1Pregnancy Companion Provides Mobile Tips for Expectant Women
by Brian T. Horowitz
2The Journey to Birth
Developed by OB-on-the-Go, Pregnancy Companion provides a step-by-step guide to a baby’s arrival. It incorporates advice from ob-gyns and allows expectant mothers to input data on appointments, weight and the number of kicks.
3Staying Hydrated for the Baby
Pregnancy Companion’s Hydration Counter allows users to tap the touch-screen of an Android or iOS device to record the number of glasses for daily fluid intake. Women need to drink enough for both themselves and the baby.
4Counting the Days
The Status screen of the Pregnancy App allows users to track the weeks and days until the baby’s arrival. It also indicates if the expectant mother has an appointment scheduled.
The app enables expectant mothers to record appointments throughout a pregnancy, including a trip to the ob-gyn.
6A Guide to Meds
Pregnancy Companion allows women to research the safety of various medications and find out about their intended use. The animated patient gives a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, depending on the safety of the drug. A word balloon shows the character indicating “Safe,” “Unsafe” or “Call Your Doctor” if a drug’s safety is unclear and may depend on other health factors.
7A Mobile Checklist for Baby Preparation
Checklists are helpful tools to prepare for a major life event such as having a child. Pregnancy Companion provides reminders for tasks such as taking prenatal classes and deciding on cloth or disposable diapers.
8Keeping Track of Essential Items
When you’re expecting a baby, there’s a lot to keep track of, including whether someone is on call to help with the newborn and whether the baby will have a room in the house to sleep.
9Mobile Messaging With the Docs
Pregnancy Companion allows users to send questions to the apps’ creators, Dr. Aaron Schuftan and Dr. Jan Rydfors. Questions are organized in categories such as “general pregnancy.”
10Ask the Docs Integrates Q&A
Expectant mothers submit questions through the app and get an answer via private email. Some inquiries and responses then appear in the public Q&As within the app.
11Watching the Contractions
The contractions screen in the app allows women to record the average duration and intervals of contractions. They can also view a summary of past data on contractions.
12Tracking the Baby’s Length
The Your Baby & Your Body section provides a guide to how long a baby measures at various stages of gestation. Users can view instructional videos and share the status of the fetus on Twitter or Facebook.
13Researching Pregnancy Topics
The app provides a topics section where expectant mothers can find out about different aspects of pregnancy as well as medical treatments. An illustration accompanies the descriptions of topics such as tubal pregnancy, in which an egg attaches somewhere else besides the uterus—usually the fallopian tubes, according to WebMD. Other topics include breech births and fetal hiccups, which occur when a baby’s diaphragm muscle contracts.