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9 Months! Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Amy Solomon on February 12th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HIGHLY EDUCATIONAL
9 Months! is a highly detailed application about how a baby develops within their mother's body, also including information about conception.
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Track Your Pregnancy with Glow Nurture

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Glow Nurture is a pregnancy tracking app that keeps your unique pregnancy in mind. The app uses data you provide such as due date, your exercise levels, and symptoms to tailor alerts and insights about your pregnancy. The app also works with Jawbone and MyFitnessPal to make managing your food and activities easier. The app was also recently featured on The Today Show.

Glow Nurture has a lot of different functions: Daily tasks and updates, fetal development images, a countdown to your delivery, photo sharing, Checklists for your hospital bag and baby registry, an appointment calendar, and more. It seeks to take the worry out of your pregnancy and let you take control.

You can download Glow Nurture for free on the App Store.

See The Effects Of Pregnancy With PreggoBooth

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 16th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

The App Store is far from low on filtering apps that adjust users' images in numerous quirky ways. PreggoBooth is one such new addition but it does so with some pretty neat results.

The app enables the user to see how they'd look if they were pregnant and at various stages of pregnancy. Refreshingly for such an app, there aren't any freak results, all are quite appropriate. 3 months, 6 months and full term are possible here and the app doesn't just place a big bump on the person's stomach. Instead, it adjusts everything about the person making for a more realistic look.

PreggoBooth is still meant to be light hearted, however, which is why users can also adjust men to look pregnant with some startling but fun results.

The app might not revolutionize anyone's life but it's a fun break from life and would ideally suit something like a baby shower or even bachelorette party. All images can be shared with all the major social networks.

PreggoBooth is out now, priced at $0.99.

Hear Your Baby's Heartbeat With My Baby's Beat

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 5th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Is it just me that thinks it's utterly amazing that women can have an entire life grow inside of them? While I understand all the science behind it, there's still that little part of me that thinks wow when I think about it. I'm certainly not at that stage in my life yet to have a child but apps like My Baby's Beat sound awesome.

It's an app that aims to help you hear your baby's heartbeat using only the iPhone microphone and a set of regular headphones. There's a lot of potential benefits here. Understandably, it's no doubt easy to get paranoid in the last trimester of a pregnancy and worry when your baby's a bit quiet. Use My Baby's Beat and you should be able to hear it, instantly putting you at ease. You can then record the heartbeat and email it to anyone you like as well as share it on Facebook which is a pretty cool touch.

The only real caveats are that you do have to make sure that you switch your iPhone to airplane mode throughout using the app just in case. You can also only use it in the final trimester of pregnancy, presumably for the sake of accuracy.

While there's no way of me testing this out (unless I start accosting pregnant women in the street - probably a bad idea!), it sounds a fantastic concept and one that is bound to entice expectant mothers.

My Baby's Beat is currently available on sale for $1.99.

Your Pregnancy Week by Week Review

Posted by Amy Solomon on September 3rd, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

“Your Pregnancy Week By Week” is an application designed to give both basic info and to aid in keeping others informed about your pregnancy. I did like the fact that once you add your dates, this app will keep count of what week you are in and give you some info week to week about the changes your baby is undergoing, and there is a calendar function that could be useful. There is also a blog which allows you to social network and a "Baby Alert" feature that lets you notify a list of contacts when you enter the hospital.

I did have some problems with the information section of this app. The info section is divided into topics. Each topic is illustrated by a photograph, and there are times that the text, (which is white) scrolls over a light section of the image, making it hard to read. The topics were both oddly arranged and chosen, and I also found myself saying “yeah...but” while reading much of the information, sometimes being confused, and sometimes disagreeing with what I was reading. The interface of this app in general was less than intuitive.

Ladies who are very invested in keeping friends and family up-to-date in their pregnancy may enjoy this app. I also like the fact that this app is pro-breast feeding.

Sprout - Pregnancy Essentials Review

Posted by Nina Ignaczak on July 19th, 2010
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

This pricey pregnancy app packs a wallop in terms of content and utility- it includes virtually everything a novice prego needs to track, record, and plan for each unfolding detail of the miracle of life growing within. The mom-to-be sets up a profile which includes the name and sex of the baby (I Don't Know is an option), as well as a due date. The My Baby section features a weekly photo-realistic, computer-generated image illustrating fetal appearance, complete with text descriptions of key aspects of development. Several of the images include 3D rotation functionality, allowing mommy to turn and spin baby to view from all angles with the flick of a finger.

The Doctor Says section provides detailed textual overview of development and tips for self-care for the given week of pregnancy. An organizer section is also included, featuring an M.D Visit Planner, To Do list, Newborn Essentials shopping list, and, of course, the inevitable Hospital Bag packing list (do people really pack these bags??).

Possibly the niftiest component of the app is the suite of tools included- a weight tracker (much slicker than the Excel spreadsheet I used), a kick counter, and contraction timer. The kick counter in particular I would have found useful during pregnancy: just hit start and touch the kick button every time that little bundle of joy elbows you in the ribs. When done you have a nice dated report of kicks for the given time interval. Doc will be proud.

The app integrates a great deal of functionality for the pregnant mom into a single clean and streamlined interface. If I were to have another child I would definitely use it.