For expectant mothers, pregnancy can be an overwhelming time in their life. There is a lot of information to absorb, like what types of food to avoid, how to stay fit while pregnant and how to prepare for baby’s arrival. In addition to the expertise from your obstetrician, there are many smartphone apps that can help mothers-to-be navigate the world of pregnancy. With the click of a button, you can track your pregnancy and get valuable information about your baby’s development.
Below are several of our top picks for FREE pregnancy apps.
Ovia Pregnancy Tracker and Baby Calendar (available on iTunes and Google Play)
Developed by Harvard scientists, pregnancy specialists and fit moms, the Ovia app has a high-tech, personalized approach to tracking your pregnancy and your baby’s development. This app connects with FitBit, which allows you to easily track your weight, sleep, symptoms, moods and more. Receive feedback completely tailored to you! All information is based on where you are in your pregnancy, BMI, age, personal goals and health data. As your baby grows, you can use the kick counter and contraction timer. Connect with other mothers in a private, anonymous community where you can share experiences.
Totally Pregnant (available on iTunes and Google Play)
Totally Pregnant was created by real mothers who have been where you are. This community of moms have gathered information that is tailored to your location, stage of pregnancy and needs. Personalize your experience by entering your name and due date. Watch 3D videos showing you the development of your fetus as your bump grows. Sign up and attend prenatal and birth classes online through the app. Shop for all the products you need during your pregnancy and for the first few months after you give birth. Join discussion groups and be supported by a community of Totally Pregnant moms.
What to Expect – Pregnancy & Baby (available on iTunes)
From the world’s most trusted pregnancy brand, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, this app guides you through pregnancy hour-by-hour. You’ll receive the latest parenting news and health information based on your due date. Find the right support group for you based on location, interest, medical condition, parenting style and more. Get the tools and support you need to help you prepare and feel in control every step of the way. Once your baby is born, you’ll get answers, advice and guidance as you navigate life as a new parent.
Baby Names (available on iTunes and Google Play)
One of the toughest decisions expectant parents face is what to name their new baby boy or girl. The Baby Names app by Sevenlogic is packed with more than 30,000 names and compiles suggestions in an easily sortable list. Check name popularity, meaning, origin and pronunciation all in one place. Save and rate your favorite names and share by email and Facebook for feedback from trusted family and friends.
There’s an app for everything these days, including pregnancy. They can offer a place for you to track your pregnancy, learn more about motherhood and connect with other pregnant women. Although, the internet and available apps are a great source of information they are not a replacement for prenatal care. The information these sources provide isn’t specific for your own health and pregnancy. The physicians and staff at Greenville Women’s Care remind you to always consult your obstetrician about anything that you read or even bring in articles to discuss how they could apply to you and your baby.