Week by Week Pregnancy Apps: Limitations
Smartphone pregnancy apps to detail your baby’s development have few limitations. The main problem is getting the due date right. The only way the apps will be able to offer the most up to date information is by knowing your exact due date. If you get it wrong, even by a day or so, you will end up with information that is too far advanced or behind the development.
Most of the apps allow you to set your exact due date. If you don’t know it, you can work it out with their calculator by inputting the date of your last menstrual cycle. Once you have your ultrasound, and you have more specific due date, you can make the changes easily so your app shows the right information – this is especially important for the My Pregnancy Today app which shows the information daily.
While the information is created by experts, it is documenting the average pregnancy, and yours may not be average. If you have any concerns, talk to your doctor or health care provider.
- It’s really easy to start reading the information on the app and start worrying when you’re not experiencing the same symptoms.
- There are nutrition guides and weight gain analyses available but they are for the average pregnancy. If you’ve been given other advice by your doctor, follow that advice, and not the pregnancy app.
Not all pregnancy apps are free. iPregnancy is one of those. Not all mums will want to spend money on something that only sees them through nine months of the year, especially when apps like My Pregnancy Today are available for free for the iPhone and Android smartphones.
Track Your Pregnancy Week by Week
Smartphone apps make it very easy to track your pregnancy on a weekly basis. You can check the information wherever you are, whenever you feel worried, or whenever you feel like connecting with your baby. Many of the apps include other benefits, including weight tracking options and give tips to get ready for the birth of your baby. However, they’re not designed to be used as a medical substitute – just as an extra pregnancy resource, like the smartphone pregnancy journals and other apps.
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