Mamas we don’t need to tell you that pregnancy can be an emotional and nerve-wracking time. With so many different things to keep track of and endless questions springing to mind (plus the inevitable baby brain), it can get a little overwhelming. Luckily, we live in an ultra tech savvy world with a plethora of information literally at our fingertips. So whether you’re trying to keep your doctor’s appointments organised or looking for bump-friendly workout tips, we’ve rounded up our favourite pregnancy apps that will help you transition into parenthood like a pro!
We’ve all tried to save the extra hundred or so dollars from going to the doctor by WebMD-ing our discomforts first, so we know you’re going to get a lot of use out of this free app. This popular medical reference website includes information on week-by-week development, a checklist of suggested questions for prenatal visits, a weight tracker, symptom tracker and kick counter, and even a contraction timer. The quality of information and range of sources is highly reliable, drawing on expertise from doctors, with articles having been reviewed by MDs. You might even start calling this your pregnancy bible. Mind you, these are no replacement for formal, prenatal care so do be sure to check in regularly with your doctor!
Pregnancy ++ (iOS, Android)
When you click on the Pregnancy ++ icon, you’re greeted by a dreamy interface, which will immediately help put your over-worked pregnant mind at ease. Easy to navigate, this app helps you to track your pregnancy daily and weekly, make checklists and appointment reminders, and count bubba’s kicks. Functional and convenient, just how we like it!
Getting through 9 months of pregnancy is tough on anyone, but the best part is knowing you’re not in it alone. BabyBump’s community forums and support groups cover all sorts of situations, such as military families, high-risk pregnancies and even sections just for dads. You can connect with other mamas-to-be, bond over food cravings or figure out what the heck those symptoms mean. With daily pregnancy tips, week-by-week fetal development information and a daily journal for measuring symptoms, cravings, body weight and personal memories, this nifty little app get two thumbs way up from us!
As your bun-in-the-oven continues to bake, this physician-recommended app can help track your personal pregnancy timeline with a due date countdown and customisable info on baby’s kicks. Pregnancy Sprout even allows you to post content on Facebook, so you can share the excitement and anticipation with family and friends.
Looking to get pregnant? Don’t sweat the small stuff because Ovia Fertility can do all the planning for you. It includes an ovulation calculator, period tracker, menstrual calendar and diary app that can help you plan for conception. Developed by Harvard scientists and fertility experts, unique algorithms are used to predict when you’re likely going to get a + on the stick, so hopefully you’ll also be able to download the other apps very soon!
We all know mamas are naturally protective, so it’s understandable that you’ll want to be extra vigilant when it comes to what you’re putting in your body, especially when pregnant. Well, you’ll have one less thing to worry thanks to MommyMeds, which will help determine whether your prescription or over-the-counter drugs are safe to use while you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. With a database of over 20,000 listed drugs and medications, you can breathe a sigh of relief to know that your baby is safe and sound.
It’s essential you squeeze in all the extra Zs you can get before the new arrival. But with all the changes happening to your body, sleep can sometimes be elusive. Contrary to its name, Noisli provides soothing and natural sounds of rain, forests, bonfires and the ocean to put your wandering mind at rest. Drift off to dreamland as your favourite sounds play for as long as you like with Noisli’s easy-to-use timer. After all, Sassy Mamas need their lullabies too.
Living in a city like Singers, it’s easy to get caught up in everyday worries and stresses. What if we told you that stress hormones can actually penetrate the placenta and affect the baby? Banish stress, learn to be more present and enjoy every moment more through mindfulness and meditation! Developed by Andy Puddicome, mindfulness app Headspace includes short 10 minute sessions of meditation exercises that’ll help you clear your head and gain some peace in the midst of all the craziness. Check out our chat about mindfulness with Andy!
Did you know: when you’re pregnant, you’re actually more flexible because of an increase in the hormone relaxin? But before you attempt any extreme poses, take it slow and ease into making yoga part of your daily routine. Yoga Mama offers safe and guided prenatal yoga workouts that include breathing and relaxation exercises. Being city mice, efficiency tends to be a top priority, which is why we love their selection of short or long practices (which still only take up an hour of your day). Easy to follow with great tutorials, you’ll have no excuse not to stay in tip-top shape for upcoming labour.
Pilates for Pregnancy
Wondering how those celeb mums bounce back so fast with their banging post-baby bods? Many a mama practice pilates throughout their pregnancies to stay fit and keep the extra baby weight from packing on. It’s super important to stay active and you can do it for free with Pilates for Pregnancy, plus the workouts are tailored to meet the needs and limitations of each trimester.
Baby Names (Andriod, iOS)
One of the first major decisions as new parents is deciding what to name your new bundle of joy. Baby Names will be a great help when making your final choice. You might be a little overwhelmed with more than 30,000 baby names to choose from, but with each name’s meaning, origin and pronunciation included, we guarantee you’ll find the perfect name for new bubba.
Who’s Your Daddy
Let’s not forget about the other half of the parenting dream-team. This app is catered towards first-time papas because we know they’re feeling stressed just like you. Who’s Your Daddy comes with many of the same tools as popular pregnancy trackers, such as weekly updates, a pregnancy timeline, daily tips, a hospital bag checklist, a baby name generator and contraction counter. It also offers some lighthearted humour written by men for men!