Should You Try a Pregnancy App?

What They Are and How to Use Them

Pregnancy triggers all kinds of new emotions, physical changes, and of course, lots of questions. From wondering about average baby growth to the safest foods to eat, being pregnant requires your brain to work on overdrive.

Fortunately, getting the answers to some of your most pressing questions can be as simple as downloading an app. Technology isn’t it wonderful!

What is a pregnancy app?
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Benefits of Using a Pregnancy App

You bought the books, took the pamphlets home from the doctor’s office, and printed out every possible checklist and chart you could find on the internet, and now, you’re left staring at a massive pile of stuff. 

If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Parents-to-be are eager for information about the next nine months, in any form they can get it. That’s why it’s not uncommon to see every pregnancy-related publication stacked a mile high on the nightstand or kitchen table of an expecting mom or dad.  

Unfortunately, sifting through all of that paper takes time. And more than likely, time is and will continue to be, in short supply. The good news? There is a simple solution to your current situation, and it’s called a pregnancy app. 

Pregnancy apps give you the freedom and ease to keep tabs on everything related to the health and wellbeing of your baby-to-be.

From medical appointments and fetal growth to tracking your contractions on d-day, a pregnancy app can help take the guesswork out of your most burning questions and concerns. 

Overview of Pregnancy Apps

There are many pregnancy apps available, which means you should be able to find one that fits your needs. Here are eight pregnancy apps worth checking out that can help you stay on top of everything baby related.

Sprout Pregnancy App

The Sprout Pregnancy app is a “must have" for busy moms dealing with some serious pregnancy brain. This comprehensive app helps you stay organized and educated about all of the developments and changes happening in your body.

Available for Android and iOS, the Sprout app also comes with the ability to capture belly photos and pair them with your ultrasounds to create custom printables. You can also use the Sprout app to log appointment reminders, questions for your doctor, and milestones you reach along the way. 

BabyCenter Pregnancy App

The BabyCenter pregnancy app for Android and iOS is known for a lot of things, but most notably it has an excellent reputation for its medical accuracy and up-to-date facts about pregnancy. In addition to the daily and weekly guides, tracking ability, and health information, you also get some pretty amazing images of the baby’s development.

Plus, after giving birth, the app transfers over to a parenting guide to help you with your next adventure. 

What to Expect Pregnancy App

Following in the footsteps of the hugely popular book, the What to Expect pregnancy app for Android and iOS is designed to provide you one location to keep all of your baby bump information.

Plus, the app is packed full of useful tips on every pregnancy topic you can imagine. Log on to find out info about where you are in your pregnancy or watch videos about how your body is going to change over the course of nine months.

Regardless of where you’re at on the pregnancy knowledge continuum, there’s a good chance you will find some valuable tidbits in this comprehensive app. 

Headspace App

Let’s face it. Pregnancy is stressful. And with all those sleepless nights and days spent worrying about pretty much everything, taking a meditation break is probably just what you need. That’s why the Headspace app is part of our pregnancy app lineup.

Available for Android and iOS, this mindfulness app will help calm your nerves and relax your body. Plus, since this app allows you to be in charge of when you meditate, you can take a mindfulness break on your terms. 

Glow Nurture Pregnancy App

If you’re searching for an app that gives you the freedom to customize your experience, then check out the Glow Nurture pregnancy app. This app allows you to get insights and alerts based on the data you enter and specific feedback on your health and the health of your baby.

The community support that comes in the form of maternity advice, pregnancy tips, baby care, and so much more helps you feel connected and informed about shared experiences. 

The Bump Pregnancy App

It’s one thing to read about the development of your baby, It’s another to see it in 3D. The Bump Pregnancy Countdown app for Android and iOS allows you to watch your baby’s (not really your baby, but you get the point!) growth week-by-week through 3D visualization.

And of course, it has all of the other features you want in a pregnancy app including contraction timer, kick counter, labor and delivery information, updates on pregnancy, healthy eating and exercise, and more. 

Prenatal Workout App

You can’t have a pregnancy app roundup without including a link to a fitness tracker. If you have plans to continue your fitness routine during the next nine months, you might want to take a look a the Prenatal Workouts app.

Designed exclusively for moms-to-be, this app shows you exactly what is safe to do while pregnant. And as a bonus, the workouts are only 20-minutes long. Just the right amount of time for a mama-to-be!

Full Term Contraction Timer App

The Full Term Contraction Timer app is a must for both mom and partner. Available on Android and iOS, this app eliminates the need to keep track of contractions on your own.

You can set up contraction alerts based on the 5-1-1 rule or customize to suit your needs. The app records all of the critical information related to contractions including the duration, interval, and intensity of each contraction.

This information is then put in a graph so you can quickly glance at it and get back to the duty at hand. You can also use the app before labor to track your baby’s kicks

A Word From Verywell

Overall, most of the pregnancy apps offer similar features including a week-by-week guide, contraction timer, tips and advice, a place to keep information about your doctor’s visits, and so much more. The app you choose depends on how much you already know and how dialed in you want to be.

Ultimately, you can’t go wrong with any of these apps. But before you decide, take some time to browse through each of their features and screens. You should be able to find one that fits your needs. 

By Sara Lindberg
Sara Lindberg, M.Ed., is a freelance writer focusing on health, fitness, nutrition, parenting, and mental health.