Pregnancy is 10 months of thinking "what the s**t is happening to my body?" That's right, ten months. Not nine. The extra month has something to do with your fertilization weeks counting towards your gestational weeks — or something like that. I don't know. I'm not a doctor. But I am 26 weeks pregnant, so I'm somewhat of a professional.
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Just kidding, I barely know what I'm doing. Honestly, the main reason I know anything at all about being pregnant is due to the pregnancy apps I have on my phone. They've been a complete lifesaver and mind-easer.
Here's a quick example: Let's say you accidentally drop a can of sparkling water on your toe and you need to know immediately if your baby is in danger. So you pull up one of your handy apps and search through the message boards to see if any other preggo mamas have had the same issue. You find out that your baby is, in fact, not in danger. You also find out that being neurotic while growing a human is totally normal.
There are so many different apps designed specifically for expecting moms, and they're all incredibly helpful and beneficial.
Here are some of the apps that have saved my sanity.
Each week, The Bump fills you in on all the new developments and milestones your baby is reaching at that time.
It also tells you exactly how big your baby is compared to a specific fruit. Like, right now at 26 weeks, my baby is the size of kale — which honestly is a little weird to think about, but you just have to go with it.
What to Expect
What to Expect gives you all the info on pretty much everything you need to know about being preconception, being pregnant and beyond.
Just like The Bump, it compares your baby to a fruit and provides you with personalized content that coordinates with your due date.
Glow Nurture allows you to do all the things other apps do, like find out how big your baby is, etc.. But the main purpose of the app is tracking.
You can track your doctor's appointments and take notes. You can even take daily photos of your growing belly and the app will automatically turn it into a time-lapse video. That is, if you remember to actually take the pictures.
Shell - Baby's First Hearbeat Listener
For peace of mind in between doctor's appointments, check out Shell. The app is a safe, non-invasive and completely natural way of listening to your baby's heartbeat simply by placing your phone on your belly. It works with or without the add-on, which is available for purchase and filters out ambient sound.
You have the option of recording the heartbeat to share with your friends and family. The add-on is currently sold out, but you can sign up to be alerted when it becomes available.
The app itself is free for iOS and Android.
My Baby's Beat
If you just can't wait for your next sonogram to hear a quick little hello from your baby, My Baby's Beat allows you to check the heartbeat whenever you feel the need (trust me, it'll be often). Using your smartphone as a scanner and the app as a recording device, your baby's heartbeat can be detected as early as week 20.
My ultimate favorite baby registry site, BabyList makes creating a baby registry super easy. Instead of signing up for endless registries at all different stores, BabyList compiles everything you want into one organized list. Follow the instructions to be able to simply click "Add to BabyList" no matter what site you're on.
The list then allows visitors to buy items from retailers, marking the item as bought so you can keep track. It's simple, efficient and gifts are fun.
Kegels are essential good for everyone, but they're essential for pregnant women because they strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Those muscles are needed both during and after pregnancy.
In only a couple of minutes, you will have done your kegel exercises for the day. The Kegel Trainer app tells you exactly what to do and for how long. The truth is, Kegels suck, but following instructions on an app make them suck a little less.
Power 20 Prenatal Workout
Stay fit during your pregnancy without even leaving your house. The Power 20 Prenatal Workout offers various 20-minute workouts designed specifically for each trimester.
You'll need to upgrade to the full version of the app for more routines for $2.99, but if you're not into going to the gym, it's totally worth it.
The app is called Baby Names because it literally is all about baby names. It compiles thousands and thousands of name suggestions that can be arranged by initial, popularity or by gender (including unisex).
If you upgrade to the premium version of the app, it can even recommend names it thinks complement your name and your partner's.
Naming your baby is a huge decision, so you might as well use as many resources as possible to find the perfect name. Mobile Mom's Baby Names allows you to search through names based on gender, initial, meaning, popularity and uniqueness.
You can make a list of the names you're considering and even share them with friends and family (if you're into that sort of thing).