When you stop and think about how little you have to think about your pregnancy throughout the day, it’s pretty amazing. Your body just takes over and does all the work for you. It truly is a miracle how aside from getting used to a few discomforts and making healthy choices you can easily get lost in what you’re doing and lose focus of your growing baby.
As a visual learner, I like to be reminded about my pregnancy so I can take time to appreciate it. Since I (along with most) carry my cell phone around with me wherever I go, I thought a $3.99 investment in a pregnancy app wasn’t too bad. I chose to purchase iPregnancy for my iPhone and have been very happy with it!
iPregnancy is an application written by a practicing OB-GYN, Gregory Moore, MD. It works by you first entering how far you are in your pregnancy by using either your last period, conception date, ultrasound estimate, or due date. From there the program guides you through your pregnancy. When launched, the home screen shows your baby’s gestational age in weeks, months, days, and what percentage you are through your pregnancy by using a “progress bar” that fills up as you get further into your pregnancy. It lets you know your current trimester and has a flashing “delivery safety zone” so you can see how close you are to being full-term. The app does your countdown to baby for you telling you how many weeks and days you have until your due date, and if you decide to find out your baby’s sex, it will let you select either a boy or girl background image in place of the initial gender-neutral one.
In addition to watching the pregnancy progress bar move along you can go to the “Pictures” tab and view what your baby likely looks like in both a 3D ultrasound example and a schematic drawing. I find this feature especially neat because it gives you an idea of the inside view you can’t see. The next tab over compliments this with the inside “Information” and details of what’s going on during the current week in terms of the mom’s body development and baby’s. Topping off the baby info section is an approximate current length and weight to further help you visualize your baby.
iPregnancy also acts as a pregnancy organizer by helping you track your OB visits, journal entries, favorite names, next prenatal appointment, questions to ask your practitioner, and important phone numbers. The journal and OB visit entries allow you to attach a picture, add notes, or enter in visit specifics such as if there were any labs, exams, or ultrasounds performed, your blood pressure, the fetal heart rate, and your weight. A weight detail can be viewed as a chart to show how you are doing as well as the intervals of weight gained between visits.
What I’ve found most helpful about the app is how it allows me to share my pregnancy’s progress with friends and family. It’s so easy to understand the graphics and it brings what’s going on under your belly-bump to the front of your mind. In a few short minutes a day, you can learn about, organize and appreciate your pregnancy. For those who are wondering if it is worth it, I would say absolutely!
Check out the video tour of iPregnancy below.