Babble’s latest Top 50 is a list of the best mobile apps for moms. Quite a few of them could be useful for pregnant moms (or aspiring pregnant moms) as well.
First, you could use IPeriod Free to help you decipher your cycle and get pregnant in the first place. Once you’re gestating, there’s Sprout Pregnancy Essentials, a pretty hefty app with a pile of pregnancy-specific features: You can keep track of your healthcare provider visits and what you want to remember to ask at each one. Then there are to-do lists and packing and shopping lists for birth and new baby. And you can entertain yourself with 3D pics of fetuses at the same stage of development as your own.
But pregnant parents can also make interesting use of some of the other apps on the list…
Urbanspoon can help you find whatever food your heart or hormones desire with the spin of a virtual dial.
Every pregnant woman is a bladder-compromised, hormone-stimulated peeing machine. SitorSquat could be your knight in shining white porcelain. This app will help you find the nearest toilet, complete with ratings and photographs, so you can see the situation before you waddle yourself over there.
Health anxieties and pregnancy go together like pickles and unpasteurized cheese. Between the Web MD app and the Merck Manual app, you’re never more than a tap away from Dr. Internet. Now you won’t even need a keyboard to convince yourself that pain in your calf is not a cramp, but Deep Venous Thrombosis, probably resulting from too much time on the couch watching Real Housewives marathons.
You can also get a preview of your not-so-distant future with apps like Baby Activity Logger, which helps you track your baby’s eating, sleeping, pooping and…wait, what else is there? Or you can see how much more complicated it will be to get from point A to point B from now on with the help of Baby Travel. On second thought, you might want to live in blissful ignorance of these things for as long as possible.
Perhaps a soothing game of Angry Birds?
photo: Sean Justice/Corbis