Like most people, my phone plays an integral role in my day to day life. It goes far beyond just simply a way to communicate. I can run my life off of it through various apps and functions. So when we decided to grow our family it was only natural for me to turn to apps whether it was for help conceiving or keeping tabs on developmental milestones. Here are my favorite apps for new and expecting moms.
When Matt and I talked about getting pregnant, this was one of the first apps I started using. I read several articles that helped me understand the best time to conceive. This allows you to track your cycle and after 3 months can forecast your next one. You can check the calendar for the days you’ll be ovulating and your most fertile days. It also allows you to record and track symptoms discreetly from your phone.
Ovia Pregnancy is the app I used most throughout my pregnancy. This app helped me track the baby’s development and body changes that could potentially occur. I also loved reading the daily blog post written within the app as well as the daily reminder to take my prenatal vitamins. Throughout my pregnancy, I was also able to put in my doctor’s visits in the app, take photos, and make notes on how I’m feeling throughout my pregnancy.
What to Expect Pregnancy App
When I was pregnant with Sebastian, this was my most frequently used app. This app has a bit of everything with an ovulation calendar, due date calculator, baby products, photo journal, and registry builder. I just updated the app to reflect Hugo’s due date and they now have daily updates on his development. Another feature I loved was the daily email from the community. The email shared experiences from other moms expecting around the same date. This was something I enjoyed reading late at night, especially with the COVID-19 epidemic. It gave me a lot of insight into what was going on around the world.
My Baby’s Beat
$4.99, available for iOS
This app gives you the ability to hear your baby’s heartbeat. It’s incredible. This is an app I used previously with Sebastian. We still have all of his heartbeats saved to our phone. I highly recommend downloading after week 25 of your pregnancy. It can take some time for the heartbeat to be strong enough to be heard with the app.
Full Term Pregnancy App
Every expecting mom should have this app. This is how I tracked my contractions when I started to go into labor. I Love this app because it was almost 100% accurate as to when I’d start to have my next contractions. As they grew stronger, it also cues me to head into the hospital. I went into the hospital when I had strong contractions for over an hour every 4 minutes. You’ll also need to know this information when you get to the hospital. It’s one of the first things they’ll ask you once you arrive.
Free, available for iOS
Sleep is so important but especially when you’re pregnant. Pillow uses your Apple Watch to analyze your sleep cycles. For those without an Apple Watch, you can use the app by laying your phone on the mattress close to your pillow. It acts as a smart alarm clock to wake you up during the lightest sleep stage. You can also record major sleep issues such as snoring, sleep apnea, or even talking. The app helps you analyze your sleep quality and trends over time.
Think of this as a networking app for moms. It connects women at each stage of the journey whether they’re trying to conceive, pregnant, or wrangling a little one. It has a swipe and connect feature to help you find others to chat with. You can also join groups or neighborhoods. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to ask for advice and give some yourself.
It’s so important as a mom to take some time for yourself even if some days it’s just a few minutes. There are are so many stressors that you need to take the time to hit the reset button. Calm is a guided meditation app with an original daily calm each day, sleep stories, and meditation programs.
We love Pampers. As anyone with kids knows, expenses add up fast. You feel like you’re constantly buying diapers, wipes, etc. This reward app lets you earn points you can redeem for coupons, gift cards, diapers, baby gear, and more. It’s really easy to use. You just scan the codes on the inside of your diaper packs. For every 3 scans, you’re guaranteed Instant Rewards.
WebMD Pregnancy App
Free, available for iOS
This app lets you track your baby’s growth and development each week. It’s loaded with tons of articles and videos to keep you informed throughout your pregnancy. The app also has a symptom tracker along with the ability to record your blood pressure and weight. You can also keep count of all those little baby kicks. As you get closer to your due date the contraction timer is really helpful. Don’t forget to jot down notes in the journal and take pictures for the belly photo album.
The Wonder Weeks
The newest app we’re using with Baby Hugo is to track his developmental leaps. It share a summary of what your baby could be experiencing that particular week, it also gives you a list for you to check off the change — this is great to show your pediatrician. What I love most about this app is the detail of each change. As a mom, this helps me understand how to better attend to the changes he’s experiencing. This week, Hugo is experiencing his first official leap, known as the world of changing sensations. Matt and I have been more alert on how to attend to him, our biggest change has been seeing him cry tears. He’s also been following me more with his eyes when I walk by or move around. Highly recommend!
I hope you found this list helpful. What are some of your favorite apps for new and expecting moms?