When I found out I was pregnant, it was seriously a whirlwind of excitement, nervousness, naïveté, and curiosity! I immediately started reading some articles, figuring out what apps worked best, and started downloading away. The tech addict in me will always latch onto apps that make my life easier.
Here they are, all the way from managing Trying to Conceive (TTC) to breastfeeding postpartum!
1. Flo (TTC) - FREE & has a touch ID login
This app has everything you need when it comes to monitoring the start/end of your menstrual cycles, figuring out peak ovulation times and the best days to optimize chances of conceiving. You can also log in symptoms so that you keep track of how you felt on particular days of the month and your personal trends to help get a good idea of your “close to ovulating” time.
2. Pregnancy App - No longer available (try this for contraction counting)
I loved using this app throughout my pregnancy when it came to tracking my weight and viewing how many weeks / months along I was.
The best parts of this app are both the kick & contraction counter. I slowly stopped using the kick counter because my baby girl was so active it was almost nonsensical - but it was definitely helpful in the early stages of movements! Plus, it’s one of the KEY indicators of healthy pregnancies (first thing doc always asks is if baby is moving the same/okay or at least X times in 24 hours). I used the contraction counter literally the week leading up to labor. I was able to time them and when close enough, called the OB by which time I was already in early labor! I headed to the hospital a few hours before my induction time.
3. The Bump - FREE
This is the super mushy gushy (but worth it) awesome app that gives you weekly updates on your baby’s development while in utero. The whole “my baby is now the size of the cantaloupe and she can hear my voice” types of updates? Yep. This is the app for that. It’s the most amazing feeling when I’d wake up on mornings on weekly milestones and read about my baby’s progress.
They have this cool 3D feature where you can tap and swipe through baby’s development as well as mama’s symptoms. I’d say about 70% of the symptoms mentioned matched up with my week-by-week observations, so it helped me negate any worries at the onset of new symptoms. It also increased my connection with her & truly started the bonding process earlier. Once I knew she could hear my voice and even small things like learning to breathe (hence feeling her hiccups), it just made me all the more excited for the big day!
Another plus: I also compiled all my registries using The Bump registry.
4. BabyCenter - FREE
Where do I begin with BabyCenter! Not everyone is like me, but I’m that person who loves reading through the forums, questions and answers of other mama’s or mamas to be out there with similar questions, concerns and thoughts. This is seriously godsend for that kinda stuff — and I still use it now when it comes to my postpartum symptoms, breastfeeding questions, etc.
Anything you Google re: pregnancy questions or symptoms often returns responses from here; and it’s really better to have access to the app than always trying to view it in your phone browser. The recommended articles and threads are also helpful.
5. Glow Baby (post-partum) - FREE with premium features
I’ll be honest. I did NOT know every single thing when it came to breastfeeding, diapers, and other things like sleep patterns the first few days after coming home from hospital. This app SAVED me and my husband when it came to tracking baby Reya’s breastfeeding trends (minutes on each breast, etc.) the number of wet or dirty diapers, and amount of time sleeping vs. awake. I truly think this helped the initial anxiety of “WHAT DO WE DO NOW” once we came home from the hospital as new parents. Once I started pumping more often and Reya’s diapers followed a pattern, I’ve used the app less — BUT it was so great to understand her patterns early on so that we weren’t as stressed as each day passed. Highly recommend at least for month one!