Pregnancy: There's An App For That
There are many ways to incorporate technology into your pregnancy. My friend Nathalee is a Microsoft Excel super-user and admits to making spreadsheets to track her trimesters. I did the same with my baby shower gift lists and thank you cards.
I have also logged my entire pregnancy on Google Health. It is a bit controversial but I swear by it. It enables me to record test results, doctor appointments, weight gain, medications, etc. I can also share this information with my significant other and create a profile for the baby when he/she is born to track immunizations, appointments, and more.
As for mobile, here are a few of my favorite apps to help make pregnancy and parenting a little more high-tech and a lot more fun:
iPregnancy for iPhone: This app costs $4.99. It tracks your pregnancy by due date and tells you what is happening as the baby develops week-by-week. You can add information about your doctors appointments, emergency contact information, and even track baby names that are in the running.
BabyBump for Android: This app costs $2.99. It tracks your pregnancy on a weekly basis. You can input information into a daily journal with entries that include photos, weight, and stomach circumference, although I opted to pass on that information after about week 25.
RunPee: This sounds silly but I'm actually serious. I've gone to the movies a lot during my pregnancy. What else is there to do? But we all know that pregnancy means frequent trips to the bathroom. RunPee will tell you when there is a lull in the movie so you can dash to the little girl's room without missing any crucial scenes. Genius!
Contraction Timer Deluxe for iPhone: This app will come in handy on D-Day! (D meaning delivery of course.) It tracks your contractions and gives you a chart of how frequently they are coming. It also runs in the background so you don't have to keep the app open for it to be counting contractions. I would wager it is far more reliable than a nervous daddy with a stopwatch!
Contraction Timer for Android: This is a free app. It isn't pretty but it gets the job done. It tracks time of contractions, duration, and frequency.
In addition to pregnancy apps, I have begun researching apps that track infant care activity, such as poopy diapers, feeding, and sleeping schedules. The one I am planning to use is called Baby Activity Logger for iPhone, but seeing as my baby has not yet arrived, I will hold off on reviewing or recommending. Especially because I have no idea if an app will help me sleep-train my baby any better than a lullaby. Here's hoping!
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