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The Top 5 Pregnancy Apps For 2017

The Top 5 Pregnancy Apps For 2017

Congratulations on your pregnancy! There’s so much to learn, and apps can help you find out a whole host of useful information, from how your baby is developing week by week, to pregnancy scans. Today’s apps can answer common pregnancy questions, and even provide advice on how to find the right private hospital and choose the appropriate care. Here are our top five apps to monitor your pregnancy.

The Bump – Daily Pregnancy and Baby Tracker

The Bump - Daily Pregnancy and Baby TrackerThe Bump - Daily Pregnancy and Baby Tracker

Facts

The Bump is a free app, but sign up is required. You can sign up with the following options:

  • I’m pregnant
  • Someone I love is pregnant
  • I’m a parent
  • I’m trying to conceive

Overview

The Bump is a great companion whatever your maternal, or non-maternal, status. It’s a comprehensive, well thought out app that is easily navigable and straightforward. The content you receive depends on your sign in status. However you sign in, your home page is a handy scrolling ‘feed’, giving you easy access to a variety of different information.

Signing in as ‘pregnant’ is the most content heavy option. Once signed in you have access to a nifty planner, articles of interest, competitions, a community of women due around your date and details of what is happening to your developing baby and your body using a 3D interactive feature which has impressive visuals and great information.

The ‘trying to conceive’ sign in offers up different content options, including a fertility tracker called ‘Shine’ which is downloadable as a separate app. Again there is a handy ‘getting pregnant’ checklist at the top of your feed, followed by relevant and interesting articles aimed at helping you conceive.

Tip: Need help with this right now? Use our Ovulation Calendar to find the best time to conceive.

The Bump - Daily Pregnancy and Baby Tracker

Interesting Features

The planner is a real bonus. Not only does it offer advice on each appointment and scan throughout your pregnancy, but you can also add your appointments to a tracker that sends a reminder email which includes additional handy tips and potential questions to ask your healthcare provider (great for baby brain moments and if you’re not sure what to expect from each appointment or what to ask).

The 3D interactive feature is beautifully illustrated and at each week of your pregnancy you get a visual comparison of the size of your baby (whether he’s the size of a poppy seed or a grapefruit).

The user experience for the app is well thought out; easy to use and informative. On the feed appears interesting articles, comps and a section called ‘real answers’ where experts and fellow mums will answer any sudden panic or nagging concern you might have.

Extra features include a community of mums who have the same due date and an area to upload weekly photos of your ever changing bump. Once you have your baby you can adjust your profile to ‘new mum’. Likewise, you can change your profile from ‘trying to conceive’ to ‘pregnant’. There are sponsored posts and adverts but they are relevant and non-invasive.

Download The Bump from iTunes or from Google Play.

What To Expect – Pregnancy & Baby Tracker

What To Expect - Pregnancy & Baby TrackerWhat To Expect - Pregnancy & Baby Tracker

Facts

What to Expect is a free app, but sign up is required. Unlike The Bump, sign up options are limited to ‘pregnancy’. The app is content heavy.

Overview

What to Expect offers an extensive home page feed that is date ordered. The home page is fairly content heavy but relevant to each week, which makes scrolling easier. Additional tabs at the bottom of the screen give access to more detailed and specific content.

What To Expect - Pregnancy & Baby Tracker

Interesting Features

Although your home feed looks a bit overwhelming, there are handy ‘swipeable’ tips at the top of the page for what’s new this week, and what to focus on today.

The ‘My Week’ tab is more focused than the front page feed, giving precise details of the progress of your baby and your body for that week. There’s plenty of uncluttered information presented visually, relating to your baby and your body, together with a video showing the stages of your baby’s development. In addition, there are recommended articles for your pregnancy week, giveaways, questions to ask your doctor and a handy feature called survival kit. Survival kit recommends essential products for your specific stage of pregnancy, with links to websites where you can buy the products.

The ‘Tools’ tab offers up a photo journal and a link to more in depth details about tests and screenings organised by trimesters. The ‘Community’ tab is a forum for conversations with like-minded mums, due at the same time, and has info on events, giveaways and offers posted by the WTE team.

Download What to Expect from iTunes or from Google Play.

iMummy Pregnancy App & Baby Tracker

iMummy Pregnancy App & Baby TrackeriMummy Pregnancy App & Baby Tracker

Facts

iMummy is a free app, with sign up required. Once signed in, you can tailor your content according to four interest areas:

  • Women’s Health
  • Fertility
  • Pregnancy
  • Mum & Baby

iMummy Pregnancy App & Baby TrackeriMummy Pregnancy App & Baby Tracker

Overview

iMummy is great in its simplistic design and the information offerings it provides. Whether you are pregnant, worried about your health, trying for a baby, have fertility concerns or are a mum of a young tot, there’s plenty on the app for you. You can select as many interest areas as you like, so if you are pregnant and only interested in ‘pregnancy’ your content will be tailored to your needs. If you already have a little one and you are worried about your fertility when it comes for trying for baby number two, you can select both sections and receive all the information covering both areas.

iMummy Pregnancy App & Baby Tracker

Interesting Features

iMummy has your dates covered by providing easy to use ovulation and pregnancy calculators. It also has a week by week pregnancy guide and a comprehensive guide to your pregnancy scan options.

