You’re pregnant! Congratulations on this exciting time in your life. It’s challenging, complex, crazy and all going WAY too fast. If you’re looking for some support and advice, free pregnancy apps can be a great port of call. But which ones are best? And how do you know you won’t be wasting your precious time?
Pregnancy and pre-pregnancy are highly important times in your life and you need to ensure that you’re getting the best quality services, information and ideas. It’s hard to know what to look for when you’re presented with so many options.
It’s important to wade through what’s available to ensure that the information, reminders and hints and tips you’re being offered are appropriate and reliable. Free pregnancy apps are littering the market but it’s best practice to ensure you do your research first to make sure you’re getting the best online support for your pregnancy, no matter what stage you’re in. So if it’s your first time or you’ve been around the block a few times before, here are the All Mum Said’s best picks for free pregnancy apps.
Recommended Free Pregnancy Apps
Fertility Friend Mobile (iOS)
This is a great fertility tracker that includes a period tracker, ovulation calculator and fertility chart. This is a great first step for would-be parents who want to et to the core of the science behind being pregnant.
While it’s not a free pregnancy app as such, it’s a great start and a vital piece of the pregnancy puzzle.
The Bump (iOS and Android)
This is a fabulous step for first-time parents that includes a planner for doctor’s appointments, growth charts and graphics and links to really helpful articles. You can get answers to your questions in real time and you’ll be exposed to great products and reviews from major retailers. A truly excellent friend-in-your-pocket to help guide you through a first-time pregnancy!
BabyCenter (iOS and Android)
BabyCenter is the be-all and end-all of free pregnancy apps. This app has it all – developmental trackers, expert advice, tips and trackers. It has access to tools, videos and checklists designed to put your mind at ease. There are lots of cool extra features as well like baby name finders and photo journals.
Once bub has arrived, the learning continues! There is support on offer for baby’s first year and beyond.
You’ll have access to calendars and communities and forums that are perfect for those middle-of-the-night questions that are keeping you up (both before and after baby’s arrival).
Glow Nurture – Pregnancy App (iOS and Android)
You can watch your baby grow with timers that you can add your own data and insights to. You’ll be updated with baby’s progress depending on developmental stage. You’ll have access to symptom trackers and you’ll become part of a 10 million strong community of mums who can provide a wealth of communal information.
The Importance of Trusting Medical Professionals
Pregnancy apps are a great way for you to chart your development (as well as your baby’s). They should not take the place of seeking help and advice from the trusted medical professionals in your life. It must be stressed that ongoing medical care is vital during your pregnancy and that merely relying on internet resources and apps is not reflective of complete care.
Your best bet is to combine these apps with sound medical advice. It’s exciting when preparing for baby’s arrival so you need to ensure that you have the complete picture.
Got any advice for first time mums? Experience with a free pregnancy app you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!
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