From prenatal to postpartum: We covered Glow in September when it provided ovulation and fertility tracking, but now the company has added a whole ’nother niche to its service: First, Glow would help you get pregnant; then Glow Nurture gave pregnancy tips; now it takes on the behavior and feelings you might experience after giving birth.
“The ‘4th trimester’ of a pregnancy can be just as crucial as the first three,” the company says. “Glow Nurture is proud to become the one and only pregnancy app to provide postpartum support. Glow Nurture Postpartum has been designed to take care of you, while you take care of your baby. We will provide you with the most relevant insights, up-to-date research, parenting tips, content from the funniest mommy blogs and tasks that help you heal faster.”
There’s more information here.
Can you “Take control of your reproductive health” as the developer of Glow claims? A recent review of the free app on the Gizmodo technology site says: Yes, you can.
Glow says its will let you pinpoint your ovulation day and track your period with its “advanced proprietary algorithms and its ability to crunch vast amounts of data at multiple stages of the reproductive journey.”
The article on Gizmodo notes “actually made gathering information about cervical mucus (CM) pretty fun (well, as fun as it could be). Using the app was enjoyable. I’d tap in my temperature and other fertility cues during my morning Instagram-feed viewing. Later, I’d fill in basic health information about my day—exercise, alcohol consumption, energy—while riding the bus. (Now the app syncs with fitness trackers to import all that data as well.) When I didn’t log information, the app would ping me. But I didn’t need the reminders very often. I became diligent about tracking. My husband was able to download the app, too, and have access to all my information. Dare I say, it was almost fun.”
The complete review is here.
The company also offers Glow First, which it says is “the world’s first fertility funding community, for those wanting to have a baby as soon as possible.”
The free app is here.
The Sound Sleeper app promises “calming, soothing sounds of nature,” as well as white noise, relaxing melodies, and nursery rhymes — all to help your baby “relaxand drift gently off to sleep.
The software is billed as a “three-in-one sleep solution for you and your baby that will accompany you from birth to the toddler years.” It can “put your baby to sleep in minutes,” help the child stay asleep with its Listen Mode, and enable healthy sleep habits with the Sleep Tracking Mode.
Sleep sounds include rain, womb, and a vacuum cleaner. Once the baby is asleep, the Listen Mode turns the sounds back on the child wakes and cries “to soothe her at night.” And the Tracking mode generates color-coded sleep graphs to “help you analyze your baby’s sleep patterns.”
It’s free here.
With “stunning color images and 3D models,” the Sprout app delivers “helpful information about you and your baby,” says developer Med Art Studios.
The app also provides tools for tracking weight, counting kicks, and timing contractions. You can “scan your entire pregnancy at a glance,” and “see when tests and procedures occur.” The info was written by doctors and mothers-to-be, the company adds.
Also, the images displayed are adapt to your baby’s gender.
It’s $4 here.
With the BabyBump pregnancy tracker, just enter your due date (or calculate from the last menstrual period) and the personal countdown screen shows the remaining weeks and days — with schematic embryo pictures of a baby for each week, as well as details about your baby’s size, weight and development.
The free app for iOS and Android from Alt12 Apps also helps you track your daily weight and waist measurements, as well as your mood, energy, appetite, cravings, morning sickness, and other notes.
“Kids grow up fast,” say that developers of the Lifecake app, with which you can “see and share their amazing progress with a private, beautiful photo and video timeline.”
The free app for iPhone and Android makes it easier to enjoy photos of your child, combining your pictures with those your spouse takes. All photos are sorted by age, so you “zoom to any age in seconds, or compare stages from birth to today.”
You can also update faraway family with the app, and so skip the email.