The 6 Best Pregnancy Apps
“People have been having babies for thousands of years. Your body knows what to do.” Sound familiar?
While technically that clich is true, every pregnancy comes with its own set of questions and anxieties. Am I eating the right things? How can I get in the best shape for labor? Is this ache normal?
Our selection of smartphone apps puts information, advice and even peace of mind (yes!) at your fingertips.
1. Sculpt My Pregnancy
This app is crammed with safe, pregnancy-friendly exercises and awesome stretches. They’re organized by month, and can help with complaints like constipation and back pain. You can even track your workouts and make notes about how you feel.
$3.99 for iPhone/iPad
2. Your BFF During Pregnancy
Being pregnant is like gaining entry into an exclusive club, and this app willÂ teach you the secret handshake. You’ll get insider info that only a real BFF would tell you – think hemorrhoids nausea and CPR classes. Your BFF even syncs with your calendar, adding a helpful tip for each week. Now you know why you like her so much!
$4.99 for iPhone
These easy prenatal yoga exercisesÂ will help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, and also relax you. Plus, if you’re experiencing common discomforts like back pain or heartburn, these videosÂ might offer relief.
$2.99 for iPhone
4. Pilates for Pregnancy
This program offers separate workouts for each trimester: You can buy them separately for $4.99 each, or get one app with all three trimesters for $9.99. Created by a certified Pilates instructor, it lets you tailor your workouts byÂ amount of time orÂ particular body parts to help youÂ stay in your best shape forÂ the whole 9 months.
$9.99 for iPhone
5. Pregnancy Companion Free
Created by two ob-gyns, this app is crammed with helpful and reassuring info and tools – andÂ it’s free!Â You can track your doctor’s appointments, keep tabs on hydration (more important than ever!), find out which over-the-counter meds are safe, create lists and get tons of tips and advice. AndÂ even ask questions.
Free for iPhone (coming soon to Android)
6. Foods to Avoid When Pregnant
Is smoked salmon OK? What about mayonnaise? It’s tough to remember every what-to-eat-when-you’re-expectingÂ rule you come across â€”Â or know which onesÂ are accurate. This app, which has all the most recent info on pregnancy diet no-nos, can calm your fears or shut down that naggy acquaintance who means well but who hasnâ€™t updated her pregnancyÂ databank for a while.
$0.99 for iPhone
Susie Ochs is the executive editor at Mac|Life magazine (maclife.com) and her work has also appeared in MaximumPC, MaximumTech, MacFormat, Tap!, and TechRadar.com. She lives in San Francisco and has an adorable 2-month-old named Christopher.