The first thing I did when I found out I was pregnant was download pregnancy apps from the App Store. I always have my phone on me, so what better way to keep track of what’s going on with baby? Below I share some of my favorite applications that I have used endlessly during this pregnancy.
Sprout Pregnancy + – This is actually one of the first apps that I downloaded. I originally just got the free version, but I fell in love with it so much that I decided to buy the bundle of their apps (pregnancy, baby, and period tracking). The sole thing that really made me fall in love with this app were the 3D images they use of baby. When you open the application, it takes you straight to the 3D image of baby and a heartbeat noise plays. They also have some really cool features, including a journal where you can import all of your entries to a .pdf file at the end of your pregnancy. In the journal portion of the application, each entry you write is tagged with the weeks and days you write the entry and you can add photos to your entries. They also give you topics to write about if you’re lacking in the idea department. In addition to the journal feature, they also have a visit planner, to do list, weight tracker, kick counter, and contraction timer.
BabyCenter – Any time you do a search for what pregnancy app to download, BabyCenter is always on the list. I really enjoyed this app because of the plethora of information they provide you with. They tell you about what testing to expect, how to relieve constipation, how to control your heartburn, steps to picking the best name for your baby. I really enjoyed that this app didn’t give me the stereotypical information on pregnancy, rather it informed me about other parts of pregnancy, like round ligament pain, that I wasn’t aware of. In addition to the calendar feature, the app also gives you the option to join a birth group, which is a group full of ladies that are due at the same time as you are. There are other useful tools that the app provides you with also, like a kick counter, a gallery for all of your “bumpies”, registry checklist, contraction timer, and a place to log your birth preferences.
The Bump – I downloaded this app after finding out it was made by the same people who write “The Knot” wedding magazine. Honestly, it reminds me of BabyCenter a little bit. The app provides you with a ton of information revolving around nursery decoration, starting a baby registry, finding the best nanny for your family, etc. One of my favorite things about this app was the size comparison from baby to fruits and veggies. I thought that the size comparisons seemed more accurate when I first downloaded the app. In addition to the new information they provide you with daily, there is also a gallery where you can upload bump photos and photos of baby after they’re born. Beyond that, there aren’t a ton of tools like the other apps I mentioned.
Ovia Pregnancy – This app has an overwhelming amount of information, including daily updates about baby and healthy pregnancy recipes, food recommendations, and tidbits of information that will be helpful in the future. I’m not going to lie, I haven’t delved very deep into this app because it is very overwhelming for me. However, there are two features that I absolutely love. One of them is the size comparison feature, you can see the size of your baby in fruits and veggies, Parisian bakery items, fun and game items, and weird-but-cute animals. To me, that was so much fun because all apps offer the standard fruit and veggie size comparisons. The other feature that I really fell in love with is the hand size comparison. Each week you get an update on how big baby’s little hand is right now compared to how big it will be when baby is born (assuming baby is born at full-term). Like I said before, there are a ton of other features, like baby development broken down by weeks, food safety lookup, medication safety lookup, and articles and videos.
Babies “R” Us – We are registered at Babies “R” Us and from time to time, we are out and about and we think of something that we need for our little man. So, having the Babies “R” Us app was essential for me, because if I weren’t able to add it to the registry right then, I would have likely forgotten and then we could be missing a crucial item for baby. I also really liked having this app because it is really easy to look up products and see the reviews on them. Sometimes, Freddie and I would hear about a product and we would want to see what other people thought of it, this was really helpful for that reason.
WordPress – When I found out I was pregnant, I immediately started thinking about ways that I could document my pregnancy and I found some pretty good ideas, like opening an email for baby and using a store-bought pregnancy journal. However, I wanted a platform that I could just write to my child on. I wanted to write letters without having the worry of losing them, as they’re irreplaceable. So, after a long talk, Freddie and I decided on starting a blog for him. We really loved this idea because it allowed us to invite other people to write to him and it allowed both of us to write whenever we felt like it. It keeps all of our letters in the same place and we can break down the categories to how old he was when we were writing to him. I really love this idea and I am so so happy that we deiced on this way to document my pregnancy. I’ve really enjoyed just going back and reading the posts that we have made so far.
Spotify – Everyone recommends playing music for baby while they are in the womb and I decided to give it a try. I have really enjoyed using Spotify to do so. It allows me to choose what kind of music I want to play for my little guy and with Spotify Premium, I don’t have to listen to any pesky ads. I am also able to search for music I want to listen to and baby and I have really been loving listening to Disney hits recently. It’s been so nice to bond with my little one while singing along to an old disney song. In addition to being able to search for music that I want to listen to, they also have different playlists that they have put together for different reasons. Freddie and I really loved the road trip playlist when we were on our way down to the beach for our babymoon.
CountTheKicks – This is the kick counting app that my doctor recommended to me and I actually like it a lot. I really like that my kick counting session stays open while browsing other apps. The only time the session restarts is after the time period (one hour) has expired. This application gives you one hour to count ten kicks, all you have to do is press the center “button” every time you feel a kick or movement. If you make an account with the app, you can even save your results and go back to see how long it took to get ten kicks previously, which I think is a really cool feature. The app also allows you to set calendar or text reminders to remind you daily to count your kicks, which has been very helpful with pregnancy brain!
Okay guys, that rounds up my favorite apps throughout this pregnancy. What were some of your favorite apps that you used during pregnancy? What were your favorite features in those apps? Let us know in the comments below!