Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. For many of us, though, the first pregnancy can be a confusing and unusual time as our bodies change and grow. Having a great support group in friends, family and health professionals is important but they can’t always be at our beck and call. This list of the 5 must-have free apps for expectant mums will give you options for all levels of support – no matter when you need it.

 

1. Pregnancy +

If you were to only pick one app from the list to download then it would definitely be this one. Pregnancy + is not only free but it’s also the world’s No.1 pregnancy app!

 

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Why should I download this app?

The Pregnancy + app is recommended by healthcare providers, paediatricians and was created with the knowledge and expertise of leaders in the fields of health care, childbirth and parenting. This means the information provided is the most up-to-date and accurate as it can possibly be.

It is everything you need in one app with features such as pregnancy by week information, contraction timer, baby shopping list, baby size guide, 100s of baby names and a whole lot more.

What are you waiting for? Join the other 7 million people who are already using this app to follow their pregnancy week by week.

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2. Baby Names by Bounty

Deciding what to name your child can be one of the most stressful and difficult things for an expectant parent. At the end of the day it’s a name they will have to live with for the rest of their life, so you better pick a good one, right? No pressure!

One of our partners, Bounty, has created an app to help you make that important decision and ease the pressure a bit!

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Why should I download this app?

The baby names in the app are compiled by the Bounty pack distributors in hospitals across the UK and then loaded onto their databases within weeks. This ensures the names in the list are the most up-to-date and accurate as can be.

Popular features include the year’s top 100 boys and girls names, name meaning and origins, matching middle and sibling names and popular names by your local area, just to name a few!

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3. Prenatal Pilates by Blue Sparrow

Staying fit and healthy is a very important part of pregnancy and making sure you and your little one are as healthy as possible. However, you might  find you are unable to do the same types of exercises you once could do at the gym. This is where Prenatal Pilates comes in to save the day!

 

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Why should I download this app?

The app has been designed by STOTT PILATES instructor, trainer and Blue Sparrow Pilates studio founder Holly Furgason. Prenatal Pilates addresses alignment and postural changes that occur during pregnancy. The programme helps users to carry their pregnancy more comfortably, as well as helping to prepare the body for labour and childbirth.

The app includes programmes and workouts that are specific to the trimester of pregnancy that you are in and adapts the workouts based on your level of fitness as well as the amount of free time you have.

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4. Sprout

One of the things expectant parents are most excited about when it comes to pregnancy is seeing what their baby looks like. With Sprout Pregnancy app now you can! It is the only app that features Next Generation 3D Interaction: which allows you to see your baby’s world in detail never before seen at the various steps of your pregnancy!

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Why should I download this app?

It’s an ‘Essential App for Parents’ and it was voted one of Time Magazine’s Top 50 Apps of the Year, last year. Full of daily and weekly tips, tools and checklists to guide you along!

It is also recommended by doctors:

“Sprout Pregnancy Essentials is a really user friendly guide from conception to delivery. It is very comprehensive and accessible and I would recommend this iPhone app to any friend going through pregnancy for the first time.”

Lynne Robinson MB ChB MD MRCOG,

Sub Speciality Registrar, Reproductive Medicine, Birmingham Women’s Hospital

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5. Bonzun Pregnancy App

Pregnancy can be a scary time for a lot of women, especially if it is their first pregnancy. Your body is going through a lot of changes and you might not know what is normal. Here is where Bonzun Pregnancy App is great, it’s a bit like having a midwife or a doctor in your pocket!
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Why should I download this app?

No more guessing, this app has all the information you need to know at the click of a button, which means you can enjoy a more comfortable, confident and safer pregnancy.

It has great features on mother’s health which allow you to learn how your body is changing, what is normal and what discomforts may appear and how to treat them. It also has a symptom checker which is a truly unique feature that can save lives and give you answer without calling your doctor. Just click and learn if your symptom is a sign of something serious or if you can safely stay at home.

It’s also recommended by various healthcare providers including the World Health Organisation!

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Have you used an app that we haven’t included that you can’t/couldn’t live without during your pregnancy? Tell us why and  share in the comments below!

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About the author: Lucy

Lucy is our youngest regular contributor at 24 and has recently welcomed her first child, Charlotte, only 3 months ago. As a single mum living in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, she's a huge fan of photography, cycling, and all things DIY - when she has time, of course.