In today’s world of smartphones and apps, it seems almost second nature that every pregnant woman should have an app or two (or ten) to get through her pregnancy armed with information and resources.
I must admit that I am a bit of an app junkie, it’s hard for me to say no to an app unless it proves completely useless. Here are the apps I have used at some point in my pregnancy or are currently using.
Glow Nurture (Free)
This is my favourite app for documenting, tracking and personalizing my pregnancy journey. There are so many fields of information to remind you of the often forgotten parts of pregnancy (i.e. doing your kegel exercises). This app gives you daily insights, daily logs and keeps up with your overall health to let you know areas of improvement. You can include your medical logs from your doctor or midwife visits. It also gives you daily tasks to accomplish as you progress in your pregnancy such as taking your picture, booking appointments, etc…
Bonus: You can connect the app to your existing trackers such as Apple Health, MyFitnessPal, Jawbone UP
Pregnancy+ (Free Trial Version, Paid Version)
This app is brought to you by Health and Parenting. I downloaded the free trial version for the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and by week 6 I was sold and purchased the full version. This is my favourite go-to app for information. It’t not a detailed tracking app like Glow Nurture but it provides great detailed information daily and weekly. The app is free of pregnancy cliches and gimmicks, I really enjoy the weekly images of baby available in 2d, 3d and illustration. This app includes a kick counter for your third trimester, a contractions counter, a baby names catalog, and a shopping list which always comes in handy when creating your registry, a list of what to pack in hospitals bags for mom, dad and baby. The goodies included in this app were definitely worth the $5 price tag for me.
I’m Expecting (Free)
This app is brought to you by MedHelp. In this app, you’ll find weekly updates of what is happening to your baby and what is happening to your body. There are weekly videos of fetal development and pregnancy. This app is less useful for logging personal information but the small tidbits of general information can be useful.
My Pregnancy Today (Free)
This BabyCenter app is full of random tidbits of information, some are more useful than others. What can you do with this app? Read random information and work through a checklist. This isn’t the app to download if you want to record important information, but if you want information, this app is great. The app provides information on eating well, living well and overall health during pregnancy. Are you wondering how to put an end to fights about household chores during your pregnancy? There is an answer for that.
The Bump (Free)
Brought to you by the creators of “The Knot”, this app is filled with great answers to the questions that can sometimes keep you up at night. There is an abundance of information for you to read within this app, it’s like the Pinterest of Pregnancy. They also have a registry tracker that allows you to add all your registries and monitor them. As a Canadian mommy, this feature has never worked for me but maybe the American mommies have better luck with it. I’m sure that if this feature worked for me, the app would definitely be higher on my list.
Ovia Pregnancy (Free)
Are you looking for a cool app that has unique features? This is it! The two coolest features of this app are the ability to see your baby’s hand size in the womb and you don’t have to stay stuck to the usual baby-fruit comparisons. This app allows you to choose a theme comparison whether fruits & vegetables, Parisian bakery, fun & games or weird-but-cute animals! Personally I love this feature because it makes it easier for me to visualize baby’s size since we all know that not all oranges are the same size. Your baby could be the size of a camping lantern, a Fennec fox, or a Charlotte Royale cake. Cool right?! So apart from the fun parts of this app, it also gives you daily new information about baby, allows you to log notes & milestones and any other health related information you can think of.
Sprout Pregnancy (Free Trial, Paid Version)
This is just a cool visual app. I personally do not find this app to be overly useful for detailed information but I must say it has the best visuals I have ever seen in any app. The app includes interactive features that let you interact with baby and see your baby in a 3D format with the sound of the baby’s heartbeat, this is kinda cool for an obsessive preggo (like myself). I did pay for the full version of this app because I expected it to have a lot of information and it fell short in this category. It allows you to journal your pregnancy with the ability to view or print a free PDF of your journey.
Oh Baby Fitness (Free for Week 6-10)
Truthfully, I haven’t used this app very much because I have been too sick for the majority of my pregnancy to really think about exercising. I’ve heard great things about this app and if you would like to stay in shape and prepared for labour, these exercises can really come in handy. If you are able to make it past week 10 and purchase the app, let me know how it worked for you!
WebMD Pregnancy (Free)
This app provides just enough information. It gives you the basics without an overload of information. It contains lists of questions to ask your doctor at each appointment, a symptoms tracker, contraction timer and kick counter. Personally, this is not an app I would rely on for ALL my pregnancy related questions and information but it’s a good place to start. The illustrations of baby and your body including your organs are great for giving you a perspective of what is happening in there and why you are experiencing shortness of breath.
What To Expect (Free)
We’ve all heard about or read the famous book on pregnancy, now there’s an app! As you can expect, this app is a wealth of information, there is an average of six articles to read each day about your pregnancy ranging from fun facts to serious topics. This app also provides you with a list of tests and screenings that you can expect throughout your pregnancy which is really useful in preparing you for the tests by understanding what each tests entails and why it is performed. If you enjoyed reading the book, then I recommend you download this app as well.
That’s all folks!!! As a side note, all these apps have the ability to log your weekly photos and many have online chat groups included. Hope you enjoyed this and find at least one useful app to accompany you through your pregnancy!
Until next time!