Pregnancy is usually a period of discovery for the pregnant woman. Free apps available for Android and iPhone (iOS) phones, such as Pregnancy +, Pregnancy – Sprout and My Pregnancy and My Baby Today promise to clarify doubts and offer useful information that accompanies the woman's management week by week. With the belly, there is also a curiosity to better understand the changes in the body and the development of the baby and, therefore, the service caters to both mothers and parents, who come to know more about this period.
O TechTudo selected five of the best free pregnancy apps to help future parents prepare for the baby's arrival. It is worth remembering, however, that none of these apps replace the prenatal medical follow-up, which can be done free of charge by the Health Service (SUS). The intention is complementary with data and curiosities about the baby's growth.
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Timeline of Pregnancy + helps to remember exams and preparations for the baby's arrival Photo: Amanda de Almeida / Reproduo
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With great reviews on the App Store and Google Play, Philips Pregnancy +, considered the number one pregnancy app in the world, with more than 20 million users. The tool has a pleasant interface, easy to use and very complete, with daily updated information, personal diary, weight and visits to the doctor, kick counter, contraction timer and lists of names and purchases for the baby.
One of the main differentials of the application is that it can be customized for parents, grandparents and other family members, but the timeline, which shows the baby's development, also deserves mention. It is possible to know the stage of the fetus and still have some reminders of tests and preparations to be made for the child's arrival.
2. My Pregnancy and My Baby Today
My Pregnancy and My Baby Today compares babies to fruits and vegetables to show their size, weight and length Photo: Amanda de Almeida / Reproduo
BabyCenter application, My Pregnancy and My Baby Today accompanies not only the management, but also the first year of the baby. The intuitive interface and the advertisements do not get in the way of use. The system offers several features, such as the pregnancy calendar, which provides guidance on exercise and health, food tips, recipes and ideas for dealing with seasickness and other symptoms of pregnancy.
Among the highlights of the application are videos illustrating how the baby is growing in the belly and a comparison with fruits and vegetables that helps to get an idea of ??the size, weight and length of the fetus. For those who want to record the growth of the belly, there is a function to take weekly pictures and then turn the images into a video.
The impressive graphic features of Pregnancy – Sprout are the great highlight of this application Photo: Amanda de Almeida / Reproduo
The Pregnancy – Sprout app draws attention by bringing an image that resembles very detailed three-dimensional ultrasound. On this platform, the graphic resources combined with curiosities and tips are the highlight. By touching some points on the screen, the mother is informed about what is happening to the baby that week. It is possible to change the angle and also have fun comparisons of the size of the fetus, which at eight weeks old is the size of a gummy candy, for example.
The tips from the "Palavra do Mdico" area offer information that uses the guidelines of the Brazilian Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics as a basis. The app also offers an area to centralize appointment dates, to-do lists and other reminders related to baby's arrival.
Kangaroo Pregnancy app has a social network made up of mothers and specialists Photo: Amanda de Almeida / Reproduo
The Brazilian Kangaroo Pregnancy aims to be a complete guide to pregnancy. This includes attending not only pregnant women, but also tempting women planning to become pregnant. In terms of usability, the system is simple, without great graphic resources. On the other hand, it shows itself as one of the most efficient in terms of information content, with an agenda to organize exams, consultations and vaccines, a social network formed by other mothers and specialists and the possibility of creating a digital prenatal card, with all important baby information.
Another highlight is that, based on information provided by future months, the application classifies the risk of management as low, intermediate and high. In this way, the user can better prepare for childbirth and lead a more peaceful and well-informed management.
Gestogram and Delivery Plan are among the highlighted functions of the Meu Pr-Natal application Photo: Reproduo / Amanda de Almeida
Another Brazilian application, Meu Pr-Natal was developed by professors, students and researchers at the Faculty of Medicine of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). To use this tool, pregnant women must agree that their information will be used anonymously in scientific research at the university.
What stands out in this service is the accessible language and the variety of information. The "Gestogram" uses data such as the date of the last menstruation and the ultrasound to determine the probable date of delivery, and there is also a section for debts, a photo album and a counter for contractions. The most interesting thing here is the "Birth Plan", in which pregnant women can register their expectations and preferences. The goal is to encourage women's autonomy and humanize care through awareness.
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