Whether you’re trying for a baby or are already pregnant, there are a whole range of pregnancy apps that are incredibly useful.
In such tech-savvy times, you can find out anything you need to know simply with the click of a button. The World Wide Web is full to the brim with vast sources of information and you’d be mad not to take advantage of it.
There are hundreds of apps available on the market to download straight to your Smartphone, as well as your iPad or iPod. Some show detailed images of how a baby develops and grows; others guide you on what to pack in your hospital bag- the world really is your oyster.
But with so much information and knowledge at your fingertips, how do you choose which app to use?
Here are our top 3 pregnancy apps that are highly recommended:
“This app was an absolute godsend when I found out I was pregnant. I couldn’t have got through my pregnancy without it! I loved being able to compare the baby’s size to fruit.”
This pregnancy application was created by Health & Parenting Ltd to give parents a comprehensive guide during the whole pregnancy.
It has a step-by-step guide to each week so you can imagine how your baby will look at week 12 and week 42. It guides you on how long your baby has grown, how much it weighs and it has a daily tip which comes in handy.
There are action plans so you can set yourself goals and the size guide is great because you can tell your friends and family exactly how big the baby is in comparison to food; whether it is equivalent to the size of a blueberry or a peach!
Find out your due date and then work out your baby’s star sign, and get super organised with the timeline chart. It is really helpful so you know when you should be having blood tests, dating scans and when you can find out the gender.
But that’s not it- the app is really supportive in that it offers advice on food, exercise, labour and a birth plan. Keep track of all your doctor’s visits and midwife appointments, and when you go into labour, you can even time your contractions.
You can find the Pregnancy App here
“This app was great for later pregnancy. I could find out all the medical information I needed on giving birth and the checklists were extremely handy when it came to packing mine and the baby’s hospital bags.”
This application is free to download and is really useful, especially in the third and final trimester of your pregnancy.
You can track your pregnancy week by week, upload images to the photo journal and you can have access to detailed information on preconception, pregnancy, giving birth, and specific advice on a 0-6 and 7-18 month old baby. So if you want to know about breastfeeding or food no-no’s this will definitely help.
Better still, you can download some Emma’s Diary vouchers and pick up three free gift packs for ‘bump to baby’, ‘mum-to-be’ and ‘new family’, as well as £200 of Argos money-off vouchers.
There is a product guide to help you make those important purchases of baby essentials, and extra features include an ovulation calculator and some handy checklists.
You can get the Emma’s Diary App here
“My husband and I just couldn’t agree on a name for our little girl. The app was really helpful because it was right there on my phone and saved carrying around a big heavy book. I really liked that it gave the meaning of the name because it helped us to come up with something extra special.”
When it comes to deciding a name for your unborn child, this app is extremely helpful. Whether you are having a boy or a girl, the database is second to none with over 400,000 additions in 2011 alone.
It has some of the most popular names around as well as their meanings and origin to help you pick the perfect name, but it also has more obscure names if you are looking for something a little bit different.
Download it for free and use the Top 100 and A-Z lists if you are struggling for inspiration, and if you still can’t think of a name, just shake your phone for a random suggestion.
Even if you know the name of your baby already, you can search for middle names and you can get regular updates on the latest baby name news.
For example, in April 2013 the top girls’ names were Amelia, Olivia, Ava and Isla and the top boys’ names were Jack, Oliver, Harry, Charlie and Jacob.
Get the app here
So there you have the top three pregnancy apps for all mum’s-to-be. They really are must-have tools for anyone expecting. Keep track of everything that is happening to you and get expert advice from reputable parenting resources.
That’s not to say that these apps are the only ones that can help you. Just check out your App store and find one that is right for you and your bump!
Now obviously all pregnancy apps, as well as the ones mentioned above, are mostly for fun so if you do have any concerns or questions about your pregnancy, make sure you discuss them with your midwife or local GP.