I found a lot of comfort in pregnancy apps. See how!

Women checking out on pregnancy apps

When I found out I was pregnant, I was overjoyed — and a little scared. I had a seemingly endless list of questions, and the nine months lay out before me, filled up with worry and doubt. I was excited, too, of course! And I wanted a way to mark and enjoy my progress. Also surprising about pregnancy? The rules: what I could and couldn’t eat, which types of exercise were encouraged and which were not a good idea, and so on.

I didn’t have any pregnant girlfriends to model my choices after and swap ideas with, so I turned to online communities. I was also looking for the accountability and satisfaction that comes with keeping track of milestones. Additionally, I wanted to find a way to capture the fun parts and enjoy my pregnancy without the added stress of writing lengthy journal entries or tediously affixing sonogram printouts into a scrapbook.

Like a lot of modern mamas, I discovered ways that I could track developments and uncover information, but also savor the moment. Call me type-A, but I found a lot of comfort in pregnancy apps.

Are you a new mom-to-be looking for a little help? Keeping track of your health is vital, but the right information — and access to other moms and families who are also expecting — is important as well. These apps will help you learn about different aspects of your pregnancy, at all different stages, and put you in touch with others going through the same experiences.

There is one important point to keep in mind, however. As good as these pregnancy apps are for keeping track of your changes, keeping a calendar, and connecting with others, they are in no way a substitute for professional advice from your doctor. You should always consult your doctor first if you have health concerns, and keep following your scheduled doctor’s appointments as usual.

Below Are Some of The Best Pregnancy Apps (That Are Actually Easy To Use) For Expectant Mamas

Ovia


Features: track your pregnancy, learn about baby development, immediate response for critical health alerts

Why we like it: The app has a pregnancy tracker and due date countdown. It also gives updates on your baby’s development. For instance, my imaginary baby boy would be 33 weeks old and is “now good enough at breathing that he is doing so rhythmically.” Wow! They also include videos in the app with different specialists in the field, like a nutritionist. You can look up the safety for medications and foods during your pregnancy, as well as get info on some symptoms to help ease your mind in between doctor appointments. For those especially goal-oriented mamas out there, you can even track your sleep, weight, activity levels, daily steps, and nutrition, making this app not solely about baby development — it’s tracking your own development, too!

Baby Bump by Northside Hospital


Features: Educational, weekly to-do list, hospital provided information.

Why we like it: Since this app was created by a hospital, it’s understandably very professional. If you’re looking for information you’d receive from your OBGYN or midwife, this is a good, information-dense app. You can learn about healthy pregnancy, preparations for labor and birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, and newborn care. The app takes you through all these subjects — it’s like having a mini Childbirth Education class right in your pocket.

They also have a week-by-week pregnancy to-do list, including topics like car seat safety and packing your hospital bag. This is a great way to stay on task throughout your pregnancy so you don’t get overwhelmed with your to-do list in those last few weeks.

Baby Names (by The Honest Company)


Features: Name search function, opinion polling, store favorite names, explore similar names

Why we like it: This app has a message board to ask for other’s opinions on baby names. There is a vote function as well, so if you value the opinion of strangers on the Internet (?), this could be a fun way to anonymously get opinions on your favorite baby names! You can keep track of your favorite names and search names by origin or popularity. There’s also a “fun finder” where the app will give you a random name with eight similar names. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get inspired.

Glow Nurture

Features: Community, journal, milestone tracker

Why we like it: It’s a very comprehensive, yet easy-to-use app with features that include a pregnancy tracker, milestones, and a daily journal to keep tabs on things like your prenatal vitamins and Kegels. You can also monitor any changes you experience like cramps, spotting, or Braxton hicks contractions. You can also update your weight, hydration, exercise, and sleep.

Additionally, there’s a built-in community with chat rooms to connect with lots of other moms who are at the same stage of pregnancy.

Sprout


Features: Animation, fetal developmental milestones, journal, pregnancy organizers and tools

Why we like it: If the animation doesn’t make you nauseous, it’s really cool to have a little peek into the world your baby is developing within. You can rotate the animation from all angles to “see” baby growth and development. Additionally, you can click on an area of the screen to learn about fetal development and growth for that particular week.

Mind the Bump


Features: Meditations, meditation tracker, due date countdown

Why we like it: This is an especially easy-to-use app and is perfect for moms who want to commit to hassle-free meditation. In no time at all, you’ll be meditating away into pregnancy bliss!

Baby Tracker


Features: Baby health log, multiple user access

Why we like it: This app is perfect for parents who need to keep track of their baby’s diapers, feedings, and sleep patterns because you can sync it with multiple users. That means parents, as well as other caregivers, can all access the same account from their devices. This is so important in those early weeks when you need to keep a close watch on all feedings and diapers; in fact, it can be a major baby first-year asset.
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