Pregnancy is an amazing and beautiful thing, but it can be confusing, especially if it's your first time around.  A tool that seems to be helpful for new moms is pregnancy apps on your phone.  They are not just helpful during pregnancy, but if you find the right one, it will help you track your fertility before pregnancy and keep track of baby's milestones once they're born. 

These apps are interactive, making it easy for you to swap stories with other moms-to-be so you can feel connected during this important part of your life. If you're expecting and you haven't already downloaded a baby app or don't particularly like the one you're using, read on to see a few other pregnancy apps and which one you pefer.

  1. OVIA PREGNANCY TRACKER - You start with Ovia Fertility, which helps you track your cycle and ovulation. Once you're pregnant, you switch over to Ovia Pregnancy Tracker, which is known for being super personalized (you log your symptoms and moods and can get alerts in real-time when a symptom seems out of the ordinary). On top of that, the whole interface is simple to use and your baby's size is compared to things like French desserts (at 17 weeks, it's a little crème brûlée!). Cost is free.
  2. TOTALLY PREGNANT - If you're looking for an app that works 360, then Totally Pregnant is worth looking into. You can see 3-D photos of your baby every week, take online pre-natal classes, and even create a birth plan. Planning a shower? Your registry can also be set up right on the app. Plus, everything is interactive—you can watch videos of other moms on their pregnancy journey. If you need a little moral support, you'll also be invited to live chat with other soon-to-be moms around the world. Cost is free with some in-app purchases.
  3. GLOW NURTURE - This best pregnancy app places a strong emphasis on community. Glow Nurture allows you to communicate with other moms who are as far along as you are to share your experiences (for example, you'll be able to message with other women expecting July babies). On top of that, Glow is best for moms who like daily logging from everything from water consumed to prenatal vitamins to exercise. If you have a competitive streak, the Comparison tracker will let you see how your activities rank versus other moms. Cost is free.
  4. SPROUT PREGNANCY - Sprout is really taking things to the next level with its Pregnancy app (Fertility and Baby work for before and after pregnancy). Standout features include a hospital bag checklist and ability to record kicks and share them on Facebook (social media lovers, rejoice). Plus a pregnancy journal lets you record the milestones during this time (and gives you prompts if you don't know where to start writing). Cost is free.

Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start, Child Care Partnership, and Early Intervention programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Safe and healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world.

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