There are daily tips and a weekly update explaining what’s going on with your body and baby. You can play slideshows of you and your baby’s week-by-week development. These are in the form of drawings showing an expanding belly and what’s inside.
You can also join online pregnancy groups and use the app to keep a journal.
The free version has advertising on the bottom. The $4 pro version doesn’t. The pro version also has a kick counter and contraction tracker, along with planning tools for shopping, name selection and birth announcements. I didn’t feel the need to pay.
WebMD Pregnancy (free, for Apple devices only):
I like this app the most. Like the BabyBump app, there’s a pregnancy calendar and weekly illustrations showing development. But WebMD’s pictures are more vibrant and less cartoonish, though a bit more graphic.
There are daily tips and suggested questions to ask your doctor at your next appointment.
You can keep track of your doctor’s appointments and log your weight and blood pressure. Although I used the app to track how much weight I was gaining, I didn’t bother with the blood pressure and found my Google calendar to be more useful in logging appointments.
The app includes a kick counter and contraction timer for free, whereas I had to pay for those features with BabyBump.
I found this app easier and more fun to use than BabyBump.
Bellabeat (free app, but heart monitor costs $129; app for Apple and Android devices):
At-home fetal heart listening systems aren’t new. There are a handful of products of varying prices and quality, but many people have complained that they don’t work well and aren’t easy to use, especially in the early stages of pregnancy.