Today I want to talk about my favorite pregnancy apps! When I was pregnant with my first 7 years ago, I don’t think I downloaded one pregnancy app. Not one! By the time I was pregnant with my son 4.5 years ago, I think I graduated to downloading a “contractions counter” app. Nothing fancy. Now there are TONS of pregnancy apps out there, and I want to share a few of my top picks.
My Pregnancy Today/Baby Center – This helpful app tracks your pregnancy week-by-week, gives you nutrition tips, specialized tips for mamas, and also gives detailed explanations about what’s going on with your baby on a weekly basis. Plus, a kick tracker, contraction timer, tips for creating your baby registry, and a cool feature – a “browse” products section, where you can search for baby products by brand name and reviews.
Sprout – This is one of my favorite apps because it shows your baby’s progress in 3D images (which I think is really cool!). It also gives weekly overviews, has an “organizer” tab (a place to type questions for your next doctor’s visits, weight tracker – my least favorite feature, lol! – kick counter, a place for your to-do lists, etc.), and a place to journal.
MyBabyBeat – Okay, this is a pretty cool app that my mom told me about!! It’s a fairly new app that allows you to try and find your baby’s heartbeat with your iPhone. Confused? Read the app’s description…
“All you need to do is take your iPhone out of its case, make sure your headset does not have an embedded microphone, switch to airplane mode, set the iPhone volume to the maximum level, and start listening to your baby!”
Disclaimer – this is absolutely not a medical app! I am obviously not a doctor, and I recommend that you ask your doctor, if you’re worried about trying this app. And obviously, if you can’t find your baby’s heartbeat with your phone, that’s not a definite medical indication that anything is wrong! This is purely for fun…not to stress pregnant mamas more.
I will tell you…now that I’m 20 weeks (where is the time going???), I can actually pick up my baby’s heartbeat sometimes with this app. And, it’s magical! The app walks you through instructions, and also lets you listen to a sample mom’s heartbeat, as well as a sample baby’s heartbeat, so you know what you’re looking for. You can also read more FAQs here (just scroll down on the page).
Photofy – This is such a fun photo editing app! I’m kind of obsessed. I know there are a lot of photo editing apps out there, but I love the baby and pregnancy “stickers” and frames with this one…especially the adorable stickers that help you count your pregnancy weeks with the size of the baby (i.e. the baby is the size of a tomato, sweet potato, etc.). Super cute.
WebMD Pregnancy – This app is great because it shows a 3D image per week, what you can expect at your next doctor’s appointment, tips of the day, a symptom tracker (heartburn, anyone???), all sorts of pertinent checklists to keep you organized, and a place to journal…just to name a few.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting – A classic book, and now a classic app! I use this one on a weekly basis, too. You have your weekly report on how baby is doing and developing, a video explaining each week, a place to read different week-related pregnancy articles, access to community “bulletin boards” and forums, and a place to journal.
On a side note, I also used the What to Expect When You’re Expecting Fertility Tracking app before I got pregnant, and found it very helpful.
Full Term – This app is mainly meant to help you time contractions (but is also a “kick” counter, too). Obviously I haven’t used it yet (still too early!), but I’ll give it a go once the the time comes.
And, this isn’t an app, but it is just too darn cute not to share! It’s a little video cartoon clip of a baby growing in their mama’s tummy. I saw it floating around on Facebook, watched it and loved it so much, I let my kiddos watch it. And, they want to watch it over and over and over again. It’s one of the cutest pregnancy sequence clips I’ve seen that I think is pretty kid-friendly. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Do you have a favorite pregnancy app? If so, please share below!