Whether it’s your first baby or your fourth, pregnancy apps can make your life as a mom-to-be a whole lot easier. A good pregnancy app will tell you more than just whether your baby is the size of a blueberry or an avocado. You can get regular updates on your baby’s growth and your changing body, and get answers to questions like when does morning sickness stop? and “Why do I have this random pain in my leg?”
“Pregnancy apps are a wonderful resource for parents,” said Dr. Steve Rad, Los Angeles-based ob-gyn, TODAY Parents. “The apps contain information from your journey, starting before pregnancy, through pregnancy, after birth and beyond. They even have helpful ovulation calculators and helpful guides for women and families trying to conceive.”
These 18 pregnancy apps accompany you through every phase of pregnancy up to the new mother life.
Best all in one app
BabyCenter: You will find a large library of articles and videos about pregnancy and the app can help you get pregnant until you bring your baby home from the hospital.
“This app has an extensive Medical Advisory Board of experienced physicians and professionals to ensure that (it) provides the most complete and accurate information,” Rad said.
BabyCenter is free for Apple iOS and Android operating systems.
Best app for first time moms
The bump: With a planner to help you prepare for every appointment with your doctor, 3D visualizations of your baby’s weekly growth, and daily items covering every aspect of pregnancy, The Bump is designed for a first-time mom. You can also get real-time answers to your questions from experts and other moms. The Bump is free for iOS and Android.
The best app to find out about everything related to pregnancy
What to expect: With daily content created to make you feel up to date on all aspects of pregnancy, this app is a moms fan favorite.
“It is one of the longest known and most trusted resources on pregnancy and we have been recommending your book to our patients for years! Your information will be … reviewed and reviewed by a panel of experts and consultants,” Rad said.
What to Expect is free for iOS and Android.
Best app for a mental health focus
Expectant: Discover weekly meditations that focus on each step of pregnancy. There are meditations to get through sleepless nights, reduce stress and connect with babies when they arrive. There’s even a search option for prenatal and postnatal fitness classes, group meditations, and group support sessions near you. Expectful subscriptions are $12.99 per month or $69.99 per year.
Best app for second mothers
Pregnancy and Due Date Tracker: For the seasoned mom, you need an app that helps you juggle everything: keeping track of your doctor appointments and upcoming tests, as well as checklists for all the things you need to do before the baby arrives. This no-frills app helps you stay organized when the mother’s brain and the brain of pregnancy collide. The price of pregnancy and due date trackers ranges from $1.99 to $12.99 depending on the subscription you choose.
Best third trimester app
Pregnancy Assistant: While this app offers an ovulation tracker and monthly baby progress, it really comes in handy during the last few weeks of pregnancy. You can track your baby’s movements and your contractions once labor begins. The ad-free app also allows you to track your ovulation, which is helpful when trying to conceive. Pregnancy Assistant costs 99 cents with in-app purchase options.
Best app for moms who love to keep a diary
sprouting pregnancy: Sprout’s next-gen 3D interaction lets you see lifelike movements, kicks and developments at every stage of pregnancy, and this app doubles as a pregnancy journal that can be turned into a book for your baby. Take tummy photos and record your thoughts, feelings and emotions throughout your pregnancy. When your baby is born you will receive a PDF of your diary to share with your little one. Sprout Pregnancy is free for iOS and Android with in-app purchase options.
Best app for pregnancy training
Baby2Body: Get daily training, nutrition and wellness tips with Baby2Body. This app has experts to help you feel healthy through all stages of your pregnancy and beyond. Plus, you can get customized workouts and mindful tools to keep you feeling strong and focused. Baby2Body is free for iOS and Android with in-app purchase options.
Best app for multiples
twin variety: Designed for parents expecting more than one baby, the Twiniversity app shares tips and tricks from parents of twins to use during each week of pregnancy and through the first year of life. From twin registers, weekly development to feeding and nappy tips, if you have babies on board download this app. Twiniversity is free for iOS and Android with in-app purchase options.
Best baby name app
baby name: This works just like a dating app, but is meant for baby names. You and your partner download the app and swipe left on names you don’t like and right on names you like. If you and your partner both swipe right on a name, you’ll get an update and that name will be added to a list of possible names. After a few swipes, you’ll have a list of boy and girl names to work with. BabyName is free for iOS and Android.
Best Customizable App
Glowing care: This simple app is designed to be completely tailored to you and your pregnancy. You’ll get updates and insights based on the dates you enter, and the charts and symptom tracker will help you better understand your pregnancy. You can set reminders for your appointments and medications, and download PDFs of your symptoms and health records to share with your doctor. Glow Nurture is free for iOS and Android with in-app purchase options.
The best apps for fathers-to-be
ProDaddy: For the dad looking to support his partner during pregnancy, ProDaddy answers questions new dads might have and provides quick breakdowns on topics like breastfeeding and postpartum care. It even shares gear and gadgets that dads want to add to the registry. Also included are Pregnancy Updates and Daddy Deep Dives, providing in-depth information on a variety of parenting topics. ProDaddy is free for iOS and Android.
Best app for documenting your belly
Cinema Mom: Take pictures of your growing belly and CineMama will turn those pictures into a movie. Add titles and music before sharing with friends and family. There’s even a journal to help you document your moods and feelings while creating a keepsake that’s also a fun way to share your pregnancy journey. CineMama is free for iOS and Android
Best fertility and ovulation tracking app
Ovia: If you’re trying to conceive, Ovia can help you track your period and track the changes in your body to find out when you’re ovulating. Even if you have irregular periods, Ovia uses an algorithm to find your most fertile days. It also sends you reminders about the days when you are most fertile and when you can take a pregnancy test. Keep using the app after pregnancy to get weekly updates about your growing baby. Ovia is free for iOS and Android.
Best app to help with your baby registration
baby list: Create a one-stop-shop registry for everything you need for your pregnancy, newborn and beyond. Get expert reviews on products and make gifting easy by adding items from any store to a universal registry. There’s even a place to sign up for help after the baby arrives. Friends can offer to bring meals, walk your dog, or help with house cleaning. Babylist is free for iOS and Android.
Best app for partner and family
Pregnancy: This app comes with all the usual pregnancy tracking features, but you can also share the profile with your partner or family members who are just as excited about your pregnancy journey. Now they can see the weekly updates and any symptoms or feelings you have regarding your pregnancy. There is also a “Share with a partner” section where the app sends a to-do list to a partner. Whether you need help finding your way to the hospital or installing the car seat, you don’t have to ask because the app does it for you. Preglife is free for iOS and Android.
Best app for medical questions
MomMedications: Operated by Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center’s InfantRisk Center, the app has a database of more than 20,000 medications, vitamins, and medications. With a quick search, you can find out if a medicine is safe to take while pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, you can consult an expert if you have questions about specific medications and their side effects. The cost is $3.99 per year.
Best app for moms looking to connect
Peanut: This app allows you to connect with women in your area who are going through similar situations. Whether you are coping with a pregnancy, new motherhood, miscarriage or infertility, you will be able to find a support system close to home. Through the app it is possible to chat with people and set up video calls or face-to-face meetings. Peanut is free for iOS and Android with in-app purchase options.