Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pregnancy app: Glow Nurture

This is my third pregnancy (yep, still pregnant) and I tend to have fairly easy, comfortable pregnancies so I didn't rush out and buy or borrow any books this time. In fact, I forgot to pull out the baby books I already own until three days ago! But one thing that I *have* used to help me through this pregnancy is the Glow Nurture app and I can't recommend it enough. It's free on the Apple App Store and is so comprehensive. 

You fill out your profile and the app creates a bunch of articles, reminders and to-do lists for you daily. 

You can track your health info (weight, blood pressure etc), add reminders for appointments, create a time-lapse photo slideshow, chat to other expectant mothers on the forums and get a daily update of your baby's age, size and length. 

None of it feels like a chore and you can skip over whatever you don't feel like using. For example there's a daily log that  asks you about your weight, pregnancy symptoms etc so that you can refer to it during antenatal appointments. I started out filling this in but then decided not to, since I'm generally pretty comfortable in pregnancy and don't have any aches or quirks to record. 

I prefer to use the app to remember how far along I am (brain like a sieve), to see bub's approx size and to check out the articles which are updated relative to your gestation (there's different ones relating to your body at X weeks, baby at X weeks and reminders for X weeks) 

Glow also has an ovulation tracker but no app for after birth, like 'what to expect' and other pregnancy app developers, which is a real shame. I'd be quite interested in trying out an eat/sleep/change type app and/or one recording baby's weight and growth and I think that the people at Glow have a good grasp on what makes an app useful and user-friendly. Still, it has been very helpful for during pregnancy and I'm sure the old hair-lackey-on-the-wrist still works well for tracking breastfeeding, haha! 

Friday, June 19, 2015


Well, today is my due date. 

Definitely no sign of baby! I'm quite certain I'll need to be induced like I was with my other two. 

I decided today was as good a day as any to finally pack my hospital bag and put the baby seat into the car. Job ad goes up tomorrow to find someone to replace hubby so he can replace me from the 24th or 25th. Yep, I'm working until 41wks, oh the glamour of the work-at-home lifestyle ;o) 

I'm feeling really good though. No aches and pains, don't feel uncomfortably large. I had a weird, emotional day yesterday, the only one I've really had all pregnancy. I sent hubby a text while he was at work, warning him that I was hormonal and emotional and that even if he didn't like what I cooked for dinner, he had better pretend it was great! lol. It was vegetable casserole with cheesy dumplings and he either really liked it, or really pretended well. 

It's so exciting to think that within the next week and a half our newest family member will be here!