Dubai Mother and Baby Club, Facebook

A busy group with more than 3,900 members, you’ll always find someone online to answer any queries you might have and everyone seems friendly and keen to share hints and tips. You’ll also find plenty of for-sale posts offering all manner of pre-loved baby gear.

ExpatWoman

Long-time online favourite ExpatWoman.com has handy sub-divisions now, allowing you to choose which parts of the forum you use. There’s a dedicated Pregnancy Matters forum for all topics baby- and toddler-related, where you’ll be able to meet other mums and mums-to-be virtually, and there’s also a Schools and Nurseries forum for when they’re a little bit bigger. www.expatwoman.com 

Out of the Blues

If you’re feeling like this motherhood lark isn’t all you thought it’d be and could use a friendly ear to bend, check out this warm, supportive group run by expat women who’ve experienced postnatal illness. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with PNI or think you might have it, you’ll find sympathy and a host of useful advice. www.outoftheblues.me