As the old saying goes, there’s an app for everything! When you’re expecting, there are plenty apps to help you out. Great pregnancy apps offer smart tips, important health information, and a whole lot more, including some unexpected surprises. Some are even designed with the needs of dads-to-be in mind! We’ve scoured Google Play and the App Store to bring you five worth trying.
Get in-depth insight from WebMD.
Most of us have used WebMD to check troublesome symptoms, read up on the latest health news, and more. Just like the popular website, the WebMD pregnancy app is a valuable resource. While it’s not as much fun as some of the other apps on our list, it does offer helpful checklists to keep you organized, questions to ask your doctor at your scheduled prenatal visits, and a whole lot more. If you’re pregnant with multiples, you’ll appreciate the app’s custom advice for moms who are expecting twins or triplets.
Tune in to your little one with My Baby’s Beat.
There’s a small charge to download My Baby’s Beat, but when you do, you’ll be able to use it to listen to your little one’s heartbeat any time. Sample recordings are included, and you can save your own recordings to share with others. The app developers mention that this tool is best for using from week 30 forward, and it’s currently available for iOS. Good news for Android users: There are some similar apps available in the Google Play store. Developers are quick to mention that apps like these are meant for creating a bond with your little one, and that they’re not intended to replace regular checkups with your healthcare provider.
Get Dad involved with Who’s Your Daddy.
Who’s Your Daddy? Most popular pregnancy apps put the sole focus on the mommy-to-be, making this a unique, must-have app for including dad and keeping him updated on the finer points of pregnancy. It’s the expectant dad’s complete guide to everything from pregnancy symptoms to taking care of baby when he or she arrives. While it’s a very helpful app, it’s also playful and lighthearted, complete with daily and weekly tips designed to offer support while eliciting a much-needed chuckle. This app is only available for iOS at the moment, and there’s a very small charge for downloading.
Stay fit with Pregnancy Exercises
Once your doctor has OK’d your plans to stay active, the FIT Pregnancy Workout pregnancy exercises app can help you find the workout that’s just right. Phots and step-by-step instructions are included, along with short explanations detailing how each exercise helps you during pregnancy and/or the labor and delivery process.
Stay safe with Mommy Meds.
A useful pregnancy app that you’ll also find helpful if you opt to breast-feed your baby, Mommy Meds lets you check over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs to find out if they are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This app was developed and is maintained by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and is updated each week. It’s particularly helpful for those times when your healthcare provider isn’t available.