When do you think the journey of parenting starts? I think it begins when a future mom or dad has the idea of, or begins to long for, raising a child, and everything happens from there onwards. No matter how you become a parent, I really believe in that moment – it’s the beginning of your child’s story.
One of the things I now wish I’d had when pregnant (which was a long, long time ago!) was a higher level of technology to support my pregnancy. In 2004/2005, we had online forums and scan days, informative websites and, well, a lot of guesswork (for me!) But taking a look around nowadays, and I find that there seems to be an almost infinite list of pregnancy tracking apps out there, so I installed a few to get a feel for how they worked. Here are my top three free ones:
What to Expect:
Everyone’s read the book, cried through the movie (Oh hell I know I did) and well, now there’s the app. This one’s pretty nifty though, because it draws on the knowledge base that’s been created since the books were published (Have you read the toddler one? It’s really useful!) This app has a personalised daily tracker, and it hooks up to your Apple Watch too. There’s also great video content and personalised groups for you to join, so there’s a great little community element too! Get it for Android and iOS devices.
My Pregnancy Today:
Babycenter was one of the most important resources for me (and still is, actually) when pregnant. And their My Pregnancy Today app is darn cool. You punch in your due date, and the app personalises its content around your pregnancy progress. There’s also a useful contraction timer and a kick tracker, and a cute bumpie photo tool, that helps you track baby bump growth each week. It’s available for Android and iOS devices too.
This app ups the cute ante in a big way. I’m Expecting includes video content, helpful trackers but also focuses a lot on the community aspect of things, connecting you with moms who are also in the same phase of their pregnancies. The images really got me though – prepare for many, many cute baby pictures. Get it for your Android device here or via iTunes here.
A Special Mention
I had to pop in a mention of MomConnect here, because it’s a truly wonderful service for parents, that uses SMS technology to keep pregnant moms up to date with their development, and ensure they don’t miss an appointment. It’s informative, and really useful! Check out the video below: