Pregnancy Support: Books, Websites & Apps
Updated: Jan 17, 2020
I have done A LOT of research since we found out that we're pregnant across a variety of different platforms including books, websites and apps. There is a lot of crap out there and I often find that even from website to website baby's length changes so it can be hard to figure out what is worth reading and what's not.
To try and save you some time I've narrowed it down to my top 3 of each category. These are the apps, books and websites that I have used consistently over the last 5 months and which you may also find useful or fun. If you think that there's something that I may find helpful please feel free to recommend any that you couldn't/can't live without.
What to Expect When You're Expecting - Heidi Murkoff It's kind of the bible and a book that I'm sure most women buy straight away but just in case you haven't I do recommend buying this. It covers pretty much everything and has detailed monthly sections on what you should be experiencing, with help for Fathers also.
How to Grow a Baby and Push it Out - Clemmie Hooper I've mentioned this book before in my 'First Trimester Essentials' post, a fun, no nonsense book about pregnancy. More of an honest account of being pregnant and how it isn't all glow. A very easy read!
Your Baby: Week by Week - Dr Caroline Fertleman and Simone Cave
If you are anything like me and you need to know as much information as possible then this is the book for you. All about after the baby is born it tells you just how many nappies you should expect to go through a day, what's normal and when you should call the doctor and how you should be feeling too.
There are so many resources on this website, including a wealth of articles from Pregnancy Dreams to Labour Basics. There are weekly sections on the growth and development of the baby and it's excellent for visuals, you can see pictures of baby in the womb and the 'Inside pregnancy' videos are fascinating to watch. If you've got a question about your pregnancy and beyond you will most probably be able to find the answer here.
With adorable fruit illustrations to show how big baby is and easy to digest information I have found myself coming back to this website through the pregnancy. There are also lots of fun articles to read and a baby name section should you want inspiration.
Not just for buying, although feel free to purchase too, the website has loads of advice on the bulk items you'll need (pram, car seat etc) and a blog for easy reading. Also watch out for the Mothercare Expectant Parent Evenings where you have free roam of the store with staff on hand to help you buy the big things.
This is my main pregnancy app, the one that I've used from day 1. The only downside is that it's American but otherwise I would highly recommend. There are tons of features, there's a weekly video from a lovely lady called Gina, you can change your 'baby fruit' setting to games, animals and bakery foods instead and there's a handy food lookup so if you aren't sure if you can eat something you just need to search. I did use Pregnancy + at the start as well but you have to pay £3.99 from 14 weeks so we abandoned it after that.
This app is essentially a dating app but for mums! You can search for other mum's in your area and arrange coffee mornings, cinema dates, or just chat with women who are also pregnant. As someone who doesn't know a lot of pregnant women or women with children this has been brilliant for talking to people in my area. There are also lots of fun articles to read so it's worth checking it out.
This is more of a fun app then an informative one but I thought I would include it anyway. You can select a pic from your camera roll and add stickers over the top. My favourite bit is in the pregnancy sticker section where, rather than 'fruit' sizes they give you junk food sizes. I'm currently a 12inch sub, but I'm looking forward to being a bucket of fried chicken more than is normal I think.