Not Your Mom's Pregnancy
From getting pregnant to timing contractions during labor, there’s an app for nearly every part of your pregnancy. There are even apps that can help you name your baby and take the perfect selfie of your growing bump.
“Overall, the explosion in pregnancy-related apps is great,” says Alyssa Dweck, MD, assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. “They can empower women to take charge of their health, provide education, give you information about your own body, feel more connected to your baby, and offer reassurance during pregnancy.”
These technologies can help you through the process. At the same time, it’s important to keep in mind that apps are no replacement for your doctor’s advice. If you want to know whether the app’s worth it before you try, check with your doctor.
Track Your Cycles
The first step on the path to becoming parents is, of course, getting pregnant. Fertility tracker apps prompt you to record important information about your menstrual cycle, like changes in your cervical mucus and basal body temperature.
Just before ovulation, when you’re most fertile, cervical mucus becomes clear and slippery. Your basal body temperature is the reading you get when you first wake up in the morning. It rises slightly after ovulation. Using an app can help you time intercourse for when you have the greatest chance of getting pregnant.
Find Out When You’re Due
Congratulations! After seeing that positive sign on that pregnancy test, you’re going to want to know when you’ll get to hold your baby in your arms. Enter the first day of your last period into an estimated due date app and it calculates when you can expect your bundle of joy. Some apps can also tell you when you likely conceived, how long you’ve been pregnant, and when you’ll reach the end of your current trimester.
How Big Is the Baby?
Long before your belly pops or you feel that first flutter, your baby is busy growing and moving. Apps can help you track her development day by day. Some even create 3-D images so you can get a better idea of what your little one is up to. “This information can also help you start to connect and bond with your baby,” Dweck says.