There’s not much that can’t be accessed, or achieved, on a mobile phone nowadays. Smart phones are a staple of most people’s everyday lives in the UK, and there’s lots of really useful content that can be accessed on them.
There are a number of apps that we recommend that can give women a whole host of useful information about their pregnancy at the click of a button.
We've put together our favourites for this blog post; it’d be great to know of any others that you’ve found useful.
Squeezy is an NHS physio app, designed to help you keep track of the all-important post-natal pelvic floor exercises. By effectively exercising your pelvic floor after birth, you are helping to reduce the chances of having bladder problems later in life. This app features expert advice from chartered physiotherapists, and includes guides to assist with the exercises.
Full Term app is a contraction tracker that helps you monitor how frequently your contractions are coming, and for how long. When you call your midwife or hospital at the point of going into labour, they will need this information to assess whether it's the right time to go into hospital, or to send a midwife out to you – providing vital medical information.
iHypnoBirth Lite gives you a taste of the immense relaxation that hypnobirthing offers, including a relaxation track that doesn't impose constant advertising on you, as others may! This ‘lite’ version is a free trial of the paid app, so you can experience the features before making a purchase. The app plays the user positive affirmations and relaxing music, with the aim to create a positive birthing experience.
Baby Tracker a very useful app designed to help you track the number of feeds your baby has, along with the number of nappies filled. With breastfed babies, keeping track of feeding duration and intervals - along with the amount of wet and dirty nappies - helps your midwife assess for breastfeeding problems, and offers you peace of mind.
Pregnancy + is a tracking app which offers a visual representation of each stage of your pregnancy. NHS approved, and recommended by healthcare providers, Pregnancy + updates you with lots of useful information and images, as well as space for you to input and track your weight, appointments, kicks and contractions, and much more.
All of these apps are designed to help at some point during pregnancy or post-birth, offering digital methods of tracking and assistance. It would be great to know if you’ve used any of these apps, and what your experience has been.
Expectful is a science-based holistic maternal care app for mums-to-be and new mothers. Including a large selection of meditation and sleep programmes, on-demand fitness and birthing and parenting courses, it helps new and expectant mothers to prepare for their journey into motherhood. New mums and mums-to-be are fully supported with coaches, support, 1-1 sessions and live events. Their carefully curated content helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression and support emotional, physical and spiritual health for a better-balanced life, from fertility through to motherhood.
Baby2Body is a personalized digital health and wellbeing app designed to support women from preconception, throughout pregnancy and into motherhood. They cover all of a woman’s needs throughout maternity, from wellbeing to nutrition and fitness. With over 1 million women using it, the app is free to download and offers daily tips and advice and tracks your habits to keep you healthy and motivated. The Premium upgrade includes meal plans, easy-to-follow recipes, calming meditations, sleep support and safe workout exercises, among many features, helping women stay fit, calm and feel fantastic.
All of these apps are designed to help at some point during pregnancy or post birth, offering digital methods of tracking and assistance. It would be great to know if you’ve used any of these apps, and what your experience has been.