A close friend of mine recently announced that she is pregnant. She is the first one of our group of friends that is going got have a baby. And, after much celebration and chit-chat, we soon realized that none of our group has any experience with pregnancies. Apart from advising her to take it easy and to stay away from alcohol, we just didn’t know what advice to give. So, without further ado, I decided to find the best apps my friend could use on her phone to help her through her pregnancy. After doing some research on the web, I came across a site called AppGrooves, with a list of the top 10 pregnancy apps.
I tested them out to see what kind of features they offer, and I reviewed my top 3 favorites.
Pregnancy + – Rating: 4.6, Downloads: 10M+
My first pick, Pregnancy +, is great if you want to learn everything you can about being pregnant. I found it to be super informative, as you can find everything from visualizations of how your baby looks like week after week to daily articles that help you recognize the early signs of pregnancy. I also liked that you can easily keep track of your weight changes, baby kicks, OB appointments and even write your own notes in a personal diary. Another plus I found is that you can access a list with thousands of baby names, so you can find some inspiration if you need help naming your baby.
Although I loved how informative Pregnancy + is, I would have liked to have seen more options for taking health notes, such as symptoms that may show up during the pregnancy. While I didn’t see an option for easily annotating health symptoms and the like, there is a personal diary section that you can use for writing any information you want.
Pros: Highly informative, baby progress visualizations, track weight, list of baby names.
Cons: No option for keeping track or annotating health symptoms.
Overall: Find out everything you need to know about your pregnancy but look elsewhere if you want to track your health symptoms.
Ovia Pregnancy Tracker & Baby Countdown Calendar – Rating: 4.8, Downloads: 1M+
My second pick is Ovia Pregnancy Tracker and Baby Countdown Calendar. What I really liked about it is the variety of pregnancy tracking features. You can track everything about your health during the pregnancy, including pregnancy symptoms, mood swings, sleep, activity and more. I also like that you can easily keep track of pregnancy milestones and even track your baby bump photos too. The calendar feature is also really helpful as you can easily set and keep track of your OB appointments. I also found the baby size comparisons to be really fun as you get updates with how big your baby is compared to the size of toys, food, animals and pastries.
The only drawback I found is that sometimes the app takes a bit of time to load. However, once it does, I found it to run smoothly and fast. However, the few extra seconds are not that big of a deal, especially considering the amount of valuable information you get on your pregnancy.
Pros: Comprehensive pregnancy tracker, calendar reminders, baby size comparisons.
Cons: Takes a bit of time to load.
Overall: Great for keeping track of every detail of your pregnancy, but sometimes you might need to be a bit patient while you wait for it to load.
Pregnancy Tracker & Countdown to Baby Due Date – Rating: 4.7, Downloads: 10M+
Last but not least, my third pick is Pregnancy Tracker and Countdown to Baby Due Date. I particularly like how you get valuable tips and information tailored to your specific pregnancy stage. I like that you can find everything from pregnancy articles and videos to a pregnancy calculator and even recipe ideas to make sure you are getting all the right nutrients to your baby. The community forums are also really helpful as you can find answers to commonly asked questions and express your own concerns to receive help and advice. I also liked the fact that you can access checklists for an easy way to make sure that you are on top of everything. Another plus I found is that there is valuable information to help you through the first year after your baby is born, so you won’t need to run around finding another app to help you get started on parenthood.
Although I was able to easily navigate and find my way through most of the features, I found the community forum section to be a bit confusing at first. However, after spending a few minutes with it, I quickly learned my way through the forum.
Pros: Personalized tips and information, nutrition tips, community forum, checklists, information on baby’s first year.
Cons: Community forum may seem a bit confusing at first.
Overall: Stay on top of your pregnancy with nutrition tips, checklists, and advice from other expecting mothers, although the community forum can seem a bit tricky to navigate at first.
So, these are my top 3 favorite pregnancy apps. When I first started my search, I really didn’t know what to expect. However, after doing some research and testing different apps, I was very happy with my final selection. I know my friend will be thrilled with any of these choices. And if you are expecting, then I know you will too! Congratulations, and have a great pregnancy!