Whether you’re pregnant with your first baby or your last baby, you want to soak in as much information as possible about your growing baby and your changing body. Back in the day, women used to rely on books to gain knowledge about their pregnancy. Or before that – other moms and Old Wives’ Tales! Now that we’re in the modern era of technology, we have all of that crucial information right at our fingertips. All we have to do is pull out our smartphones, and we’re able to learn anything we want about pregnancy!
One way to do that is by installing a few pregnancy apps that will get you through those 9 months. Below are my favorite pregnancy apps!
Ovia has a few apps that are helpful for hopeful moms, moms-to-be and new moms. When I was trying to conceive this baby, I depended on the Ovia Fertility app for those 15+ heartbreaking months. It was like my TTC for Dummies guide! As soon as I saw two pink lines on a test, I hopped on over to the Ovia Pregnancy app that I’ve been dying to use. I think it’s safe to say that it’s my absolute favorite pregnancy app, and if I had to choose only one to take up space on my phone, this would be it.
So, why do I love it so much? Like with the Ovia Fertility app, this is seriously my Pregnancy for Dummies guide. It is chock full of facts and tidbits about my pregnancy and my baby. Every day, they send you a new fact about baby so you can learn more about him or her. It’s a really sweet feeling discovering that baby’s eyes are opening or that baby’s growing hair.
Additionally, Ovia Pregnancy also posts healthy recipes and pregnancy suggestions and remedies on the app’s newsfeed. Want to know how to relieve heartburn? Or how to sign-up for a baby registry? They have an article in their app about it that can answer your questions! There’s also a community section in the app where you can ask or answer questions anonymously, but that’s one feature I don’t use or have much experience with.
One of my most beloved features of the Ovia Pregnancy app is seeing how much baby’s hand is growing on a weekly basis. Newborn hands are already so teeny tiny. It’s hard to believe they were once much, much smaller!
Ovia Pregnancy’s most recognized feature is their weekly comparison photos. You can choose which theme you’d prefer (fruit & veggies, Parisian bakery, fun & games, and weird-but-cute animals), but the popular choice is the fun & games theme. Comparing baby’s size to fruit is so old school! Now I can find out that my baby is the size of a rollerblade at 28 weeks gestation. It doesn’t get much funnier or cooler than that!
What to Expect
My runner-up pregnancy app that I strongly recommend installing is What to Expect. This is another extremely popular app, and for good reason! Like Ovia Pregnancy, it’s full of incredible knowledge and helpful articles. Each week they give you a digest of articles that might interest you with where you are in your pregnancy, along with a short 1-2 minute video of the founder of WTE telling you all about your upcoming week. I love watching these videos with Dennis every week. Reading about your baby’s development is one thing, but seeing it in video is another story!
My favorite feature of the What to Expect app is their Community section. This is a lot more organized than Ovia Pregnancy’s Community section. As you can see, I can easily find the threads that I’ve created or bookmarked, even months later. One tip for those who might be interested in the Community is to have thick skin. Some of the ladies there are brutally honest, and sometimes to the point of being mean. That’s just the way the internet goes. I choose to not engage in those conversations or even be dragged into them. I’m only interested in opinions and answers for pregnancy topics, as well as helping out others who have issues they need addressed.
This is another app that I’ve been hearing wonderful things about, but just got around to installing. While I definitely prefer Ovia Pregnancy and What to Expect, Glow Nurture has it’s perks. For starters, the front page of the app is the most visually appealing since it has a lifelike photo of baby at the top. As cute as fruit and rollerblades are, nothing compares to baby! After all, that’s what I’m growing inside of me and will have in my arms in a few short months!
Glow Nurture’s pregnancy log is also a lot more thorough and user-friendly. All you have to do is either click on the check mark for ‘yes’ or the x for ‘no’. It stores your answers and provides insights based on those answers. This is especially useful if you complete your log every single day.
Like with the other two apps, Glow Nurture also has a Community section for it’s members. I like that it has a poll at the top, which is always fun to do and see how others answered. I’ve only had the app for a short while, but I still prefer What to Expect’s Community section over the others.
My favorite feature about Glow Nurture that I haven’t seen in other apps are their hospital bag and baby registry checklists. It’s so handy to have a checklist right on my phone! I haven’t even started preparing my hospital bag, so I’ll be referring to this checklist when that day comes. Part of me is procrastinating packing it because that means my pregnancy is almost over!
BabyCenter is one app that I decided to delete, but mainly because I only used it for their Community. It’s already a mainstay in my tabs on my laptop, and I felt it was redundant to have it on both my phone and my laptop. The front page for the BabyCenter app is pretty boring and isn’t much to look at.
I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m even recommending this app, huh?
The tools section is why! It includes quite a few essentials for those who are nearing their due date, like the kick counter, contraction timer and birth preferences. I’m grateful to have all of these tools at my disposal, and it’s why I decided to re-install the app!
You can also upload a “bumpie“, or find out if a particular food or medication is safe during pregnancy. I think I ask Dr.Google if something is safe at least once a week. Now I can just whip out my BabyCenter app!
As I mentioned before, I use the BabyCenter Community quite frequently. If you prefer to do your internet’ing on your phone, then this could be the deciding factor on whether you want to install this app. It’s more user-friendly than What to Expect’s Community section, plus you get to have your own signature, use reactions and hug other people’s posts.
What is/was YOUR favorite pregnancy app?