The 5 Best Pregnancy Apps of 2019

These pregnancy apps keep you healthy and informed

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Pregnancy is a huge, life-changing event. You are bringing an entirely new life into the world and it's easier than ever to get overwhelmed by everything you need to remember, keep track of, and prepare before you bring your new baby home. These are apps aim to make pregnancy a little bit easier to get through.

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Best for Tracking Everything: Ovia Pregnancy Tracker

Ovia Pregnancy Tracker is open to display screenshots.

What We Like

  • Calendar lets you track appointments, and milestones.

  • Forums let you connect with other expecting mothers.

  • Tools for pregnancy from conception through birth.

What We Don't Like

  • With so many features it's easy to get lost.

Trying to keep track of everything going on during your pregnancy is nearly impossible. Between what you can eat, the way you feel, doctor's visits, keeping track of when your baby is due...it's a lot. Ovia Pregnancy Tracker makes that a bit easier by giving you a hub for the tons of information you need.

Ovia gives you a daily countdown that tracks how far along in the pregnancy you are, as well as how much time is left until the big day. There is a calendar for logging milestones and all those doctor visits, and a forum where you can reach out to other expectant Moms.

Ovia has tons of tools including kick counters for when that baby starts moving around, articles and videos, pregnancy details by week, a contraction counter, and even food and medication lookup.

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Best for Managing Your Baby Registry: Babylist Baby Registry

Babylist Baby Registry is open showing different features.

What We Like

  • Easy to create a full registry from your phone.

  • Coupons and other non-physical gifts.

  • Allows some control over who sees your registry.

What We Don't Like

  • Adding items from the internet can be glitchy on smartphones.

Preparing for a new baby isn't exactly cheap. By setting up a baby registry your friends and family can help ease that burden, and make sure you're ready when the big day finally arrives.

Babylist Baby Registry is an app that is built for just that. Build your registry through the website on your computer, or by using the app itself. Babylist lets you add specific items from the internet, peruse their list of popular items, and even add coupons like babysitting or cooking dinner.

This app doesn't have a ton of features, but what it does, it does well. You get access to an easy method for building your baby registry, as well as keeping it as private as you'd like. You can even require a password to view it.

Even after you've added items to your registry, you can still tweak things. If you receive items from your registry you can edit or remove them so you don't receive ten of the same toy. You can even add the name of who gave the item to you. It's also easy to organize, share, or edit your registry so you're always in control of what is going on.

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Best Tried and True: What to Expect Pregnancy Tracker

What to Expect Pregnancy Tracker is open to show different features.

What We Like

  • Personalized daily tracker with countdown to your due date.

  • Find groups to connect with other moms-to-be.

  • Tons of articles for every trimester of pregnancy.

What We Don't Like

  • It's easy to get overwhelmed from the sheer amount of information thrown at you.

What to Expect When You're Expecting is probably the best-known series of books about pregnancy. Now, you don't need to pick up the book, because they've got an excellent app that allows you to keep track of everything going on.

The What to Expect Pregnancy Tracker is built to help you keep track of your pregnancy and keep tabs on what is going on every step of the way. You get daily updates about your pregnancy, details about how your baby is growing, articles with more in-depth information, and even forums where you can connect with other parents-to-be.

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Best for Connecting With Other Moms-to-Be: Baby Center

Baby Center is open showing different features of the app.

What We Like

  • Tips for a healthy pregnancy.

  • Tons of great articles.

  • Groups and forums to connect with other moms-to-be.

What We Don't Like

  • Fewer features than other similar apps.

Whether you're already pregnant or trying to conceive, there can be a lot of questions that you need answered. Baby Center Pregnancy Tracker and Count Down to Baby Due Date aims to answer them through a combination of features, articles, and forums for you to connect with other parents-to-be.

Baby Center's big focus is the articles that they deliver. Each article is dedicated to a different period in your pregnancy and details ways to stay healthy, how your baby is developing, and even what kind of purchases you might be considering for your growing child.

The app delivers groups and forums that are based around your birth month, pop culture, or frequent questions other new moms might be asking. Baby Center also includes an area for sharing bumpies as your pregnancy progresses, a kick tracker, registry checklist and even a baby name generator if you can't seem to pick a favorite.

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Best for Visually Tracking Pregnancy: Glow Nurture Pregnancy Tracker

Glow Nurture is open showing different features of the app.

What We Like

  • Detailed insights on the development of your baby.

  • Tons of groups and forums based off of your interests.

  • Timelapse lets you chart your baby bump as it grows.

What We Don't Like

  • Premium membership is a bit steep.

No matter how much love and support you have from your partner, pregnancy can be a scary and overwhelming place. Glow Nurture aims to make it a little bit easier to handle with plenty of information, and the ability to easily connect with other parents-to-be who share your interests.

Glow Nurture is broken into three basic sections:

  • Home delivers bite-sized chunks of information, detailed for how far along you are in your pregnancy. This is also where you can log your intake of vitamins, exercise, water and more, along with a medical log for keeping track of all your statistical info.
  • Community is where you can connect with other parents, and it's fantastic. You can find groups depending on your birth month, or common interests and there are tons of tabs for you to thumb through. This means it's easy to connect with other pregnant moms who might be feeling the same way that you are.
  • Timelapse lets you upload photos of you and your baby bump throughout your pregnancy and then view it as a time-lapse video. It's a cute and easy way to build memories of your pregnancy without a lot of extra effort involved.

Glow Nurture delivers all of this for free, but they also have additional features hidden behind a paywall. It's a bit steep at $7 a month, but delivers tons of coupons, advanced charting of your pregnancy, and even more articles for you to check out.