Pregnancy and adjusting to life with a baby looks easy on TV, but we know the truth. From health concerns to figuring out a new rhythm and routine, it’s no wonder so many expecting and new mamas have trouble turning down the noise and relaxing. We have good news for you: There’s an app for that. Below are five apps to help new moms and moms-to-be chill-out, stretch out and recenter yourself in the midst of the mothering madness.
Expectful Fertility, Pregnancy & New Mom Meditation
Research shows that meditation can boost immunity, decrease stress and improve sleep, which all expecting and new moms need. Expectful offers guided meditations that are customized for each stage of your motherhood journey, from conception and pregnancy to being a new mama. Give this iPhone/web-based app a try and see how it works for you.
Cost: $9.99 per month; first two weeks are free.
Maven: A Digital Health Clinic for Women
Sometimes getting answers to health questions gives us the piece of mind we need to sleep at night. Maven provides vetted health care professionals, including doulas, lactation consultants and pediatricians, to consult with you in the privacy of your own space. Plus, they offer a community of support for those moments when you want to know you’re not the only one! While it’s no substitute for an in-person doctor’s visit, this iPhone app is a great alternative to the fear-inducing practice of Googling symptoms in the middle of the night.
Cost: Fees are per appointment and start at $18.
Baby2Body acts as your personal concierge for all phases of becoming a mama, from planning to pregnancy to having a newborn. The focus of this iPhone app is to nurture you through it all, with motivational tips, information on your baby’s development, healthy recipes, fitness workouts, beauty tips and life hacks. You’re covered, so you can relax and enjoy the ride.
WellMama Post Pregnancy Yoga for Mothers
Sometimes all a tired, stressed mama needs is a few minutes to refocus and reconnect. WellMama, an android and iPhone app, offers both 5- and 15-minute yoga sessions and focuses on areas where you want extra TLC, such as neck and shoulders or lower back (and all the mamas said, “Amen”). Choose your workout and follow the visual and audio prompts, and you’ll be yoga-ing your way to relaxation in no time!
No matter where we are on the motherhood journey, it’s always helpful to learn new ways of unwinding and relaxing. The iPhone app iCalm leads users through a breathing technique that is proven to reduce stress and melt away anxiety. Known as the 4-7-8 Breath or Relaxing breath, this breathing technique can help you re-center yourself and focus on what’s important in your daily life, like your growing family.
What apps help you relax? Let us know below!
— Sarah Blight
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