The wait for baby to arrive can seem like forever. From conception to your estimated due date can feel like the longest 40 weeks of your life and all the changes you experience during that time can lead to some major questions and confusion. Counting down the days doesn’t have to be tedious, however. Thanks to a slew of pregnancy apps, expectant parents can find out how big their baby is, what senses he or she is developing, and what to expect in the coming weeks.
Pregnancy and maternity apps can be a life-saver when your body is doing unfamiliar things. Just pop into your app and chances are you’ll find the answers you need. Different apps cover different bases, from countdowns to communities of other expectant people to development trackers. But with all the apps to choose from, how do you know which one to download? We’ve rounded up seven of the best pregnancy apps for you to check out.
When should I start using a pregnancy app?
You don’t have to wait till you’re pregnant to use pregnancy apps. Many apps on the market double as fertility trackers so you can start using them right away to record your periods and ovulation.
If you’re already pregnant, there’s no reason to wait! Just pop in your estimated due date and other pertinent information and find out what’s going on in your bump right now.
The best pregnancy apps
Here are 7 pregnancy and maternity apps you’ll want on your phone right now.
What To Expect Pregnancy & Baby Tracker
Based on the go-to pregnancy book, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, the What to Expect app has pretty much everything you’ll need to navigate your pregnancy. From spot-on pregnancy and development trackers to informative videos and sound medical advice, the WtE app is a one-stop-shop for all your pregnancy questions.
Luckily, it’s available on both Android and iOS so no matter what kind of phone you have you can reap the benefits of this thoughtful and informative app. And best of all? It’s free!
The Bump Pregnancy Countdown
This tracker app is very cool. It gives you 3-D images of what your baby looks like as it’s developing and allows you to ask questions to other parents and pregnancy experts. It also helps you navigate the creation of your online baby registry, with easily accessible product reviews and easy-to-access registry features.
BabyCenter Pregnancy Tracker & Baby App
A tracker that provides images of the stages of development, the BabyCenter Pregnancy and Baby app automatically switches over to a parenting app once your baby is born. This app is full of helpful information for pregnancy and the 4th trimester, helping you get your feet under you in those first exhausting weeks with a newborn. The app provides insight and helps all through the first year.
Ovia Pregnancy Tracker
The Ovia Pregnancy Tracker pulls double duty as a period tracker and pregnancy tracker allowing users to follow from ovulation to conception to gestation. This handy app is also chock full of information about safety. What foods are safe during pregnancy? What medications should you avoid while pregnant? The Ovia Pregnancy Tracker has it all!
More than just a tracker, the Sprout app offers daily and weekly development updates, a personalized delivery timeline, kick counters, and even contraction counters for when the big day finally arrives. Named one of Time magazine’s top Top 50 Apps of the Year, this one definitely deserves a download!
Glow Nurture Pregnancy App
Glow is a little different from the rest of the pregnancy apps out there. Glow provides a place to keep track of everything pregnancy-related, from doctor’s appointments to photos. Plus, a journal function makes it the perfect place to store your memories without having to click on three different social media and calendar apps to do it! This app also rolls over into postpartum, helping you understand what to expect once your baby has arrived.
Mind the Bump
Now for something completely different. Mind the Bump provides mental health support during and after pregnancy with in-app meditation, mindfulness, and perinatal health support. Designed by mental health professionals, this app is the perfect way to wrap your head around what your body is doing and prepare for the journey ahead!
Save yourself some stress, keep track of those important milestones and dates to remember, and watch your bump grow all from the convenience of your phone!
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