Great news for expecting women and new moms: Text4baby has just recently launched their own free app. The free text messaging service of the nonprofit, National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, was first introduced in 2010, and the market of female smartphone users exploded from 25% to over 55% of women in the US—indicating it’s clearly time to meet the millennials where they’re at.
I downloaded the app to check it out and found it to be extremely easy to use as I poked around the various features. The information is valuable and straightforward without being overwhelming. Content is broken into two sections: “pregnancy” (from week 4 through 42) and “baby” (from week 1 through 52, or the first year of life).
Three tabs offer an array of valuable features to support you during pregnancy and early parenting. These include:
The Timeline Tab
The “Timeline” tab gives you a weekly update on fetal development along with a “to do” list that corresponds to each week and helps you keep track of all the details related to your lifestyle and self-care during pregnancy. It includes some fun polls that allow you to see how other Text4baby moms respond to a variety of topics, such as pregnancy symptoms, physical changes, baby development and emotional experiences.
The Appointment Tab
The “Appointment” tab lets you know what to expect at each visit with your doctor or midwife, provides detailed information to prepare you for the appointment, and offers the option for you to set a text message reminder for each scheduled visit.
The Topics Tab
The “Topics” tab sends you to a whole library of information on prenatal care, nutrition, health issues, weight, exercise, labor and delivery, community resources and health hotlines. The app notes that the information provided on health issues has been provided in partnership with two organizations: the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Healthy Children.
The app provides the information and organizational support you need right at your fingertips. Convenient, fun, evidence-based, and useful—the free Text4baby app provides a perfect way to stay on track – with your health, your knowledge, and your calendar!