In a nutshell: This five-star rated app (in iTunes) is adored forÂ its precise fertility calculators that determine the best times to get pregnant (or to not get pregnant!). Expecting moms get a wealth of info about their growing baby, plus every important date a pregnant woman could ever need, including a precise due date.
The perks:Â A handy color-coded calendar clearly identifiesÂ the daysÂ thatÂ a woman trying to get pregnant needs to know,Â such asÂ expected ovulation and the days of the month when sheâ€™s most fertile. It also gives guidance on the optimal times to conceive a boy or girl, and when to test for ovulation and pregnancy.
For expecting moms, the content includes estimated due date, dailyÂ insightsÂ into babyâ€™s growth, and to-the-second countdown clocks that pinpoint babyâ€™s viability (at 24 weeks) and due date (at 40 weeks). Plus, the app spotlights to the importance of monitoring fetal movements and provides an easy way to do so with its baby kick counter.
The headaches:Â There is noÂ Android app version yet, and there does not any news that one is on the way, though worth keeping an eye out for.
The â€śAboutâ€ť section provides great info on the Baby Kicks section and why it is important, but the rest of the app is left up to the userâ€™s exploration. Missing is an acronym dictionary. There arenâ€™t a ton of acronyms used, but itâ€™s always nice to have them clearly defined somewhere.
Final verdict: On first open this app appears intimidating, but a quick look around proves it to be fairly user friendly. Still,Â it does contain some confusing elements. There are a lot of sections and several places to input your personal information. It can be a little unclear about what goes where. I started in the Setup section of the app. Here you canÂ update your fertility info (things like date of last period, and if you are trying for a girl or boy, or not trying), or add your pregnancy details. These Settings sections donâ€™t talk to each other. I was able to tell the Fertility section different dates than the Pregnancy section and be both not pregnant and not trying, and nine weeks pregnant, at the same time.
Presumably most women begin using the app for the fertility guidance, and the reviews do include many extremely ecstatic women who have managed to get pregnant using the fertility calculator. After I input my personal info, the calendar was clearly populated with information about when to start using ovulation predictor kits and fertile days of the month. The app definitely excels in that area. Its attempt to help women conceive babies of a specific gender seemed less successful to me. I found the some of theÂ info to be confusing and contradictory across sections.
For users who stick around to utilize the Pregnancy sections, the appÂ can helpÂ momsÂ find outÂ what happens when duringÂ the trimestersÂ and to learn a quick daily detail about their growing baby. The due date tool is useful, but those are pretty much a dime a dozen; every pregnancy and baby site has a calculator. This one is a little more precise than most because it takes into consideration the dayÂ you ovulated, and not simply the date of your last period.
With its calendars and charts, the appâ€™s interface reads like a medical chart or report, just what youâ€™d expect from an MD. For someone trying to conceive (or not), or just keep tabs on a pregnancy, itâ€™s a super useful, insightful,Â and convenientÂ tool to have right on your phone.Â Anyone who spends a little time with it will quickly figure out how to make it work for them.
Katie Quirk Dunyon is a mom of two, a boy and a girl. She lives and writes in Seattle, WA.