The great thing about iMummy is the quality of the content. The team at iMummy have access to some of the best professionals in maternity and fertility in the UK. On the app, there are some impressive articles and in depth videos for those hard hitting questions and complicated issues that you might want to investigate. For example, there’s an entire talk, lasting just under an hour, entitled “Know Your Fertility Potential” from top fertility and immunology expert Dr. Amin Gorgy. The useful article section tackles everything from product reviews to opinion pieces and latest news stories. In addition, there’s an entire section dedicated to life once your baby is born, giving handy advice and pointing you in the right direction to make a great start at being a mum.

Download iMummy from iTunes or from Google Play.

PREGNANCY+

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Facts

Pregnancy+ is a free app (upgrading to the full app for a small fee is required to gain access to some features). Sign up is required. Sign in option for ‘pregnancy’ only.

Overview

Pregnancy + is a ‘pretty’ app – neatly organised and visually well presented, you’ll have no trouble locating relevant information and getting access to handy features which will make your pregnancy a more informed and organised experience.

The front page scrolls over a 3D image of your growing baby, giving you an immediate visual as to your baby’s progress in the womb. Everything that appears on the front page is relevant to your stage of pregnancy; blogs, informative articles, images, and appointment and task reminders, plus links to baby names.

Pregnancy+

Interesting Features

The app is split nicely into visuals and information. There is an entire tab dedicated to video that shows the progress of your baby over the coming weeks. The overall design of the app is very thoughtful. Particularly useful is how the developers have devised separate sections for baby and for you.

In the ‘Baby’ section, you’ll find all the information you need relating to the progress of your pregnancy and baby, including daily and weekly information, images and a beautifully crafted timeline of your baby’s size. A clever kick counter allows you to keep track of your baby’s activity when the kicking starts! This is handy for panic moments when you worry about the baby’s activity. The timeline option gives an immediate visual of where you are at, what appointments/tests are coming, and what milestones and key events you should expect. It’s a very handy visual if you are on the go and want to check quickly that you have everything covered and to know what’s happening over the coming days.

The ‘Me’ section is very interactive and allows you to organise everything you need to have a successful pregnancy: a general guide, with information on ‘food’, ‘labour’, ‘exercise’ and ‘medical’; a weight tracker so that you can log your weight; and a section called ‘my belly’, which gives you a visual of what to expect and you can upload pics of your own belly changing throughout. You can also input your entire birth plan (some of the options you have to upgrade to the purchased app, for a small amount, to use). You can add appointments and ‘to–do’ items (which can be exported to email quickly and easily) – your appointments and tasks are then added to your main ‘today’ feed on your homepage so if there is anything you need to organise on a specific day, it will appear automatically.

Other great features include ‘baby names’, to help you in your quest for the perfect name; a shopping list that tells you everything you need to have in preparation for your little one’s arrival; a hospital bag list (upgrade for full features); and a contractions counter, for when the day arrives!

Yes, some of the features need an upgrade to the paid app, but at £3.99 it’s not a huge amount for an app that will last throughout your pregnancy and can help you get organised from day one.

Download the Pregnancy + app from iTunes or from Google Play.

Sprout Pregnancy

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Facts

Sprout will give you a free trial period but after that you need to purchase the full app at £3.99. Like Pregnancy+, the amount of interactive function could well make this a small price to pay for the amount of organisational help that this app can provide throughout your pregnancy.

Overview

Sprout’s visuals are second to none. The front page gives you a fully interactive 3D movable image of your growing baby. The graphics are extremely lifelike and each touch point gives you a great graphic or piece of information about your growing baby. At any point you can tap into your timeline and see exactly what your body and your baby should be doing at any given time, together with all the information on timings for your scans and tests. To put your mind at rest and keep you up to date, under ‘The Doc Says’ tab you will get some great in depth medical pointers about what is going on physically.

Sprout Pregnancy

Interesting Features

Sprout allows you to keep a daily electronic journal about how you’re feeling emotionally and physically, what you’ve eaten, what kind of exercise you’ve been taking. This is a great keepsake for years to come (it can be exported as PDF), for you and your child to look back on.

Under the ‘My Pregnancy’ tab is where the cogs and wheels part of the app takes shape. Here, you have to-do, essential shopping and hospital bag lists, together with your weight tracker, kick counter and contraction timer. Sprout, in a similar vein to Pregnancy+, offers everything you need to keep your pregnancy on track, empowering parents-to-be with the knowledge and information you need to make your pregnancy happy and healthy.

Your learning journey doesn’t stop there either. Once baby is born, there is the Sprout Baby app and if you are trying to get pregnant, you can download the Sprout Fertility and Period Tracker app.

Download Sprout from iTunes or from Google Play.

 

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