I was having a conversation with my sister who recently found out she is pregnant, and she clued me into something that has changed since I had my children all those years ago - the rise of smartphone pregnancy apps. While she's still stocking up on plenty of baby planning and new parents books, my sister also said that she frequently uses her phone to investigate questions or concerns that pop up on the go. This was a totally new concept to me (although in today's world, I should have suspected this would happen), because people were still getting used to the idea of text messaging around the time my children were born.
I have to admit that I wish I had a few of these during my nine months of wavering between intense stress levels, morning nausea and ravenous hunger. I bet my husband wouldn't have minded avoiding a few panic-inducing phone calls from me when I started over thinking every little ache and pain, which could have been avoided with a quick glance at my phone.
So to those women out there looking for a baby gift that doubles as a gift for Mom, here are a few smartphone baby apps you might want to investigate.
What To Expect
If you're expecting a child, chances are you've heard of the soon-to-be mother's bible, What to Expect When You're Expecting. Well, MyLifeScoop.com reports that there is a free app based on this book, which provides frequent updates about the physical and emotional changes that pregnant women can expect to deal with. You can also learn about the development of the baby inside the womb so nothing catches you by surprise during the next nine months.
Just as its name suggests, Contraction Master is the perfect tool to help time contractions during labor, according to NPR.org. You can easily track the severity of your contractions and consult a bar chart that shows your overall progress.
Pregnancy isn't all about weight gain and weird food cravings, it's also a great time to get presents! However, with so many friends and family members showing up to your baby shower, it can be difficult to keep track of who gave you what, which is where the iThankYou app comes in handy. According to NRP.org, you can snap a picture of each gift and note who gave it to you and when - this way you can remember to send everyone a thank you card for their generosity.
Foods to Avoid When Pregnant
While everyone knows the stereotype of women craving weird food combinations when pregnant, there are actually plenty of dishes you should avoid for the next nine months. Luckily,
the Foods to Avoid When Pregnant app is your one-stop location to determine if what you're about to order or prepare is safe for you and your baby, reports AmericanPregnancy.org.
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