There are many iOS pregnancy apps, but five helped most during my pregnancy. I always recommend these apps to expectant mothers. The apps are free and most have premium features available via in-app purchase.
Pink Pad – My only complaint was that the default theme is an unattractive pink, but the functionality was outstanding. I used Pink Pad in my pre-pregnancy stages. I tracked my periods, noted my fertile days, and recorded my ovulation days. I did not expect fertility issues, so I did not unlock the full version. The full version has themes of different colors and more fertility options. The app also records basal metabolic temperature, moods, symptoms, weights, and notes.
My Pregnancy Today by BabyCenter – This app was my companion from the day that I found out I was pregnant until the day that I delivered. It is separated by each of the 40 weeks of pregnancy. The beginning of each week has information on the stage of pregnancy. It details changes in the fetus as well as the pregnant body. My Pregnancy Today goes beyond weekly updates and gives different types of information each day. There are pregnancy tips, jokes, and activities. The baby registry checklist and the pregnancy checklist are divided by weeks. The kick tracker was also a fun addition.
BabyCenter Birth Class – I used this app throughout my pregnancy. It is similar to the birthing classes that hospitals offer, but it is taught by videos that were between 45 and 90 seconds long. I watched the videos linearly and then skipped around to review as needed. I didn’t have to read pages of information to learn what to expect during labor and delivery. I found the to-do list videos most helpful.
Contraction Timer Plus By iBirth – Contraction Timer is simple and functional. I used it when I experienced contractions but wasn’t sure if I should go to the hospital. I pushed start at the beginning of the contraction and stop at the end of the contraction. The app told me the duration of my contractions and the interval so that I could follow the 5-1-1 rule. I emailed the contraction history as a keepsake of my final moments at home. There is a separate section for prenatal nutrition. The pregnancy tips and lists and the labor videos are available with a separate in-app purchase of $1.99 each.
Baby Log Lite – This beautifully designed app was perfect during my post-delivery hospital stay. I recorded breastfeedings on each side, formula supplements, and diaper changes. The app’s usefulness continued outside of the hospital. It logs sleep and play times. The medical record section covers milestones, measurements, and vaccinations. All of the data is exportable. Many more features can be tailored to each user. It was my favorite pregnancy find.