If you own an iPhone or iPod Touch, you probably have enough spare change for the pregnancy apps floating around on the Internet. But why get nickled-and-dimed beyond your budget for something that you can get for free? We found twenty-five essential iPhone apps for pregnancy that do the same — if not more — than the apps that cost money.
The following apps are listed in alphabetical order within four categories that track your pregnancy progress before, during and after pregnancy. We included calculators, “essentials” for any woman, journals and more that can make your pregnancy (or avoidance of the same) a great experience. Most of the links lead to the Apple stores for downloads. A few links lead to the developer’s page, where you might learn more information than you would at the Apple stores.
- Baby Gender: Enter the date of birth for both parents and this app computes the range of dates when they should get pregnant to obtain a desired gender for baby.
- Early Signs of Pregnancy: Gain access to early signs of pregnancy, including tips on how to conceive, pregnancy tests and choices of how to deal with planned and unplanned pregnancy. All information is free, easy to access and private, designed for mobile viewing 24/7.
- Evernote: Turn your iPhone and/or iPod Touch into a journal that tracks everything that happens in your life. Store phone numbers, photographs and calendars and synch the app to your Mac or Windows desktop. This is a perfect app for expectant mothers and new moms to journal a pregnancy and to store important information.
- Free Menstrual Calendar: Simply enter your last period and your cycle length to get started. The calendar will then display your predicted period start days as well as your expected ovulation and most fertile days in color.
- Google Mobile App: Why is this app not an part and parcel of the iPhone? You can search by voice, use tap suggested Web search queries and more with Google Maps, images, news and shopping. This is an essential app for any woman, pregnant or not, and it’s free.
- MonthlyInfo: MonthlyInfo is a simple tool to help you keep track of your menstrual cycles. Basically, you record each time your period starts, and MonthlyInfo uses your history to generate predictions and statistics about your cycles. You then create and customize reminders which can be sent to your email address or text messaged to your phone.
- Ovulation Calendar: Calculate the fertile days of the month so you can avoid or achieve pregnancy.
- Baby Namer: Generate baby names for girls or for boys — this app shows popular names for 2010.
- Maternity – Pregnant? This app provides a resource for expectant mothers to find maternity clothes, baby things and ob/gyns and midwives in your area.
- Baby’s Coming: Keep track of the progress of your labor with this app. It’s easy to use with a high-contrast background and large buttons. Support for multiple languages now available. This app is free, but any donation goes to help people who fight cruelty against children.
- Pregnancy Countdown with Social Integration: This hot little app contains an impressive set of pregnancy tools that are integrated with Facebook. Use the due date function, Facebook Connect, social updates, baby alert, diaper calculator and journal — plus so much more — for a total social pregnancy experience. All this for free!
- 40•30•30: This iPhone app allows you to quickly calculate the percentage of calories in a food from the three macronutrient groups: carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
- Diet & Food Tracker: Satisfy your doctor, your ob/gyn, your baby, husband and yourself with this app. SparkPeople.com came up with this free app for iPhone users that syncs with an online (free) SparkPeople.com account. Begin working with this app before pregnancy to learn more about food content, nutrition and fitness for life.
- Fish4Health: Pregnant and nursing women or women who expect to become pregnant can benefit from this app. This app can help women to track mercury intake and optimize healthy fat intake.
Calculators and Counters
- OBWheel: Simply enter the LMP using a date picker and you’ll receive an estimated delivery date. This pregnancy calculator is fast to load, easy to use and “forever free.”
- Pregnancy Calculator: This calculator estimates your baby’s due date, ovulation dates, end of your first and second trimesters and more.
- Pregnancy Kick Counter: This application is designed for woman who are 25 weeks or later in pregnancy. If you detect a change, either a decrease in movement, or an unusual increase in your baby’s level of activity, it may mean your baby is in distress.
- Pregnancy Tracker: This app, supplied by WhatToExpect.com, keeps track of your baby’s development in the womb. This app goes week-by-week and is a companion to the site.
- The Wheel: This app is a gestational age calculator for use by physicians and pregnant women to determine when a baby is due and the baby’s gestational age anytime during pregnancy.
Essentials After Baby
- Baby Health Journal 1.0.2: Track all things “baby” with this app. Record your feelings, baby’s sleep patterns (and yours!) and more, with organization in one place.
- Lose It! Ok, so you went a bit nuts overeating during your pregnancy. Now, you can lose it with this app, which allows you to set goals and establish a daily calorie budget.
- Mom Maps: Mom Maps finds kid-friendly spots in San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia, New York City, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Portland, Boise, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Albuquerque, as well as newly enhanced support for Seattle and beyond. New areas added constantly.
- NikeWomen Training Club: You can lose it by watching calories, but working out is a good thing, too. Customize your workout around baby and invite all your friends to join you.
- WebMD Mobile: Look up symptoms, find drug or treatment information, and learn about basic first aid from this trusted resource.
- White Noise Lite: Can’t sleep? Try this app, which provides a variety of sounds that can help you nod off. Over 4 million downloads and counting.
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