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Navigating the minefield of Pregnancy Apps, with the help of my patients.
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Just out of curiosity, I recently did a search on the App Store for pregnancy apps. No wonder this has become one of the hardest decisions for my patients! The list seems to be never ending.

Recently I asked my patients to tell me about the preconception and pregnancy apps they used. The response was fantastic, so I’ve provided a summary below, followed by some additional sources of information and top ranked apps, as judged by an ObGyn and Aussie Mums!

Following (in no particular order) are the opinions of my wonderful patients. Some opinions vary but hopefully it all helps you navigate this minefield!

APP NAME APP STORE RATING COST PROS CONS
Pregnancy + 4.8 Free with in-app purchases Tracks progress

Helpful articles

What to expect

3D images of baby each week

Size comparisons to fruit, sweets, or animals.

American so some info not relevant and uses imperial measurements (inches/pounds).

No options for Twins

Sprout

(also offers a Baby Tracker app)

4.7 Free with in-app purchases  

Covers preconception and pregnancy

 

Mixed reviews
Ovia

(also offers a Fertility app and a Parenting and Baby Tracker app)

4.8 Free In app calendar to log appointments

Weekly updates on baby development

Info on symptoms

Kick counter

Contraction timer

Baby name generator

Daily self-care checklist

Anonymous forum to share information with other mothers

American so some info not relevant and uses imperial measurements (inches/ pounds).

No option for Twins

Forum is very basic

What to Expect 4.7 Free Categorised support forums (one for everyone due in the same month)

Articles about every stage and what is developing when

Useful resources

Track baby size compared to fruit

Good layout

American so some info not relevant and uses imperial measurements (inches/ pounds).

Ads

Information changes weekly rather than daily

Doesn’t state its source of information.

Flo 4.7 Free with in-app purchases Covers preconception and pregnancy

Used by quite a few patients

Apparently the #1 most downloaded health app in the App Store (according to its website).

Baby Center 4.8 Free Great forum function for Aussie mums grouped into those due in the same month

User friendly

Great information

American so some info not relevant and uses imperial measurements (inches/ pounds).

Doesn’t state its source of information.

Premom Ovulation Tracker 4.6 Free with in-app purchases Log cycle

Ovulation prediction kit

Log symptoms

WebMD Pregnancy 4.1 Free Excellent information

Includes info on twins

Kindara Fertility Tracker 4.7 Free with in-app purchases Offers an online community of other women
Bub – Pregnancy Companion 4.4 Free with in-app purchases Covers preconception and pregnancy

Aussie made

Relatively new (4+ yrs)

 Other useful sources of information:
The Bump.com website NA Free Very comprehensive website.
Podcast – The Kick NA Free Invaluable source of information!
Mind the Bump NA NA Mindfulness exercises in pregnancy. Currently unavailable but moving into the Smiling Mind app.
Baby Tracker – Newborn Log 4.7 Free with in-app purchases

Pro – $7.99

Sleepy 3 Free with in-app purchases Baby Sleep app

Relatively new (4+ yrs)

Below are the top six apps as rated by an ObGyn from Glengarry Private Hospital, (Rowlands, 2021).

Pre-pregnancy:

  1. Fertility Friend
  2. Ovia
  3. Glow

Pregnancy:

  1. Pregnancy +
  2. What to Expect
  3. Full Term

And finally, following are the top four pregnancy apps of 2020 as rated by Aussie mums and readers of Babybee , (14 August, 2020)

  1. Pregnancy + – scored 8.3/10
  2. Ovia – scored 8.17/10
  3. Baby Center – scored 7.96/10
  4. What to expect – scored 7.91/10

Good luck!!

Dr Brad Robinson

Obstetrician Gynaecologist

Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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