Expectant parents, especially if it’s their first child, spend more time than almost any other group surfing the net for information and ideas. This exciting and anxiety-filled time brings about more questions than any non-parent could ever imagine. To satisfy your quest for knowledge about all things natal, check out these pregnancy-oriented sites and apps:
Anyone who’s ever stepped inside a OB-GYN or pediatrician’s office has probably come in contact with a copy of Parenting magazine. Like all good modern publications, this periodical has a companion website to give expectant couples even more information about getting pregnant, being pregnant, and what happens next at every stage of your child’s life.
2. What to Expect
Virtually every pregnant woman has read a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, undoubtedly the most popular book available to tell you every little detail about each stage of pregnancy. What to Expect is another companion website that provides information in a more interactive format. Guess what – What to Expect comes in an app, too.
3. How to Name Your Baby
Who doesn’t ponder over this important decision? After all, you might be faced with very different outcomes depending on whether you name your new baby girl Mildred or Candy. This website scours the Social Security databases to provide lists of baby names by frequency and year to help you make this critical choice. The Baby Names app can help you with this decision while you’re on-the-go.
4. Planning Family
If you’re interested in tracking your pregnancy, don’t forget to check out this site. The information contained on tells you everything you need to know week by week and trimester by trimester. It not only tells you about all the changes going on with your body, but also about what stage your baby is in at any given point in time. You can read all about diet and exercise recommendations and other information that’s relevant to each stage of your pregnancy as well.
5. The BabyFace App
Need a little diversion while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store? Simply enter a list of both parents’ traits in this app and you’ll soon have a visual prediction of what your baby will look like.
6. Contraction Timer
This might be the best app you ever add to your smartphone. This handy little app not only times your contractions, it gives you both a rolling 20-minute and one-hour average so you know how fast your labor is progressing. With a simple one-button operation, even the nervous dad can handle this one.
7. Baby Bump
This one, both an app and a website, allows eagerly-expecting parents to log and track every detail leading up to the big day. Need a little company? Both the app and the site connect you to a friendly community for support. You can also share the news about your progressing labor through Twitter, Facebook, or email using Baby Bump.
With a wide variety of websites and interactive apps, you’ll have all the information you need at every stage of your pregnancy. What’s your favorite stage of pregnancy?
Christina Jenkins is a new stay at home mom who is keeping her sanity through blogging. An avid lover of learning and parenthood, she stalks mom websites all day long. She is bad at updating her Twitter but you can follow her here: @OhJenkies