The Best Pregnancy iPhone and Android Apps of the Year
Congratulations! If you’re reading this, chances are you or someone you love is on the road to parenthood. The good news is there’s a vast array of digital tools to help you get there. Smartphone apps will chart your fertility if you’re trying to conceive, suggest new baby names, support your prenatal fitness, and, of course, help you track every moment of your pregnancy.
Keep reading to find the apps you’ll take on your pregnancy journey. We’ve picked the very best based on their information quality and ease of use. Apps available for both iPhone and Android have been reviewed on their iPhone versions.
Interface: Are you TTC (trying to conceive)? Ovia Fertility’s cheerful, matter-of-fact interface color-codes the information you need in order to know when you’re fertile.
Usability: This app manages to combine necessary functions with a lot of important information without being confusing. That’s a high order when users need access to calendars, charts, and tracking all in one app.
More: Is tracking your fertility getting tedious? Take the MyQ quiz to learn myths and facts about pregnancy and trying to conceive.
Interface: Brilliantly simple screens let you time delivery contractions with no fussy design trappings. See times and how to start and stop the timer clearly.
Usability: This app’s excellent usability places a timer and timing log at your fingertips. Other, less critical features, like a kick counter and fitness and nutrition information, are tucked away but easy to find.
More: Full Term does exactly what it promises to: times contractions. Still, there are nice-to-have features that make this app useful in the months before contractions come.
BabyBump Pregnancy Pro
Interface: This app’s interface reads as easily as a magazine in your doctor’s waiting room. The design is informative but friendly. And BabyBump Pregnancy Pro hasn’t overdone the cutesy pink and blue color scheme. The pregnancy community forum is especially helpful — ask questions and get help from a global community of parents-to-be.
Usability: Useful screens are easily accessible via dropdown menus and readable tabs.
More: This app has it all, from due date calculator to journal. One reviewer wrote, “I love this app — my daughter is now 3 and I still use it.”
Menstruation and Ovulation Calendar
Interface: The purpose of this app is to make accurate notes to track your most fertile times of the month. Sharp, uncomplicated screens quickly move you through this task. Don’t like the interface? Change its colors with a couple of taps. The developers have kept things simple so you can get the ovulation data you need.
Usability: It couldn’t be easier — or quicker — to record the necessary information and read your stats. Then you can get back to baby making!
More: Menstruation and Ovulation Calendar also offers an Apple Watch app.
My Pregnancy Today
Interface: Baby pictures! There’s a lot more to see in this app (including crystal clear video) but the pictures of a baby’s development will grab your attention and hold it. My Pregnancy Today keeps track of all your pregnancy information and answers just about every question that comes up during your nine-plus months.
Usability: This easy to navigate app guides you from your personal profile and baby info to videos and stats with bright, readable icons.
More: Become a part of the active My Pregnancy Today community. Meet up with other mothers-to-be and post your “Bumpie,” a selfie of your growing midsection.
Interface: Clean blue-green and white screens frame baby images you’ll spend hours gazing at.
Usability: The friendly app keeps important icons at your fingertips. You’ll have no problem moving from your daily and weekly schedules to notes about doctor visits.
More: This app manages to include all the important categories of information and also keep a sense of humor. Like, did you know that at week 7 of pregnancy, your baby is the size of a blueberry? This app compares the size of the fetus during each stage of growth to a similarly sized food.
Sprout Pregnancy Lite
Interface: You’ll eventually get to the useful aspects of this app, like the baby journal and daily medical notes from Parents Magazine, but the vivid images of baby development will enchant you first and foremost.
Usability: Sprout Pregnancy won’t waste your time with a lot of confusing icons. A clear list of options guides you to the functions you want, from pictures of your “sprout” to weight tracker, kick counter, and more.
More: One user pointed out how well the app works for educating elder siblings-to-be about the baby’s development and mom’s health.
Prenatal Pilates by Blue Sparrow
Interface: The most important thing here is to be able to see Pilates poses so you can do them yourself. Prenatal Pilates has crystal clear images of practitioners that make it easy to follow.
Usability: Exercise apps have to be easy to use while you’re moving through your workout. This app keeps things simple with large, readable buttons moving you from one pose to the next.
Quality: Very good
More: You know you need to stay in shape during pregnancy, especially making sure to keep your back healthy as you balance new weight up front. This app keeps your Pilates workout in your pocket.
Interface: You can track your pregnancy week by week right from the get-go with this app. A clean interface makes it easy to navigate around the app to get the information you need fast so you can quickly get back to baby preparations.
