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<p>I'm not sure how many of you mamas have iPhones, iPads, or the iPod touch, but I have a few resources that I use regularly that are great for pregnancy. I just wanted to share!</p>
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<p>1. What to Expect Pregnancy - this one I like because it tracks daily how far along I am in weeks and days, a big weekly update on where I am physically as far as growth, what to expect, etc, and how big baby is and what he/she is doing. There are also little daily tips that are sometimes helpful. After this many kids, I pretty much know all of them and the ones about dad don't apply to me at all.</p>
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<p>2. What to Expect Baby's Name - This one is so great because it has baby names broken down by boy & girl, alphabetical, and the top ranked names for the last 10 years or so. Their name rankings are directly from the Social Security rankings list so they're accurate. There are meanings, orgins, and you can do a favorites list.</p>
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<p>3. Pregnancy & Medication Safety LITE - this one is a free app, you can pay for the one with more info but it's not necessary. It's basically a huge database of just about every kind of mediation you can think of. It lists the dosages, pregnancy risk category, and explains what the category means. It's a nice quick reference for if you're trying to find a drug that you can take safely and can't get in touch with your OB or midwife.</p>
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<p>4. APGAR (free) - pretty self explanatory. There is a timer that you can start at birth and you just click the different categories and you get the APGAR score for 1 minute and later for 5 minutes after birth.</p>
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<p>5. labor & Contraction Timer - this one is by Michael Kale and it was free too. It keeps your information in the program so you don't lose it all and have to restart if you close the app. It's really simple with a bit "Start Contraction" button. It does how long the last ctx was, how long from previous, and it does averages for 20 mins, 60 mins, and 24 hours: how long, how long between, and how many ctx.</p>
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<p>6. iPregnancy - this one I use in conjunction with the WTE Pregnancy app. The iPreg one has a calendar and lets you enter things like weight, appts, symptoms, fetal movement, and more. It has a place to enter notes and a few fields that you can customize for your own stuff.</p>
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<p>I don't have this one, but it's by Michael Kale as well. It's called Baby Timer and it's $4.99. It tracks wet & poopy diapers, feedings, pumping sessions (time and amount pumped), how long baby has been awake or asleep, and other activities too. It works for multiples. It also has a place to do notes for ped visits, vitamins, etc.It can even tell you what side to nurse on next, and it can time your feedings. All of the info can be exported to Excel so you can take it to the ped if you want/need to. It looks pretty neat and I'll probably end up buying it if for nothing else than the pumping stuff since I like to track that info.</p>
 

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<p>I have the standard WTE on my phone for a quick peek at how far along I am, but I hate WTE on principal. ;)  I'll have to check out some of the others you have! Though I really hate those contraction timer ones, because they just encourage you to micromanage your labour which is way more likely to screw you up! Just relax and go with the flow. Same with feeding/changing/sleep schedules... baby is so much happier if you just put that ish DOWN! ;)</p>
 

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<p>I totally agree! WTE drives me crazy too. The books seem like giant lists of what's going to go wrong with your pregnancy and just do whatever your doctor says. Ugh.</p>
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<p>The ctx timer is good for me in the very early stages of labor when I'm trying to see if there is a pattern of any kind emerging. After I'm in labor I ditch any kind of timing stuff because it's extra work that I don't want to worry about.</p>
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<p>As far as the baby timing stuff, I agree with that too! I do like the pumping monitoring aspect because I keep track of all of that. When I pumped for 6 months for my birthdaughter I tracked every single pumping session, date, time started, how many total ounces pumped and I put it all into a giant spreadsheet. I think in that 6 months I pumped a swimming pool full of breastmilk! The rest of that stuff (diapers, feedings, sleeping, etc) seems obsessive and over the top unless there is some kind of issue with baby where tracking all of that would be helpful. I was the new mom in the hospital that didn't fill out any of the little charts that they leave for wet and dirty diapers and feedings. I figured that if my baby was eating, sleeping, peeing and pooping that was all I needed to know. :)</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>littleteapot</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1290247/handy-pregnancy-apps#post_16172171"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I have the standard WTE on my phone for a quick peek at how far along I am, but I hate WTE on principal. ;)</p>
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Ditto!  My sister asked me if I wanted her copy of WTE, and I said "no, thanks!".  Nicely, because I know she was only trying to help, but that book gives me the heebie-jeebies.</p>
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<p>I do plan on tracking feedings and diaper changes, at least for the first month or two.  I know whenever my sis has taken her baby to the ped for anything other than a routine check-up he asks about all that, and I'd much rather have the info on hand instead of trying to remember on my own.  Also I'm a little terrified of being someone's <strong>mother</strong>, and right now technology is my security blanket.  <span><img alt="nut.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/nut.gif"></span></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>nikie23</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1290247/handy-pregnancy-apps#post_16175335"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a>  Also I'm a little terrified of being someone's <strong>mother</strong>, and right now technology is my security blanket.  <span><img alt="nut.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/nut.gif"></span></div>
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<br><br><p>YES. THIS.</p>
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<p>I'm a huuuuge fan of technology and organization that way and I can totally relate. This is my first baby and I'm just kind of nervously scrambling to find a way how to manage this, or figure out how to do everything.</p>
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<p>I'm sure I'll let go a lot once I've got it all initially figured out.</p>
 

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<p>I have Sprout because I like to see the 3D image (not real scan) of the baby at each week.</p>
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<p>I also have Most Baby Names.  It's by the people who wrote the book with over 100,000 names.</p>
 

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I have the WTE app to help me keep track of how many weeks I am, but I can't stand it. Every daily article is about either exercise, not gaining too much weight, or having sex. It's really annoying.
 

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I have the WTE app to help me keep track of how many weeks I am, but I can't stand it. Every daily article is about either exercise, not gaining too much weight, or having sex. It's really annoying.</div>
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<p><br><span style="color:rgb(128,0,128);">I know exactly what you mean! All the stuff about what to eat drives me batty. I know how to eat for pregnancy and I really don't care about weight gain at all. I like the tracker of how far along I am and seeing what fruit or vegetable the baby is compared to each week. Other than that, I could lose the app.</span></p>
 
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