These days there’s an app for everything, right? Well, the same holds true for pregnancy. There’s so many actually, covering every possible aspect, that it can be really hard to choose which one to use if any. I had this same dilemma during my first pregnancy and I have to say four years later it’s even worse. Well, or better, depending on how you look at it 🙂
Well, this time around I decided I should put some time into it and actually test a couple so that in the end I can use something that really makes a difference day in and day out. While I’m at it I can also make the choice easier for anybody else out there who is having the same problem. So here it goes, my top five.
Ovia Pregnancy is the one I started my pregnancy journey with this time. Mostly because I used Ovia Fertility before I got pregnant and then just naturally continued with the Ovia family. It’s a really comprehensive app, covering the standard calendar/logging functionality (screen three) and timeline (screen two) but also offering a lot of extra tools. The additions I like the most are the extra tools:
- kick counter
- contraction timer
- food safety lookup
- medication safety lookup
- symptoms lookup
These tools make a lot of information readily available to you and most importantly all in one place so you can make just one app your go-to reference for pretty much everything (screen four).
A not so useful but incredibly cute feature is the baby size comparison. Depending on the theme you choose, each week the size of your baby will be compared to either some pastry, a vegetable/fruit, game or animal. I go through them all each week because they’re just too adorable. And then there’s the hands and feet size chart which allows you to compare the current estimated size of your baby’s palms and feet to the size they will be at birth (see the first screen).
Each week also comes with a baby development overview and some tips.
I discovered this one while doing research for this post and let me say this from the beginning: it is the clear winner. If you are going to only pick one app, this should be it. Compared to Ovia it lacks the kick counter and contraction timer but personally, this does not bother me. I am not using an app to count the kicking because my baby kicks all the time anyway. As for timing the contractions you can always go for a different app, you are going to use it just that one time anyway, right? We’ll get to that part later.
Now let’s go back to Glow Nurture and why I think it’s the best.
Functionally it does not have more than Ovia, it has less. But I love it because of the layout and ease of use. The biggest advantage for me is the log. Instead of letting you add whatever you like to a calendar day by day it provides you with a survey of some sort. This way you don’t have to think about the data that needs to be added and at the same time acts as a kind of a reminder. For example, I never forget my prenatal vitamins these days because even if I do, when Glow asks whether I’ve taken them I can still remedy the situation. Same goes for my Kegels.
All the information entered is then aggregated in your dashboard and available for a quick look. The data from your log is also used to create some insights. They are tidbits of information about various aspects of your pregnancy. Glow encourages and praises you when you do things right and alerts you when something is missing. Like not drinking enough water for example.
In addition to your personalized insights, there are also short articles about
There is also a Glow community where you can connect with other users and share your experience but I don’t use this feature. Same goes for taking pictures and making a timelapse. But it is there if you wish.
Although this app does offer some extra capabilities like pregnancy diary and weight tracking, these are not the reasons one should download it. The one specific feature of this app is taking pregnancy photos. It gives you clear guidelines on how to position yourself while taking the photos so that they’re always taken from the same distance and the same angle. The app arranges the photos taken in a calendar view and helps you with creating a movie from them. At the end, you have a fantastic timeline with clear comparison pictures of your week by week progress. I really wish I discovered this one at the start of my pregnancy so that all the pictures would match.
I told you we would get to the contraction timing part. Functionally all contraction timing apps are pretty much the same. You pick one mostly depending on the looks of the interface and on the representation of the timings taken. I choose Labor Signs because I liked the color scheme and the table with the timings allows you to see the progression of your contractions very clearly. This way you know immediately when it’s time to get out the door (unless you’re planning a home birth, of course).
Sadly not available for Android.
I love this app!! It is a Kegel exercise guide. Very simple, very straightforward. It assumes you’re a beginner and then builds up as you go, adjusting the timings of the exercises, but you can also choose your desired level in the settings. The free version only has one lever but with the pro, you get 15. The only thing you need to do is press start and do what you’re told to. PFEI sets a timer for each round and divides it into periods of squeezing and resting. You just follow the instructions on the screen and don’t need to think about it at all. Brilliant!
There’s a number of possible upgrades that can be made via in-app purchases from targets to reminders, extra levels and more. I only bought the extra levels and I am planning on conquering them all! 🙂
Btw the title stands for Pelvic Floor Excercise something. I haven’t figured out what the I stands for.
I hope this selection helps you navigate the endless corners of your app store when it comes to selecting pregnancy apps. Out of the five mentioned Glow and PFEI are the ones I use daily and enjoy the most. The truth is, you don’t really need a pregnancy app. But I like the tracking because it is fun. And I am having a really hectic schedule these days. And pregnancy brain. The apps really help me by reminding me of things I need to take care of for myself and the baby. While seeing the countdown number lower and lower each day makes me really excited!
Are you using a pregnancy app? Maybe one of these or do you have a new suggestion? Please let me know in the comments!