Moms today are more tech savvy than ever, using apps to help from everything from the delivery to the toddler years. The List's Teresa Strasser is one of them. She recently went back to the hospital where she had her baby 6 months ago to check out this new trend.
Lindsay Bencic, Women's Health Manager at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, said lots of moms use pregnancy apps "because they are so much more accurate."
One of the more popular apps is called Full Term . It times contractions, tracks their intensity and keeps a handy log you can email to your doctor and keep for posterity. It is available for Android and iPhone.
Bencic suggests several apps in the medical center's prenatal education classes: What to Expect, based on the best-selling book ‘What To Expect When You're Expecting,' and BabyCenter, which gives you advice every day of your pregnancy. Both are free and available on Android and iPhone platforms.
After you have the baby comes the name. If you run into problems check out the Baby Names Wizard app. For 99 cents you can search for meanings and popularity of names and save your favorites so you don't forget them when the time comes. Available for iPhone.
The weeks and months following baby's arrival can be rough on a new mom. There is so much going on it's hard to keep track of everything, including feeding times. Bencic recommends Baby Nursing . This free app keeps track of nursing times and which side you last used. It is available for Android and iPhones.
There are also the after effects of the pregnancy that you may need to address. For this, you may want to look into apps to remind you about your Kegel exercises to get your pelvic muscles back into shape.
There are a few free ones out there that will help you measure the times to hold and release and even send reminders. We found Kegel Trainer on iPhone and Kegel Kat for both Android and iPhone.
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