The iPhone is an incredibly useful tool for pregnant women. You can track your baby's development, time your contractions, or even pick a baby name with one of these excellent pregnancy apps. When it comes to pregnancy, there is most definitely an app for that. Here are nine of my favorites.
BabyBump Pregnancy Pro (US$3.99) is a feature-packed app that will be useful throughout your entire nine months. The countdown tells you exactly where you are in your pregnancy and includes weekly updates on your baby’s development. Other features include user forums, a kick counter, and a contraction timer. The app also integrates with Facebook and Twitter so you can alert friends and family when the big day arrives.
The official app (Free) from the popular pregnancy book, "What to Expect When You’re Expecting," includes a good amount of information for free. The app has a due date calculator, pregnancy countdown, and week-by-week photos of your baby’s growth and development. There are also lots of interesting tidbits scattered throughout the app. For example, did you know that at 15 weeks your baby is the size of a navel orange?
BabyCenter’s My Pregnancy Today app (Free) is much like the pregnancy trackers discussed above, but it has some unique features. For one, it contains a number of videos, including some scarily realistic illustrations of babies in the womb and real birth videos. You can also join a due date club, manage your pregnancy to-do list, and find healthy recipes. And it is reassuring to know that all the content in this app is reviewed by a medical advisory board.
Sprout Pregnancy Essentials ($4.99) is a stunning app, complete with lifelike 3D illustrations of your baby’s development and a smooth, easy-to-use interface. It will also keep you organized during the next nine months, with an appointment tracker, to-do lists, weight tracker, kick counter, and contraction timer. You can also customize the app with your baby’s name and due date.
Browsing lists of baby names can be overwhelming and, well, boring. That’s why I like Baby Names Wizard ($0.99), a pregnancy app that has a variety of ways to discover the best baby names. You can browse, search by meaning or origin, and see the most popular names. My favorite part of the app, however, is the random name generator, which helps you discover names you might not have considered otherwise. The interface is really cute too.
Once you get to the labor stage of your pregnancy, a contraction app like Contraction Master ($0.99) can be invaluable in letting you know when it is time to head to the hospital. The app is very simple and easy to use -- just tap the screen once when your contraction starts and again when it ends. The Contraction Master app will automatically calculate the frequency and duration of your contractions. You can also email the entire history of your contractions to your doctor or midwife.
Pregnancy can be a stressful time in any woman’s life, but the Positive Pregnancy app ($2.99) can help you cope with the stress and anxiety. This meditation app is designed specifically for pregnant women. It includes positive affirmations and several relaxation techniques to help you relax and sleep better.
Pilates for Pregnancy ($9.99) is an easy way to keep active over the course of your pregnancy. It was designed by Sarah Picot, a certified pilates instructor and the force behind the Prenatal Pilates DVDs. There are specific pilates workouts for each trimester, complete with illustrated instructions. The routines are more intensive in the first trimester and focus on relaxation for the latter half of your pregnancy.
You can shop for everything from strollers to pacifiers using the Babies “R” Us iPhone app (Free). Purchases can be made directly from the app, and it also includes user ratings and reviews for a variety of products. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t include optimized access to your baby registry, but that feature is coming soon, according to the developers.