Not quite ready for your baby’s grand entrance into the world in nine months time (or less!)? Don’t stress – the time might be flying by but you can save time, effort and your sanity with these clever little apps. To make things even more simple, we’ve broken our top picks down; they can help you get fit, track your baby’s development and even help your significant other in just one click. Here is a list of all the best pregnancy apps every mum-to-be needs to download right this moment.
The best place to start
- If you're trying to conceive, our ovulation calculator is a great place to start. Helping you work out when you're most fertile, all you need to do is tell us the day of your last period and we'll work out all the rest.
- The due date calculator - need to work out when you're baby is due? If you're having trouble remembering dates and counting the days on your fingers, this handy little tool might be one to save to your homepage!
- Finally, our baby name generator is a great tool to play with on your commute - who knows, you could find your perfect baby name on the Northern Line!
The best pregnancy fitness apps
Pregnancy Exercise – weekly workout
Watch tailored exercise videos that use Pilates, Yoga and strength training to tone the muscles needed for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. The best part? You can do all these exercises at home with no additional equipment, so no need for an expensive gym membership!
Kegel Trainer – Pelvic floor exercises
You’re probably already fed up of everyone telling you how important pelvic floor exercises are now you’re pregnant, but if you’ve got a tendency to forget these vital workouts, the Kegel trainer will send you discreet reminders throughout your day. With ten different exercise sessions to work through, all between 30 seconds and three minutes long, this is one app to help you get your body ready.
The best free pregnancy apps
With a week-by-week pregnancy guide that compares the size of your baby to an illustration of a cute fruit, this app definitely has the aww factor. What’s more, it gives you the chance to ask real-time questions to the editors, medical experts and other mums.
What to expect
From the makers of the popular pregnancy book What to Expect When You’re Expecting, this free app includes a lot of brilliant info. You can calculate your due date, view week-by-week pics of your growing baby and read pregnancy facts and tips.
With a personalised pregnancy timeline, all the tools you could need throughout your pregnancy and a 3D interaction that allows you to experience your baby’s world, Sprout is amazing. It’s also been recommended by doctors, so rest assured you’re in safe hands.
A great little app that was designed to nurture mums-to-be throughout their pregnancy, we love that you can email yourself PDF’s of your pregnancy symptoms, weight and health data. With a hospital bag checklist and a trimester-specific pregnancy tracker, this is one way to combat the baby-brain!
BabyBump pregnancy pro
With pregnancy forums that allow you to chat to other mums-to-be and share your symptoms, BabyBump is a pretty comprehensive app. One handy feature automatically calculates your estimated weight gain based on your pre-pregnancy BMI.
Packed with more than 30,000 baby names, spend the next nine months narrowing them down. You can sort names by meaning, gender, origin and popularity, create lists and refer back to your favourites.
One to download as the big day approaches, this is one of the easiest ways to track and time your contractions. Work out how slowly (or quickly) your little one is planning on entering the world, view your complete contraction history and monitor your labour progression with the built in graphs. Good luck!
Anyone who has ever watched Tom and Giovana Fletcher’s adorable growing bump video will want to download this app. Helping you take the best bump photos possible, you can turn your photos into a video with its own soundtrack at the click of a button.
Everything you could possibly need all wrapped up in one handy app, this gives you daily pregnancy info, a place to log your check-ups, a kick counter, contraction timer and a baby size visualiser all in one click. The creators have also developed a Baby+ app to help you once your little one arrives.
The best paid for apps
My Baby’s Beat – Prenatal Listener
Gone are the days where you have to wait till your next ultrasound appointment to hear your baby’s heartbeat. This app allows you to use your iPhone or iPad to listen to your baby. The best part? You can record and share the sounds with your friends and family via email, Facebook and WhatsApp.
Positive Pregnancy with Andrew Johnson
There’s no doubt about it, being pregnant can be overwhelming and a tad scary. If you’re struggling to keep calm and get ready for your new arrival, this medication app could be just what you need. Listen whenever you want and start focusing on a positive and successful pregnancy.
If getting to sleep is tricky, this could help. With multiple sounds to choose from, including rain, wind and white noise, you can switch off and (fingers-crossed) get a good night’s sleep. This might also come in handy once your little one arrives!
The best apps for him
Who’s Your Daddy?
The first time dads go to guide, this clever little app has been written by men, for men and promises to make him laugh as he gets ready for his new arrival. Guiding him through the next nine months and giving him ‘peace of mind for the price of a small beer’, this is one to get him to download, pronto.
Providing him with all the essential information, whilst also giving him the answer to the questions he probably wouldn’t want to ask at your next check-up (e.g. how big will the bra get?).
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