Run a search for “pregnancy apps” and you’ll find that there are literally hundreds to choose from. There are so many options, it’s difficult to know which to download and to spend your time learning to navigate. And if you’re going to be a new mom, you probably don’t even know which features you’ll want in a pregnancy app.
I actually never found one single pregnancy app that had everything I was looking for. So I used a combination of two – Pregnancy+ and What to Expect. Of course, on my quest to be the most prepared pregnant woman in the world, I downloaded a whole host of others and spent way too much time trying to figure them out. But at the end of the day, the two that I selected provided all the tools I needed (plus a lot more).
Keep reading to learn all about what to look for in a pregnancy app and the pros and cons of a few of the most popular apps on the market today!
Important Pregnancy App Features
When selecting the best pregnancy app (or apps) to track your baby’s growth and milestones, make sure they have these important features:
- A growth chart to show the approximate size of your fetus
- Weekly comparisons so you know what fruit or vegetable most closely resembles your baby (in size and weight, not in looks)
- Helpful articles that are customized to your pregnancy schedule
- A list of symptoms that you will likely be experiencing
- Tools to help you prepare for the upcoming birth of your baby
The Best Pregnancy Apps on the Market
You can actually click on the image and spin it around to see your unborn baby from various angles and it even moves so the digitally-rendered fetus appears to be breathing. Plus it’s fun to see how uncomfortable your friends get when looking at the little gremlin growing inside you.
The other features of Pregnancy+ that I found super helpful were the timeline to let me know what scans and tests were coming up and the size feature to see how big my baby was getting in terms of fruits, animals, and sweets. Although how they decided that a grapefruit, an Atlantic Puffin, and an ice cream cone were all the same size (19 weeks) is beyond me.
There are loads of other features that I didn’t wind up using, but perhaps you will find them helpful – a calendar, appointment scheduler, to-do list, weight tracker, and birth plan developer.
2. What to Expect: Pregnancy & Baby Tracker
What to Expect: Pregnancy & Baby Tracker (iPhone | Android) is another app that comes highly recommended in the app store. I found it to have a few too many advertisements, but since the price to download was zero I guess you get what you pay for.
I used What to Expect for two specific features although there are many others available. I loved that it gave an overview of common pregnancy symptoms for how far along I was. And I’d skip forward a few weeks to see what new, horrible symptoms I had coming my way. I also found many of the articles to be relevant to me and covered interesting topics like “what to pack for the hospital” and “what are Braxton hicks contractions?”
Another nice thing about the What to Expect app is that it transitions to a baby tracking app once you give birth (although I have a few others that I prefer to use, more on that later).
3. Ovia Pregnancy Tracker
It has many similar features such as weekly updates on your pregnancy, a calendar, and a baby name tracker. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the dashboard to be as user friendly as the other pregnancy tracking apps I have already listed above.
Many of the best features are hidden under the “more” button at the bottom of the main menu, and the information is very text-heavy as opposed to graphics. So, for me, the user experience wasn’t as enjoyable.
That being said, the Ovia Pregnancy Tracker app certainly has some great features to help you track your pregnancy so if the other apps don’t meet your needs, give it a try.
4. Contraction Timer & Counter
Contraction Timer & Counter (iPhone | Android) is a simple app that was recommended to me by several moms for timing your contractions so you can decide when to head to the hospital. It’s easy to use to track your contractions and gives you the average duration and frequency.
I never got the chance to use the Contractions app. My water broke 4 weeks early and I had a c-section the same day, so I never even experienced a single contraction. But this pregnancy app will definitely be useful for you to have downloaded when you begin going into labor.