Whether you’re a first time mom or a “BTDT” (been there done that), your pregnancy comes with a lot of questions. Is that pain normal? Can I eat that? Should I lay on my right side or will I hurt my baby? Our ancestors just had to take the word of their parents and grandparents, but not us! We have the Internet on our side, and thousands upon thousand of apps and websites to help answer our many questions. While it’s never too helpful to google too many things (there are just some photos you can’t “un-see” and will cause unnecessary worry), being knowledgeable about your body during your pregnancy is the right thing to do. We’ve searched for some great apps that will come in handy as your progress through your pregnancy, so check out our list and put some of those worries and questions to rest!
1. WebMD Pregnancy
This app has it all: weekly tracking of your baby’s development, a place to store questions for your doctor, and of course the signature of any WebMD search: lots of medical information about pregnancy. It has awesome forums where you can connect with other moms to be, and even a feature that lets you create your own “Baby Belly Slideshow,” by taking weekly photos of your belly. Best of all, this is a free app!
2. Pregnancy Sprout
This app is set apart from all others by the amazing fetal development photos. Not only do you get to see 3D images of what your growing baby looks like, the detail is like none other. You can even input your child’s name for a more personalized experience. This app also includes detailed weekly and monthly information in your pregnancy, and helpful tools like a kick counter, weight journal and a contraction timer. It seamlessly bridges to the brands other apps, like Baby Sprout, where you can continue to track feedings and special moments of your new baby.
3. What To Expect
The people who’ve brought us the famous “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” books have created a very comprehensive app that’s like none other. Right from your personalized home screen, you’ll see important info like what trimester you’re in, how many days left til your due date, what size fruit your baby is closest too (awww, cute baby blueberry!) and detailed articles about what development your baby is undergoing that week. One of the biggest thing that sets this app apart is the vast community forums. You can find connections based on the month of your due date, young moms, BTDT moms, trying to conceive and those who have suffered a loss. I personally am still friends with many of the mamas I met on my own WTE baby board, two years later!
4. Foods To Avoid When Pregnant (Pregnancy Diet Pro)
One of the hardest adjustments when you become pregnant is how much more careful you need to be when making and eating meals. Things you never thought twice about are now things you may need to avoid, like sushi and over medium eggs. The worst is when you are in a restaurant and can’t remember if swordfish is on the “ok to eat” or “avoid at all costs” list. This app easily breaks down foods you should avoid with the quick swipe of the finger. You don’t need to perform numerous google searches, just check your easy app.
5. Mommy Meds
There comes a time while you’re pregnant that you need to take some form of medication, even if it’s just a pain medication for a nasty headache. While it’s important, it doesn’t always necessitate a call to your doctor. The Mommy Meds app gives you access to thousands of medications and their effects on your pregnancy and growing baby. This comprehensive database of over 20,000 medications will give you peace of mind, which is worth the $3.99 cost of the app!
If you dread packing your hospital bags, then worry no more. The MyLaborBags app comes preloaded with 100 default items that are usually must-haves in your bags. It also comes with three lists, for mommy, daddy and baby so you don’t forget anyone. You can easily email the lists to your hubby and export an into easy, color coded master list.
7. m Pregnancy- For Men With Pregnant Women
It can be hard getting your man excited about your pregnancy, because after all, they’re pretty much an outsider. They don’t get to feel the baby, have their body change, or alter what they eat and drink (sounds pretty good!). Well, m Pregnancy is here to save the day. This app translates potentially traumatizing information (to a man) into a humorous yet informative language they can understand and actually enjoy. Instead of comparing your baby to a lemon or grape, the app uses comparisons to items like beer caps. This app isn’t just for men, so sit back and enjoy!
8. Full Term- Labor Contraction Timer, Pregnancy Reference & Kick Counter
When the time comes for labor, you don’t want to be bothered with holding a stop watch and remember to pencil down the length of your contractions on a piece of paper. The Full Term- Labor Contraction Timer does all of that for you. You simply need to tap start and stop, and the app will measure length of contractions and distance apart. This is a great app to use for possible pre-term contractions, and also when you’re admitted to the hospital, because you can give your doctor very detailed labor info!