If you are a first-time, pregnant mother-to-be, there are surely many questions you have as a little life is growing inside of you. There are many wonderfully informative baby books on the market, plus advice from family and friends who’ve experienced pregnancy, but every pregnancy is different and being able to customize your experience is definitely a benefit. Also, what if you want answers right away based on today’s symptoms or how big your baby is right this minute? Luckily, there are a plethora of apps available for both Android and Apple devices that can offer support and helpful resources at the touch of a button!
There are various apps you can download and use during pregnancy for finding baby names, tracking the baby’s growth, researching symptoms, staying healthy and more! Let’s examine several apps on the market to see if one or more might be helpful to take some of the mystery out of expecting.
The I’m Expecting app is the #1 pregnancy app used by millions of women. This app helps you connect to community forums to share your experience and learn from others. Also, the I’m Expecting app provides at least two new videos each week, developed by medical professionals, helping you understand your body’s changes and baby’s development in its current stage of growth. This app allows you to calculate your due date, features a countdown to the delivery bar, a pregnancy forum, weekly tips and more. One cool feature of this app is that it connects to activity trackers – like Fitbit or RunKeeper – for that moms-to-be who are on the move and staying active during pregnancy! This app has nearly 70,000 reviews and rated 4.6 out of 5 stars.
The BabyBump Pregnancy Pro app has over 4,000, 4-star reviews and includes a community forum so you can share your experiences and read about others’ stories along with your pregnancy journey. Connect with moms locally or those around the globe to share stories, experiences and get advice! It also features a journal so you can keep track of your weight and the size of your baby bump, including a place to upload pictures at every stage along the way. One of the coolest features is the Baby Kick counter, which enables you to track the number of times the baby kicks and the duration of each! As you get closer to your due date, you can also track contractions via this app. The BabyBump Pregnancy Pro app is free and available for both Android and iPhone devices, has over 24,000 reviews and scores 4.5 out of 5 stars.
This is the cute fruit app! You’ve probably seen different posts on social media over the past few years like, “My baby is the size of a grape” or “My baby is the size of a squash”. Now you, as a mom-to-be, you can have a frame of reference for the size of your growing baby. This app also features a week-by-week pregnancy comparison and each day, the app is refreshed with new reading material by The Bump. This app is great for first-time moms and offers updated articles and information on at each milestone. The Bump also gives you access to the largest catalog of products and reviews from major retailers and can even host your baby registry! Free for both Android and iPhone users with over 9,000 reviews and a 4.4-star rating.
This app will open the expecting mother up to an entire virtual community of moms and moms-to-be! Get some answers and advice from real people, that are on the same pregnancy journey with you. Plus, understand what you’re experiencing at different stages of your pregnancy – you’ll surely have different symptoms and be thinking about different things in week 12 versus week 30. This app offers you advice, recipes, cures for today’s symptoms and what to buy now for the baby, in real time. The Totally Pregnant app gives you access to 3-D videos of what your baby looks like at different stages as well as information via video blogs (vlogs). Free, and available for both Android and iPhone users.
This is a fun picture-taking app to show off your nursery, new baby and all things super cute! If you tend to post lots of pics on social media, this app is for you! The stickers and artwork available via this app are all pregnancy and baby related, and it includes beautiful images, filters, personalized text and milestone designs. Capture treasured moments while you’re expecting and all the milestones after the baby was born. This app is available for both Android and iPhone devices and is priced at $3.00.
We all know that focusing on staying healthy during pregnancy is best for both mom and baby. With the Glow Nurture app, you’ll be able to focus on wellness and your health, especially since the app is customizable for every pregnancy. You can keep a health awareness log and search for symptoms on the spot – to keep from worrying too much! You can also connect with other pregnant women who are at the same stage/share a similar due date. Another feature is keeping track of all those appointments – both for mom and baby!
This app, available for free for iPhone users, helps you stay in shape in a safe way during pregnancy and also helps you get fit post-pregnancy. It’s not easy to put fitness first during pregnancy, but the Prenatal Pilates by Blue Sparrow offers exercises for every stage, helping you find the right ones for you based on your fitness level. You’ll be able to listen to guided instructions and track your weight and stamina for the whole nine months! Plus, customize workouts based on your schedule and the time you have allotted to workout.
The famous Shakespearean line “What’s in a name?” doesn’t really apply here! Every parent wants to choose the perfect name for their baby. After all, choosing your baby’s name is an important and personal decision. This app, available for free on both Android and iPhone, can help you search based on initials, give suggestions of which names fit best with a surname, plus explains the origins and meaning of a name. Another nice feature is that this app gives you access to popular names as far back as the 1800s – so whether you are looking for a modern, classic, popular or uncommon name, you’ll be able to do all your research in one app! With over 30,000 names, you can save your favorite names and find the right one for baby.
There are so many apps available for parents-to-be, especially for the expecting mother to track all things about the baby! Using a select number of these apps based on what will make your pregnancy go smoother – communicating with other moms-to-be, tracking your weight, saving pictures of your baby bump or choosing a name – is customizable based on what’s most important to you. These apps give you access to such awesome information, collected and streamlined, plus insight into your growing baby’s progress, strange symptoms and staying healthy during pregnancy. With access to online communities, you’ll never go it alone. Of course, you will need to expect the unexpected, but hopefully utilizing these resources, right at your fingertips, will help you feel prepared for baby’s arrival!