In today’s world, there is an app for everything and as a tech savvy lady, I tried out several mobile applications before settling on this one app during my pregnancy. Although I’ve been told that women have done so in the past, I myself, cannot fathom going through pregnancy and birth without the help of this particular app.
My favorite pregnancy app:
Ovia Pregnancy Tracker & Baby Calendar
I begun my pregnancy with around 8 applications and finished up with only the Ovia Pregnancy Tracker & Baby Calendar App. The app has all the general features of most pregnancy applications such as weekly tracking of the pregnancy week and baby’s size. When you first access the application, you input information relative to yourself such as name, date of birth, height and pre-pregnancy weight, after which it asks you to give your future baby a nickname. Based on your last menstrual cycle, the application then suggests a expected due date.
The details which it displays about the baby are pretty general, however they are shown in a lovely graphic format. Each week there is a new article on the baby which says what it is going through, how big it is etc. You can set a baby size theme to “Fruits & vegetables”, “Parisian bakery”, “Fun & games”, or “Weird-but-cute animals”, which compares the size of your baby to these things. It also shows you the size of the baby’s feet and hands in comparison to what they will be at birth, which is quite fun to look at.
There is a calendar feature which allows you to upload belly shots, add doctors appointments, record milestones or just jot down some notes about the pregnancy. You can track and subsequently create goals for your weight, sleep, activity, steps per day, blood pressure and nutrition.
While these are all wonderful features, the main asset of this application is the tools which is offers. You don’t need additional apps for recording kicks or recording your contractions at the end of your pregnancy – it’s all there in the one application.
The medical guidebook feature means you no longer need to Google whether certain medications are alright to use during your pregnancy! You can look them all up in the list of FDA recommended medications. Is that fish safe to eat? Search for it! Can you use Tylenol? Type in ‘tyle..’ and you have already have all the information you need! There is also a comprehensive compilation of common pregnancy symptoms.
The app can conntect to several quantified self devices such as blood pressure monitors and scales but you can record all this information manually as well. Based on the mix of recorded symptoms, the app analyzes the data and automatically responds by either alerting the user of specific conditions which these could be a sign of (such as preeclampsia or anemia) or by featuring an article pertaining to the symptoms and how to treat them. This is definitely the biggest advantage to using Ovia – all of the personalized feedback.
Ovia also has a ‘community’ forum where pregnancy can be discussed with other app users. I didn’t use this part of the application so I really don’t have anything useful to say about it.
Overall, I highly recommend the Ovia application to any expectant mother who is looking for a personalized experience in an app. The features are really comprehensive and includes everything that is needed for pregnancy in terms of monitoring and tracking. The app is available on Andriod and iOS.
The next application I will review will pertain to baby monitoring, so stay tuned!