Baby bump growth. First heart beats. Kicks and contractions.
A new smartphone app records baby’s precious in-utero firsts for mom-to-be to keep — sort of like digitally scrapbooking.
WebMD Pregnancy, named after the healthy information giant that created it, documents the pregnancy experience for curious mothers who want to learn more about their little pea’s development.
Dr. Hansa Bhargava said she developed the app to help educate women about their 40 weeks of pregnancy and to bring both parents peace of mind. In other words, the app keeps track of baby’s growth so you don’t have to worry as much.
Women can document their weight and blood pressure between doctor’s visits, track symptoms and contraction times as well as keep a photo journal of their belly during their pregnancy stages. Women can also create a “baby belly slide show” to upload and share with their friends on Facebook.
The pregnancy app has an “Ask My Doctor” feature that preps parents with questions to ask their physician before their next appointment.
And for those of you who have gone on bump watch, Bhargava said the app has week-by-week images of what baby would like inside your belly. Near each photo are bulleted captions outlining how the fetus has grown and how the mom-to-be’s body will be changing.
At Week 8, for example, your baby is roughly 0.51 inches, or the size of a coffee bean. Your heart is also pumping 50 percent more blood per minute than before pregnancy.
Pregnancy online sites and apps with fetal updates is not new, but having a mobile app that allows a mother to record precious moments — such as kicks, heart beats and contractions — and give access to physician approved medical information and articles is.
“It has all the information that a mom-to-be could want, but also may need, all in one place and it’s personalized,” Bhargava said.
While developing the pregnancy app, Bhargava and her team interviewed 800 moms about their needs and wants during pregnancy. Two-thirds of the women said they wanted information on one site on their mobile device instead of having to click through many sites. WebMD’s pregnancy app has eliminated the need for multiple sources.
And for those trying to conceive, the app offers tips and factoids to help you get pregnant and boost fertility.
Chelsea Flynn, 21, is a University of Nebraska at Omaha student interning for momaha this spring.
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