Yay, you're preggo! Now what? Download a few pregnancy apps to kick off your pregnancy with confidence.
Whether you're pregnant for the first or fifth time, you'll want to have the best tools at your fingertips to stay on top of each trimester in a personalized way. Not only can certain pregnancy apps provide informative entertainment, like scrolling through thousands of baby names for inspiration or tracking the stage of your baby's development in utero, but there are also tools within different pregnancy apps for Mom to track various appointments, vitamin schedules, timelines regarding prepping for baby's arrival, and even check in with a doctor remotely.
Not to mention, more women than ever before are deferring to pregnancy apps to meet other pregnant women to relate to. Using apps to build a community of support and social relief through humor, shared experiences, encouragement, and communication can be a game-changer, specifically for women who feel like they're dealing with pregnancy on their own.
So, if you're pregnant and dying to know what apps you'll really want to have on your phone for the duration of your pregnancy, read on and set aside some time to download and play with your new apps! Here are our top picks.
Free, available for iOS
Best for Chilling Out
If you've been stressing out over your pregnancy, you need to download this app ASAP! Expectful will remind you to meditate and take a deep breath when it's needed. You can actually download it if you're trying to get pregnant, too, because the app includes meditation journeys through fertility.
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Best for Meeting Other Moms
Make some new mom friends! This causal app is an informative gateway to a community of real moms and moms-to-be who are ready to spill all their best tips and tricks. You can watch 3D videos of your growing baby and tune into vlogs by real women. Don't forget to read the magazine-style content and take some prenatal classes while you're swiping around!
Best for Staying Focused on Pregnancy Health
This app was literally designed to nurture every preggo who downloads it. Keep a health awareness log, research your symptoms, socialize with other pregnant women with the same due date, and track your pregnancy appointments in a planner. Plus, two new features are coming soon — a baby-kick counter and a contraction timer!
Best for Entertaining Guides
This might just be the pregnancy app with the cutest guides ever — and they're informative, too. The app comes loaded with entertaining tips from top experts, week-by-week info about your growing baby, mommy yoga, womb visualizations, and more.
Free, available for iOS
Best for Legit Health Information
With this app comes access to over 900 doctor-approved articles around all-things pregnancy. You can also find plenty of maternity support and advice in the WebMD pregnancy community. Plus, you'll love the included belly tracker and pregnancy journal!
Free, available for iOS
Best for Deciding on a Name
Don't you just want to go to bed scrolling through endless amounts of baby names until you find the perfect one? We feel you. This app has, you guessed it, 50,000 names to inspire you to choose the right one.
Best for Weekly Pregnancy Comparisons
This app features an addicting week-by-week pregnancy comparison guide that compares the stage of your pregnancy with an illustration of a cute fruit. Each day, the app is updated with fresh editorial content by the staff at The Bump. There are other features, too, like the ability to ask questions to the editors, medical experts, and other real moms. Don't forget to document your pregnancy by utilizing the weekly photo albums!
Best for Taking Pictures
You know those really cute stickers on Snapchat? Well, this photo app features the pregnancy and baby version of those. If you love sharing your pics on social media, download this app — STAT. The app even includes milestone artwork to layer on your photos in addition to beautiful filters.
$0.99, available for iOS
Best to Use With Friends
This is hysterical. Just like fantasy football, your friends and family members can start placing bets on your pregnancy. There's a point system, so the friend who guesses the right gender will get 100 points, and the cousin who guesses the first letter of the name will get 25 points, and so on!
Best for Mom's Wellness
Don't forget about you in the midst of all the excitement over the bun in your oven. Ovia's pregnancy app shifts the focus back to your health and wellness during these critical 40 weeks. Get personalized feedback based on your age, BMI, and history — then sync it with your fitness tracker to import activity and sleep data. Use the food log to help keep your weight gain under control, and set up notifications that serve as friendly reminders to take your prenatal vitamins.
$0.99, available for iOS
Best Time Lapse Bump App
This app was created by celeb dads: Justin Baldoni of Jane the Virgin, Travis Clark of We The Kings, and Travis Van Winkle of The Last Ship. This high-tech app provides a unique 180-degree angle for bump photos, which are then transformed into a time-lapse video you can share on your social media accounts!
$4.99, available for iOS
You don't have to wait for your next doctor's appointment to hear your baby's heartbeat. Simply lie down and hold your phone's microphone over your bump to eavesdrop on your baby any time you want. Not sure what to listen for? The app includes sample sounds so you know for sure. You can save recordings so your partner can listen, too.
Best for Community
Connect with other moms-to-be experiencing the same excitement and joy — as well as the aches and pains of pregnancy — through the social network built into this comprehensive app. Global forums connect moms-to-be from around the world, where you can ask questions, share stories, and compare notes.
$2.99, available for iOS
Best for the Dad-to-Be
Here's an app for first-time daddies. It features the usual pregnancy tracking tools — weekly updates, a development timeline, a hospital bag checklist, and a contraction counter — but there's a twist! Bits of dad-humor are woven into each feature. The helpful hints let Dad know exactly what to do (hello, foot rub!), while daily reminders give him insight into what his preggo partner is going through every step of the way.
Best for Pregnancy and Beyond
Based on the research of Thomas Hale, Ph.D., an expert on medication safety during pregnancy and nursing, this reference app allows you to search by name or scan the barcodes of prescription meds and over-the-counter drugs. It's never been easier to find out whether certain medications are safe or not to take while expecting or nursing. The extensive database includes thousands of meds.
Best for Traveling Light
The trusted name in pregnancy prep is now on your smartphone, so you can ditch the popular reference book when you're on the go. Access author Heidi Murkoff's reassuring advice at any time! The feature-filled app also includes a daily newsfeed of health tips and pregnancy-related news. Weekly videos bring the book's pages to life, illustrating your changing body and fetal development.
Best Record Keeper
Integrated tabs make it easy for you to preserve special memories during your pregnancy. Capture belly photos and pair them with your ultrasound pictures to create pages you can print and add to your baby's memory book or photo album. Once pregnancy-brain kicks in, helpful extras give you a place to jot down appointment reminders and questions for your doctor.
Best Contraction Counter
Full Term's stopwatch-like simplicity lets you time contractions with just the touch of a button. Press green when a contraction starts and red when it stops. The app automatically calculates and tracks the frequency and duration of contractions, so you can let you doctor know exactly how far apart they are. This will help determine how quickly (or slowly) you'll need to hustle to the hospital for delivery.
Did you know your baby is the size of a blueberry at seven weeks? This beautiful app compares the size of the fetus to a similarly-sized food at each stage of growth. The stunning week-by-week images appear as a 2-D or 3-D ultrasound, or you can opt for an animated video to watch the fetus float in a dreamy golden glow.