Mobile Apps for the Expectant Mom
For expectant moms with a little one on the way, staying organized can be a challenge. On top of the symptoms and health considerations, there are doctor’s appointments to remember, supplies to buy, classes to take and arrangements to make. It’s also exciting to check in occasionally to see how your baby is developing and note when important milestones are reached.
Here are a few helpful apps to ensure a smooth nine months for expectant moms and dads:
Long gone are the days of flipping through a baby name book! Navigating choices has never been easier with apps like Baby Names (free on Android) and Baby Name Finder by SureBaby (free on Apple). Both apps feature databases with thousands of name options to explore, including the origin and meaning of each name. Save your favorites to review later as decision time nears.
My Pregnancy Today by Baby Center (free on Apple or Android) is a robust tracking app with weekly tips for parents and daily updates on how your little one is growing, as well as preparation checklists and a nutrition guide. Baby Center also offers an iPad app called Birth Class, a free labor and delivery course that parents can watch from the comfort of home. Pregnancy Tracker by www.WhatToExpect.com (free on Apple) shares intel from the best-selling book right on your device.
Sprout ($3.99 on Apple) is a top-rated pregnancy app with not only a progress tracker, but also an organizer function that allows users to seamlessly input doctor’s appointments and other important engagements occurring over the 9-month stretch. The developer, Med ART Studios, also offers several apps that will come in handy once the baby arrives, including Baby Feeding Tracker ($2.99 on Apple) and Baby Diaper Tracker ($1.99 on Apple).
One of the biggest questions for expectant moms is “ How will I know I’m in labor and when should I notify my doctor?” Contraction Monitor Free (free on Apple) or Pregnancy Contraction Timer (free on Android) makes it easy for parents to use their device like a stopwatch to record contractions. The apps keep records of each contraction to show labor progress, which is helpful information to share with your doctor when the big day arrives.
Sculpt My Pregnancy ($3.99 on Apple) provides users with safe daily stretch and exercise recommendations to help moms stay active and prioritize physical fitness and healthy weight gain during pregnancy.
Overland Park mom Brenda Hill knows a thing or two about apps in her role as Public Relations Manager, Kansas/Missouri Region, for Verizon Wireless.