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Thursday, September 30, 2010

My how things have changed since the days when you had to plan your hospital route with a map. Do people even still own maps? Well, lucky for you technology has made being pregnant a bit easier. Nowadays there are applications for your phone that will help you cope with any pregnancy issues that come up and they're available for most major mobile device platforms, including Android, Blackberry and iPhone/iPad. Below are some tips that we found regarding these cool apps- perfect for expectant moms, dads, and techies.

Contraction Timer for Android, free. Don't expect a lot of bells and whistles with free or cheap apps, but this one still gets the job done by letting users track time of contractions, duration and frequency. Available:

Foods to Avoid When Pregnant for iPhone, 99 cents. Moms-to-be may not be able to chomp down those spicy burritos or shrimp-flavored hotdogs anymore. And she must think about everything she eats to make sure it is healthy for a budding baby. This app allows users to choose foods that are safe and healthy for mom and baby and reveals which ones to avoid. Categories include Cheese & Dairy, Dressings, Sauces & Condiments, Drinks & Beverages and Fish & Seafood. Tips include whether or not feta should make the cut. (Only if it is made with pasteurized milk). Available: iTunes.

Contraction Calc for Blackberry, $2.99. Mom no longer needs a pen and pencil to track contraction activity. Whether you're at home or visiting friends when labor contractions kick in, this app helps you monitor and calculate how far apart they are and when to get ready for the hospital. Available: Blackberry AppWorld.

BabyBump for Android, $2.99. This app makes it easy to maintain a daily journal of the pregnancy experience. It can help keep a record of mom's weight, stomach growth and even body changes with the help of photos. Available:

Menstruation and Ovulation Pro for Blackberry, $3.99: Use this app to track menstrual cycles and to predict menstruation periods and probably ovulation days. Available: Blackberry AppWorld.

iPregnancy for iPhone, $4.99. This one delivers a wealth of helpful pregnancy information. Check out the Due Date Calculator, which offers predictions based on mom's last period, conception date and ultrasound dates. OB Visit Tracker helps monitor mom's weight, blood pressure and more. And the Baby Name Picker offers even more names to argue about. The app informs parents about average lengths and weights of babies at various gestational stages. Available: iTunes.

From Here to Paternity by Andrew Cullen for iPad, $7.99. A father chronicles his journey to parenthood on this e-book optimized for the iPad. It's romantic, funny, thrilling and easy to call up on your Apple tablet. Available: iTunes.

Pregnancy Calendar for iPhone, $9.99. This app features a happy bundle of tools for every soon-to-be-moms, including the ability to plan and track pregnancy from day one through birth. Record doctor visits, vital stats on the growing fetus and keep an eye on your diet. You can even keep a record of how many times the baby kicks. Available: iTunes.

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