As a mama-to-be, you’ll naturally be curious about all the changes happening to your body and your baby over the course of your pregnancy. Fortunately, we live in a time when there is a wealth of information at our fingertips, delivered straight to our smartphones in the form of mobile apps! But with so many options out there, what is the best pregnancy app?
Throughout my pregnancy, my mom and grandmothers marveled at the information and technology made available to us these days. From week-by-week measurements to 4D and 5D ultrasound imaging – we are lucky to have access to all that we do!
But, there are so many apps out there that it can be challenging to determine which one will be worth your time. That’s why I compiled a list of the best pregnancy apps for new mamas.
Best Pregnancy Apps
One of the first things I did when I found out I was expecting was looked for a pregnancy tracker app. I’m not going to lie – I probably downloaded about ten. But, I only ended up using two or three for the duration of my pregnancy.
Not only did I want to know the latest with the little bean growing inside of me, but I wanted to feel knowledgeable about what was happening with my body (ahead of time, if I could manage). If fatigue and morning sickness were to be expected, I wanted to know.
The following are some of the best FREE pregnancy apps available, from tracking your baby’s growth to key pregnancy advice. Plus a bonus that isn’t free, but may be worth the cost.
1. What To Expect Pregnancy App
The What To Expect pregnancy app was one of the first I downloaded when I found out I was pregnant, and if you’ve already started looking, I am sure it’s up there on your results. And for good reason!
This app is great if you like visual comparisons, easy-to-consume information, and a little motivation from time to time.
What I love most about this app is its video content. Each week, you get a video update from Heidi Murkoff (the author of the OG book, What To Expect When You’re Expecting) explaining each developmental milestone your baby is hitting as well as how mama might be feeling.
You also get videos that answer common questions such as what a “regular” bump looks like at various stages, foods to eat and avoid, safe prenatal exercises, how to get your baby to move in utero, and more.
There is also access to an entire community of other moms-to-be where you can browse through or contribute to various discussions around pregnancy and childbirth.
Pros: Great video content customized by the week. Very user-friendly with a simple interface.
Cons: The weekly video content isn’t always consistent with your weekly update when reporting the baby’s measurements. Though, this could be a discrepancy regarding measuring crown to rump versus crown to toes.
2. Pregnancy +
Keep track of your baby’s growth, kicks, and weight, and gain insight into how they are developing from multiple angles! While many apps offer a 3D interactive experience these days, Pregnancy+ is one of the best.
Of all the apps, Pregnancy + has the most realistic graphics, which can make for an interesting experience. You can even choose what they look like!
Pregnancy + boasts having everything you need in one app, from a personal diary and pregnancy weight log to diet, exercise, and labor info, and a baby shopping list. This app really supports you throughout every stage of pregnancy and beyond!
Pros: High-quality graphics for the most realistic representation of your baby in the womb.
3. The Bump
The Bump’s interface is one of my favorites because it is not only attractive but also really user-friendly, making it easy to get exactly what you are looking for.
This app will guide you through your entire pregnancy, from how your baby is measuring to the changes happening to you, mama. Like Pregnancy +, it includes a 3D representation of your baby’s growth but also has the added visual of the mom’s body and where the baby is sitting relative to the rest of her organs.
Additionally, you’ll get Daily Reads, a Daily Fact, product recommendations, a planner that will remind you of important appointments such as your Glucose screening (which should happen between weeks 24 and 28), and the ability to track your registries.
Pros: Very interactive and user-friendly. Attractive interface.
BabyCenter is an all-on-on pregnancy app that you can use all the way from when you start keeping track of your ovulation, through your pregnancy, and up until you are counting out your contractions. If you prefer a one-stop-shop, this is an excellent choice!
Like What To Expect, BabyCenter offers articles, videos, and relevant topics based on where you are in your pregnancy and what you are currently experiencing. You can get all of your baby’s measurements, create a pregnancy journal (with bump pics!), search baby names, and learn all about your little one’s development.
Additionally, once you have given birth, BabyCenter will deliver parenting advice for a year!
Pros: No need to download multiple apps as this is a one-stop-shop.
5. Ovia Pregnancy
Ovia is timeline-based, offering supporting articles based on your stage of pregnancy and the data you enter. If you prefer a personalized approach in how you track your baby’s growth and development, this may be the pregnancy app for you.
In addition to tracking your pregnancy milestones, you get the option to find and log baby names, view your little one “in the womb,” compare your baby’s size to produce, animals, or Parisian pastries, see the actual size of your baby’s hands and feet, and more!
Pros: Ovia also has a Fertility & Cycle Tracking App which may make transitioning to their Pregnancy Tracker preferable to some.
Cons: The interface isn’t as user-friendly or attractive as some others.
6. Glow Nurture
I used Glow to track my period for years while we were trying to conceive, so it was a natural transition for me to start using their pregnancy tracker a well.
Glow Nurture truly allows you to customize your tracking experience by including a health log, a due date calculator, an appointment planner, and personalized health insights based on your symptoms and data.
There is also access to a community of other app users who can be a wealth of information when you want to ask questions or compare notes.
Pros: Easy to migrate from Glow period tracker to Glow Nurture once you become pregnant.
Cons: The ads and community content can sometimes feel a bit spammy.
BONUS: Sprout Pregnancy
I added this app as a bonus because it isn’t totally free. You DO get a two-week free trial of the Premium app, but after the trial, you will either have to upgrade for $4.99 or continue to use some limited features.
Not only does it include that 3D interactive graphic that we love, but it offers real-to-life movements timed to your exact stage of pregnancy. You also get an easy-to-use pregnancy journal that you can convert to a PDF and print out if you wish.
I discovered Sprout Pregnancy a little late in the game but will definitely use it in future pregnancies. I really love the weight tracker, kick counter, and contraction timer included in the app.
Pros: Useful tracking features for weight, kicks, and contractions.
Cons: Only free for two weeks. Then, you will either have to pay to upgrade or downgrade to have limited features
Keep in mind that pregnancy tracking apps are not a substitute for professional medical advice from your OB/GYN.
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