Usability: The first time you open the app, you’re prompted to put in the first day of your last menstrual cycle (this is considered the true start of your pregnancy, not your missed cycle). Under the Pregnancy tab, you can keep detailed weekly notes to share with your doctor, or just for your own information. You can even keep tabs on how your baby is growing under the Your Child tab by recording developmental info, such as length and width.
More: Each week, the app shares vital information about fetal development so you know what’s really going on in your belly. Graphics are included to give you a visualization of your growing baby-to-be.
Interface: The names you want, and the thousands you don’t, appear in baby pink, blue, and yellow (for unisex names) in easy to read listings.
Usability: Nothing complicated and cluttered here. Search by most popular, your own favorites, and by origin with one touch. One user raved, “… much easier than using Google.” That’s high praise.
Quality: Very good
More: Want to pick a common name for your child or an uncommon one? Graphs for each name show you how popular it’s been over time.
Pregnancy Due Date Calculator
Interface: Straightforward screens help you calculate your baby’s birthday and other important milestones.
Usability: Expectant parents use the app, but medical staff have also given it rave reviews. That’s because it’s no sweat to figure out due date information with a couple of taps, which is a usability feature that comes in handy in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms.
Quality: Very good
More: In addition to due date, Pregnancy Due Date Calculator will tell you when your trimesters begin and end and how many weeks pregnant you are.
50,000 Baby Names
Interface: This clean bright interface doesn’t interfere with name searches of all kinds. And did we mention the app has cute baby pictures?
Usability: Search names quickly by gender, origin, and more, all from a convenient dashboard.
Quality: Very good
More: Tommy or Tom? Ricky or Ricki? Are there finally enough Emma’s? 50,000 Baby Names not only has every name you could possibly think of, it will tell you trends and origins.
Baby Pool — The Pregnancy Guessing Game
Interface: This fun and friendly interface invites you and your friends to bring the traditional baby pool guessing games into the digital age.
Usability: This app makes it easy to choose what kind of pool you’re playing (boy or girl, due date, weight and length, and more), and allows you to invite up to 15 friends. Expand the pool with in-app purchases.
More: Seem like a lot of your friends are getting pregnant at once? You can play as many baby pool games as you like with this app.
I’m Expecting Pregnancy App and Baby Guide
Interface: You’ll feel at home with the look of this app from the moment it welcomes you with cute images of babies and families. Inside, sharp images stand out against a black background.
Usability: User friendly even when you’re feeling queasy. Move easily through the app and access week-by-week info, a symptoms manual, and more. A handy extra menu in the lower right lets you log weight, diary notes, and more.
More: Each pregnancy is different, and each expectant parent has unique questions and concerns. This app is an excellent one-stop source of timely, accurate information.
mPregnancy — For Men with Pregnant Women
Interface: You can tell this isn’t your regular pregnancy app from the first images comparing the size of a developing fetus to a beer bottle cap. (Oh, and it does contain lots of helpful information on growing embryos and pregnancy health.)
Usability: So easy even a first-time dad can tell which end is up.
Quality: Very good
More: Useful facts for male partners of pregnant women? This app’s got them. Just make sure you use it with your sense of humor intact. You’ll need that anyway once you become a dad.
My Baby’s Beat
Interface: The deep red screens of this app remind you it has one purpose: track your precious one’s heart sounds, beat for beat.
Usability: Usability is key with this app, since to use it best you have to be lying on your back, holding it over your stomach. The app provides very easy navigation with large tappable buttons to listen to heart sounds and record. Sample mother and baby sounds help you distinguish whose heartbeat you’re picking up.
More: My Baby’s Beat lets you save recordings throughout your pregnancy. One happy reviewer was an expecting mother who had passed her due date. She used the app to reassure herself that her baby’s heartbeat was healthy.
You Can Do It
Whether you’re hoping to become a parent, about to become one for the first time, or awaiting an addition to your family, you’re facing a huge universe of health decisions and needs. During this busy time, you need the best apps to keep complications to a minimum. Their job is putting pregnancy information and tracking capabilities right at your fingertips. That way you can focus on yourjob: staying healthy, getting plenty of rest, and preparing for the new life to come.
We selected these pregnancy apps based on their potential to help people celebrate and track their pregnancies in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to pregnancy and the needs of people who are pregnant. Together, this collection represents a valuable cross section of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are designed to help users understand and find ways to improve their pregnancy.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not imply warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or endorse any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved them unless otherwise indicated.
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