It’s the digital era and there seems to be an app that can enable you to do just about everything except detect where you misplaced your keys.
When you’re expecting a baby, there is a plethora of symptoms you will go through that will have you wondering if what you’re experiencing is normal.
This is where apps like What To Expect (WTE) and Baby Centre come in handy. I personally like the WTE app better, but some mums like the latter.
Which ever you choose, you will find this app to be your best friend in the pregnancy and motherhood journey as it literally walks with you up until your baby’s first year.
There are daily short tips offered on the WTE app and several articles that cover topics from how to deal with morning (or rather all day) sickness, what foods to avoid during your first trimester and beyond, what to expect during labour, to after giving birth, how to latch your baby properly when breastfeeding.
There are also videos that give practical advice.
In addition to the tips offered on the two apps, another handy app to have is the FitOn app.
I learnt about this app during my first trimester from following Gabriel Union’s on social media and seeing her post about the app and indeed it’s a great exercise tool. The app allows you to choose your preferences based on whether you want to lose weight, tone up, are expecting, and a range of other factors. You can join other users of the app in different fitness challenges and you can choose the type of exercise and time you want to spend on it.
The app was a good companion for me during all three trimesters and it was good to be able to see another expectant mum smashing those workout goals and lifting weights.
Another app to consider is the ‘Full term’ app when you are close to the finish line of your pregnancy. It helps you calculate your contractions and will sound an alarm of when you need to go to hospital when you are in active labour.
As I have mentioned time and again, raising a baby can be a costly affair, so you might want to install a budgeting app. Mint is a good option, though there are many around.
I have been reminded, though, that not everyone is on a budget. So if you are balling, feel free to ignore the recommendation for a budgeting app.
If you are old school, you don’t need to install the apps.
At the end of the day, it takes a village to raise a baby, so as much as you use apps, remember that family and friends are crucial to having a good motherhood journey.