We’ve selected these apps based on their usability, user reviews, frequent updates, and overall effectiveness at keeping you fit during your pregnancy.
Pregnancy itself puts a lot of stress on a woman’s body, and you may not always feel like working out. However, there are a lot of reasons why staying active during pregnancy is important.
Exercise can benefit both you and your baby, as well as ease many of the common issues and complications that pregnancy can cause, like back pain, leg cramps, constipation, and even mood swings. It can also help you keep your weight under control, boost your energy levels, and prepare you for an easier delivery.
After you check with your doctor for suggestions on the best type of workout for you, get moving! It doesn’t have to be anything extreme. A 30-minute walk each day is great, especially if you haven’t been very active prior to pregnancy. If you have always exercised regularly, your doctor can tell you if you can continue your normal workouts or if they need to be modified in any way.
Below, we have listed apps that help you stay active during pregnancy.
Kegel exercises are good for both men and women but they are essential for pregnant women. Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles can help both during and after your pregnancy. This app contains 10 different exercises to keep you from getting bored and to challenge your muscles. An added bonus is that both the app icon and the notifications are discreet.
Pregnancy Exercise: Weekly Workout
Get exercise videos tailored to every week of your pregnancy. The easy-to-follow videos explain which muscle groups they are working, as well as what modifications you can make. Once complete, you are able to log your workout and make notes. The app also includes a due date calculator as well as a resource section with blogs, videos, and more.
Pregnancy Pelvic Floor Plan
Urinary incontinence is a common problem for women both during and after pregnancy. Exercising and strengthening your pelvic floor muscles can help prevent it from happening or manage it when it does. These exercises are easy to follow. You can set reminders, and if you enter your due date, you can also get timely tips and wellness information specific to your stage of pregnancy. And, if you do have pelvic floor issues, the app will help you find helpful services in your area.
Pregnancy Workout Today
This is a good app for tracking your overall wellness and fitness during your pregnancy. The Pregnancy Workout Today app not only features exercises for every stage of pregnancy, but also serves as a wellness guide along the way. It includes sections on topics such as knowing when to avoid exercise, and rules to follow to make sure you are exercise safely. It also features exercise routines that can help you prepare for and cope with the pain of labor.
Pregnant and FIT!
This app is very intuitive and easy to use. There are 75 different exercises to choose from, and each includes posture training and stretching, as well as intensity options for every level of fitness and pregnancy stage. For a simple, straightforward workout app to keep you fit throughout pregnancy, this is the one for you.
Pregnancy Workout Advisor
This app contains a little bit of everything. It has workouts designed for each stage of your pregnancy, with text and illustrated instructions on how to do each one. Handy features include a weight tracker plus a section with descriptions of the best and most comfortable sleeping positions as your belly grows. A baby growth section and the ability to locate services you may need near you round out this helpful app.
If you are looking for some lower-impact workouts during your pregnancy, this simple app is a great option. Various yoga-based workouts are designed for each trimester, and each is only 20 minutes long, with no equipment or special clothing required. So, you can do them anytime, anywhere. For added motivation, you have to complete one routine to move on to the next one. The simple graphics are easy to follow and the timer will make sure you do each exercise for the correct amount of time.
Sculpt My Pregnancy
Pregnancy can cause new aches and pains, especially in your back and, of course, during labor. This app gives you a series of stretches and exercises that will help with back and pelvic pain. These exercises were developed by certified physical therapists and trainers to help increase your strength, flexibility, and balance — before, during, and after your pregnancy.
This article originally appeared on healthonline.com