Well, no. The first thing I did was order a few books about pregnancy on Amazon, because I'm nothing if not over-prepared. But a few days after that, I went a little crazy researching pregnancy apps, and downloaded five of them.
Yes, you read that right. Five! I wanted to test out a few different ones, and I figured I could delete the ones I didn't like later on.
But eight months later, I still have four of the five on my phone. And they're not just taking up space—I use each of them at least a few times a week! Each of them offers something a little different, so I find that each one is useful in its own way.
My main criteria for the apps was that they had to be free. No paying for apps for this girl! Beyond that, each of them offers a range of different resources. Here's a list of my five favorite pregnancy apps, with a short review.
1. Baby Bump app
This is my favorite app because I love that little green tracker at the top. It's been so much fun watching it go from wayyyy over on the left to where it is now. The app includes daily tips, weekly development articles, and a little "photo diary" to fill out week by week. My favorite are the frequent "Just for Dad" tips—they are a great mix of funny and sweet. I often forward them to Frank.
2. Baby Center app
This app was built for the Type A amongst us—every single day comes with a "to do" item to check off. I enjoyed checking off items for the first few weeks, but long ago stopped keeping up with them. But their articles are awesome, and the weekly development updates are my favorites—very informative.
3. What to Expect app
One of my friends said this was her favorite app, but I wasn't as crazy about it. Too many cheesy videos, maybe? But I love the impressive variety of articles they link to every day—including great blog posts!—and the list of "Common Symptoms" for each week. They made me go, "Yes! I'm not the only one!!!"
4. Ovia app
Let's put it this way: if you love celeb gossip and have a fancy, tricked-out nursery planned for your child, you will love this app. (Seriously, they are always linking to celebrity pregnancy stories!) I'm not that kind of person, but I can't resist keeping this app around for one little reason: the "baby hand" feature. You can click to see exactly how big your baby's hand is, week by week.
It's kind of the cutest thing ever. I love looking at that tiny hand, comparing it to mine, and imagining holding it someday!
5. The Bump app
As you can see from the picture, this is your standard pregnancy app, with all the usual features: calendar, weekly development updates, photo diary. This was the first pregnancy app I downloaded, and the only one of the five I've deleted. It's just kind of boring and doesn't offer anything that the other apps don't.
Honorable mentions: Sprout and Pregnancy+ apps
Dang, these two apps are cool. I loved the 3D images of what babies look like at all stages of in-utero development. These two would be my favorites, but the downside? Both of them cost money. They do offer a free trial of several weeks, however, so I'd check them out. And if you're willing to pay for your pregnancy apps (I wasn't), these two should be at the top of your list.