Today's technology is really quite spectacular. Most of us carry a supercomputer around (in the form of a smartphone) in our pockets all day long, not really thinking about just how powerful our device truly is. It can do everything from calling and texting to productivity, gaming and yes, it can even predict your cycle and measure your basal temperature. If you can think of it, there is probably an app for it!
That's why it should come as no surprise that among the myriad of apps on the market these days, there are also countless apps for pregnancy - from conception, right through to postpartum. But as the case with many apps these days, there can be too much choice. Which ones are the most useful, and most importantly, which ones are the most accurate?
Fortunately, Christine Masterson and Renuka Darolia - both OB-GYNs practising in the United States - are on the case. They have weighed in on their top 11 choices for paid apps, below.
1. What To Expect Pregnancy & Baby Tracker: $10.70Available for iOS and Android, this app is considered the "Pregnancy Bible" because it has been around for as long as most of us can remember. The What To Expect brand is a pregnancy and parenting staple, so naturally, the app is also highly sought after. From personalized tracking and week-by-week videos to loads of information about nutrition, exercise and labour itself, this app has got you covered. According to Masterson, it is also highly vetted by professionals.
"It definitely gives sound medical advice," she says.
2. The Bump Pregnancy Countdown: $4.80
This particular app is a favourite of Darolia, who is a fan of its product reviews and streamlined registry features. Available on iOS only, it shows a weekly 3D image of your developing baby and allows you to ask questions and get real-time answers from The Bump staff, a team of experts, and experienced moms.
3. BabyCenter Pregnancy Tracker And App: $4.80
Also only available for iOS, this app is as "medically accurate as you can get," according to Darolia.
"I love the features that show images of the baby's development week by week," she adds. Even better, once your baby is born, this app automatically changes into a parenting guide, which can be seriously helpful for first-time moms.
4. Sprout Pregnancy: $4.70
If you love journaling, this app is for you. And why wouldn't you? According to Masterson, "journaling and sharing with other expectant moms can give you a sense of valuable social support."
5. Glow Nurture Pregnancy App: $4.70
This app is very helpful when it comes to organization. It is a one-stop shop where you can store pregnancy stats, appointment reminders and even bump photos. Like BabyCenter, it also makes a smooth transition into the postpartum period, allowing you to track breastfeeding and pumping sessions as well as a host of other "4th trimester" info.
6. Hello Belly Pregnancy Tracker: $4.40
Sometimes, you just need a laugh - and what better time than during the hard months of pregnancy? This quirky app features funny and relatable pregnancy tips and tricks alongside illustrations that will undoubtedly put a smile on your face each week during your pregnancy.
7. Ovia Pregnancy Tracker: $4.10
A fertility and pregnancy tracker available on iOS, Ovia offers both accuracy and safety for its users. Darolia has recommended it specifically for its ability to accurately track menstrual cycles, which can be crucial for those trying to conceive. When it comes to safety during pregnancy, it also allows you to look up whether certain foods and medications are okay.
8. WebMD Pregnancy: $2.00
Similar to What To Expect, this app promises some of the most accurate and reliable medical information, according to Masterson.
You can also track baby kicks, your weight and blood pressure, and even your contractions when the time comes. When it comes to organization, you are able to jot down questions for your doctor and make checklists for your hospital bag, or what gear to buy in advance.
Available on iOS.
9. Mind The Bump: $1.22
Masterson stresses the importance of mental health during pregnancy.
“The idea of bringing other things like meditation into your pregnancy can be helpful, and using an app like this can cover a base that we don’t often have time to cover in the office during visits,” she says.
10. Matriarc: $1.20
Matriarc is actually an app specifically for the postpartum period, but that shouldn't stop you from checking it out while you're waiting for your little one to arrive. It includes over 100 exercise videos that target areas that have been weakened by pregnancy and labour, such as the core and pelvic floor.
Darolia, who recently gave birth herself, highly recommends this app - available on iOS only - to her patients.
"It’s the first app I’m aware of that covers a mom’s recovery postpartum with a detailed 30-day plan for properly rehabilitating her body after delivery,” she says.
11. BellyBump: $0.99
Love bump photos? Then this app is for you.
Available on iOS, BellyBump lets you in on the tips and tricks to take that perfect weekly bump progress photo so you can share with your close friends and family, and maybe even your secret Facebook pregnancy groups. It features an outline that allows you to capture your bump in the same position each week, so you can easily visually track your growth over time. The neatest part is, at the end of your pregnancy you can even create a time-lapse video out of all the photos!
Do you have a favourite pregnancy app? Did it make the list above? Tweet me at @theunfitmom.