Are you a first-time mom looking for a way to allay your fears about labor? Are you looking for a community of moms to join? These apps can help.
Labor is scary even for repeat moms, so if you’re a first-time mom, we understand your fears. The best thing to do to allay your concerns is to talk to other moms and get all the knowledge you can of how labor and childbirth works. You don’t need to know everything. Simple things like the four stages of labor, average labor time, how frequent your contractions should be before you go to the hospital, and how long it takes to dilate are enough. Having this information doesn’t just allay your fears, it can also help you save time and possibly you and your child’s life. Some couples even opt for a labor coach to make the process smoother. Labor coaches are there to hold your hand through it all and give useful tips during labor.
Indeed, childbirth is as beautiful as it is painful and scary; you need to be ready physically and mentally. An excellent way to get prepared is to take birthing classes. Also, some apps help you prepare for childbirth. One such app is the GentleBirth app, which enables you to adjust your mind to the changes your body will go through during pregnancy and delivery. Whether your birthing coach is a human being or an app on your smartphone, they'll help you learn about childbirth stages, and the muscles used in childbirth. Your doula (trained non-medical companion) will help you prepare for your baby’s descent and tackle the effects of delivery effectively. A good pregnancy and childbirth experience will enable you to have a happy family and avoid postpartum depression.
However, pregnancy can be a trying time, and you will need much help along the way. A pregnancy tracking app, while not a substitute for professional medical advice, is a useful thing to have with you all the way. The best baby tracker apps have features that remind you to take your vitamins, track your progress, and connect with other pregnant moms. Most apps for labor and delivery also feature a contraction timer to help you track the frequency of your contractions. Our favorite feature is the chat rooms that connect you to other moms because there’s nothing better than a community of people going through the same thing as you to make you feel relaxed.
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