Graphic guide holds your hand day by day while you wait for the baby
BabyCentre My Pregnancy Today
On the 14th week of my pretend pregnancy for the sake of this review, this app tells me what to expect in my second-trimester prenatal visit and reminds me to take a belly photo. There's also a fascinating yet startling animated 3-D video of how a baby grows either into a boy or a girl.
Although it's been some time since I was pregnant for real, I remember very clearly the insatiable hunger for information about your growing baby and about the birth itself. While I raised my dolls on the hand-drawn illustrations in Dr Spock's Baby and Child Care, and then my real babies on the ubiquitous but sparsely illustrated What to Expect When You're Expecting, mothers have never had it so graphic.
This app takes a mother-to-be through her pregnancy day by day, with videos, annotated illustrations and plenty of expert advice and tips.
In a typical week, it covers changes in your body, describes your baby's growth stage and suggests things to do, from spending time with your partner to eating a pregnancy super food.
It also discusses issues that may concern you during that time, such as feeling your baby move, or perhaps going to a rock concert while pregnant.
The app looks after you until your baby is two weeks old, and even then, you are not abandoned. The app is produced by BabyCenter.com, which covers baby and childcare issues from pre-conception to the developmental stages of your eight-year-old.
The nicest thing about this app, however, is that you can check it out anywhere, although you do need an internet connection to view the videos. With your feet up on the sofa, in the waiting room for your check-up, and even in the middle of the night, you can feed your thirst for knowledge at a touch.