner only. No cash or alternative prizes will be given 3) To enter you must leave a comment on this blog post, and include your email address. You can also gain an additional entry if you ‘like’ the A Baby on Board Facebook page 4) Winners will be picked at random from all entries 5) The winner will be notified via email by 10.05.13. Winners must reply by 15.05.13 or a new winner will be picked at random from the list 6) The winner will be announced on this site during May 7) I reserve the right to change the entry dates at any time, for any reason. Thanks!


  • ashleigh

    April 4, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Great giveaway – would love to win for my friend! I didnt really have any cravings apart from chocolate which i always seem to crave!!

  • Cath Joyce

    April 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I craved sausage rolls when I was pregnant.

  • Cath Joyce

    April 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I’ve liked your facebook page too.

  • Mum Reinvented

    April 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Like your FB page already 😉

  • Mum Reinvented

    April 4, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    When I was first pregnant all I could eat was spread cheese on toast, but when I started to feel better I craved greasy cheese burgers – the greasier the better!

  • Helen Dickinson

    April 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I craved crisps! I also loved the smell of bleach!

  • Helen Dickinson

    April 4, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I have liked you on Facebook as Helen Dickinson Annette

  • Lynsey Buchanan

    April 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Hi would you Please enter me in the competition

  • Martina Pichova

    April 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I have liked your Facebook page.

  • Martina Pichova

    April 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    When I was pregnant with my son, I fancied white meat and eggs and loved the smell of bacon even though I don’t eat red meat. I think it was my body telling me I needed more protein to build up the baby.


    April 6, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    My craving this week is bananas and cheese on toast ! Have also liked on facebook

  • claire woods

    April 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Didn’t have any cravings.

  • claire woods

    April 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    ‘like’ the A Baby on Board Facebook page – done as claire samuel

  • jodie B

    April 7, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Were trying to get pregnant at the moment, so I havent as yet experienced pregnancy cravings. Im hoping if I do, it’ll be for something healthy!

  • Zoe Warren

    April 7, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I craved salt and vinegar McCoys and orang flavoured lucozade, could be why I put on so much weight! Liked your Facebook page too! x

  • Jo welsh

    April 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I craved pork pies with pickle in them,!!!

  • kimneville_1969@yahoo.co.uk

    April 7, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I craved wine gums

  • kimneville_1969@yahoo.co.uk

    April 7, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Have liked on Facebook as Kim Neville

  • Kathy Cakebread

    April 7, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    hello loving your blog:)

  • deborah godbolt

    April 8, 2013 at 12:08 am

    great blog beautiful baby
    i would love to win for my daughter who is atm to scared to get pregnant im thinking this could really help 🙂

  • deborah godbolt

    April 8, 2013 at 12:09 am

    following on fb debs angel godbolt twitter @moonlite2013

  • Samantha Fenn

    April 8, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I just craved food! Haha Luckily that has worn off over the past couple of weeks and baby is due this coming Saturday!

  • Samantha Fenn

    April 8, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Ive ‘liked’ your FB page as Samantha Fenn

  • bianca cranmer

    April 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I had a massive craving for carrot cake and kippers on toast yuck lol!!!

  • claire matthews-curtis

    April 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I craved wotsits dipped in toffee yogurt. Liked your face book under Claire Boyle

  • Laura Pritchard

    April 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    My only craving was for milk – I was regularly having 3-4 bowls of cereal with milk a day in my first trimester!

  • Hannah Moody

    April 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I craved Gaviscon tablets!!!! Goodness know why ! Guess it was the chalkiness 🙂

  • Hannah Moody

    April 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I like your FB page as Hannah Mdy 🙂

  • Alex Telford

    April 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I craved dairylea on cream crackers, I could have eaten a whole box in one sitting. I bought some recently, now little one is a toddler, and they just don’t taste as good as when I was pregnant 🙁

  • Liesl

    April 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    No cravings really but any butter or spread tasted totally rancid. Could not even smell them without wanting to be sick. Weird huh?

  • Tracy Hanson

    April 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Marmite on toast (that’s quite disgusting now anyway) topped with bananas. Oh and pickled onions dipped in salad cream!

  • Lianne Turton

    April 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Hi. X

  • Clare Moloney

    April 19, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Im craving Salad Cream and Chocolate .

  • Sian

    April 24, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Great giveaway! I haven’t been having any weird cravings while pregnant, but I have been a lot less able to resist my usual Ben & Jerry cravings!

  • Ruth M

    May 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I’m currently craving cheese scones but it changes daily! 🙂

  • anna

    May 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    hi! i would like it for my friend whos pregnant with her 1st baby, i always craved lemons and potato waffles

  • melissa moore

    May 3, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Oranges ! or anything with orange in it !

  • Ruth Davies

    May 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Tomato soup every day, Thought I would give birth to a tomato but thank goodness it was a little girl.

  • Ruth Davies

    May 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Liked the Baby on Board Facebook page.

  • Eleanor Powell

    May 4, 2013 at 6:59 am

    I craved Terry’s chocolate orange bars and coffee machine coffee with my first and beetroot and peanuts with my second!

  • Agata Pokutycka

    May 4, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Ice creams – I could eat them all day long

  • Agata Pokutycka

    May 4, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I am a fan on FB

  • Janine Atkin

    May 5, 2013 at 7:54 am

    i didnt really crave but i did eat alot of fizzy haribos which i dont usually eat at all!

  • Janine Atkin

    May 5, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Im already a liker on facebook

  • christy beckett

    May 5, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I craved Licourice Allsorts I even called my bump Bertie (Basset)

  • olivia kirby

    May 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I craved tuna and potato!

  • olivia kirby

    May 5, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    already a liker on FB x

  • Rebecca Nisbet

    May 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    My craving was fab ice lollies, I went through a packet a day, it was a terrible £7 a week craving, but they were damn nice!

  • S Ripley

    May 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    salad cream on everything

  • S Ripley

    May 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    following on facebook

  • Robyn Logan Clarke

    May 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I have no exciting tales of sending my husband to the 24 hour Tesco to fetch pickles and chocolate ice cream. My bump preferred to tell me what he didn’t like as opposed to what he did!

  • Robyn Logan Clarke

    May 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Liked on Facebook (Robyn Logan)

  • jackie curran

    May 6, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I have liked on facebook. No real cravings to report for me.

  • Kara moor

    May 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Love to win this.


    May 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Hi, I have liked this as it will be useful for our future daughter-in-law who is expecting later in the year! Thankyou!

  • karen dixon

    May 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Currently not pregnant but trying hard to get our family started

  • carol boffey

    May 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    tinned tomatos on toast and aeros were my cravings

  • xu

    May 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Trying at the moment.

  • Becky Downey

    May 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    hello, no cravings!

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