When Baby Fever Hits (Hard) Turn to These Tools
The 3 best fertility tracking apps for women who want to get pregnant naturally
My husband and I have been married for nearly five years, and we didn’t jump on the baby train right away.
Unlike many newly married couples in our demographic, we decided we wanted to enjoy our marriage for awhile…just the two of us.
So, at 37-years-young, I’m just starting my fertility journey.
One night, over steak and potatoes and a bottle of wine, my hubby expressed that he was ready to grow our family and fill our old farmhouse with little ones.
A feeling of excitement rushed through me, which was surprising because I hadn’t ever experienced baby fever before.
But the second he said it…it hit hard!
I wanted a baby too, and when he expressed this desire, it naturally clicked into place…something I thought would never happen for me.
Not Prepared for Conception
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t prepared physically to conceive. So I immediately started researching.
I knew I needed to get healthy, and I had to stop drinking (not gonna lie, we love our old fashioneds here in the midwest).
But where would I turn for an education on fertility and baby-making?
No doubt, there’s a ton of info available online. But I like plans…and strategy.
In fact, I geek-out over technology that brings stability and organization to my life.
So my first stop was the AppStore.
I downloaded every single fertility tracking app out there. And after two cycles of use (no I’m not preggers…yet) I know which of the apps a baby-dancing newbie will need to understand everything from ovulation to basal body temperature, to cervical mucus and all-the-things newly inducted baby-fevered women need…to conceive naturally.
I downloaded allll of them…from Kindara to Clue to Clearblue and beyond. I paid attention to accuracy, menstruation, and looked for an all-encompassing solution to cycle tracking for new baby dancers (BD).
And I inputted data for 60 days in order to arrive at the following conclusion.
So…without further ado, here are the THREE apps you need and when to use them as you begin your journey to mommin.
1. Fertility Friend for Ovulation Education
I’m a stickler for modern-looking apps. I like pretty colors, smooth lines, and non-pixelated graphics. So when I first downloaded Fertility Friend, I grimaced.
It wasn’t very pretty. So I put it on the backburner in my yuck apps.
But I was determined to spend time in each of these apps, every day, to see which gave me the best guidance.
And soon, I realized that deep within the bones of this ugly little app was an eye-opening course on charting your cycle.
Because, as you may have already discovered, there are terms, abbreviations, and a million other “are-you-kidding-me!” moments for a new baby-fevered moms-to-be that confuse the heck out of us.
This course explains everything.
And without this app, and this course, I don’t think I’d have a handle on any of the science behind fertility.
Not to mention, for the first time in my life, I feel like I understand my body and what happens to me month after month.
So, to newbs…this app is where you start.
Download it, start charting…poke around, and yes buy the premium membership. Not only do you get the courses, but you’ll also get a ton of invaluable advanced insights, access to message boards, and guidance on when to baby dance.
And oh soooo much more.
You can buy monthly, 90-day, or yearly memberships…depending on how confident you are 😉
Me, I didn’t want to jinx anything, so I bought a year. But I’m superstitious like that.
2. Premom For Ease of Use When Charting Ovulation
Premom was another app I was initially skeptical about, but in all my momma-wannabe groups I kept hearing about it, and their products.
When it comes to charting, Premom is a little too bare-bones, to begin with. The charts don’t show all the extras that some of the others do, like when you had diarrhea, for example.
I’m still learning about how all these symptoms add up, but I have noticed that they are interesting when looking at chart trends.
Anyway, I didn’t put Premom on this list to say it’s a bad app.
On the contrary, this app makes my life EASY.
Because when you start taking your Basal Body Temp (BBT) on a daily basis, when you begin testing your Luteinizing Hormone levels (LH), you realize there’s a lot to juggle…and those things can also get pricey.
So, Premom is here because…well, basically it’s like a fertility assistant.
You can purchase an affordable Bluetooth BBT Thermometer from them that syncs automatically to the app…and then syncs to your health app which then writes to your other apps (which I’m getting to shortly).
You can also buy their extremely affordable LH and Pregnancy test strips and save a ton!
And if you’re concerned about quality or accuracy, just read the reviews!
There’s simply no reason to spend so much on OPK’s when all you need is a simple test strip.
Once you’ve got your test strips, Premom tells you how to use them and automatically takes photos of your strips…then reads and inputs the data into the app.
The only downside is that when you want to include the ultimate cycle tracking app (coming up next) you have to take a second picture to chart it there.
It’s a small inconvenience worth navigating, and you’ll soon see why.
Premom does not have a premium membership, which is nice because their focus is on educating you on how to use the app and track your cycle without having to pay extra. They probably meet their revenue goals on their amazingly cost-effective testing products.
3. Glow For the Ultimate Fertility Tracking Experience
Now, even though I do wish that all the qualities I’ve mentioned above were wrapped up into this app, I guess you just can’t have it all.
The community in this app is what pushes it over-and-above all the rest. It’s like a secret Facebook group for women trying to conceive. And it’s incredibly active.
If you have a question about something…it’s probably been asked in the Glow app.
If not…just ask, and you shall receive…plenty of responses from women just like you.
They have groups for women trying to conceive (TTC), TTC over 30, Charting, BBT, menstruation, weight loss, and on and on and on.
It doesn’t stop there either, once you conceive, you move on over to the Glow Nurture app, which walks you through your pregnancy.
Plus, there’s a sister app called Eve for those mostly just focused on their menstruation or learning about their cycle in general AND a Baby sister app for when the little monster arrives.
So there’s an app for every stage of a woman’s life:
So that’s just the community aspect of Glow.
And it’s worth mentioning that there is a strong empathy for women who have miscarried or are having trouble conceiving. Some groups don’t even allow posting of the Big Fat Positive (BFP)…there’s special groups for celebrating that.
Moving on, the charting ability is unmatched. It shows you ev-er-y-thing you decide to chart, all in one place…AND it’s easy to read, unlike some apps that have you searching for the legend.
It also reads data from Apple Health, which pulls from Premom, so your BBT is automatically charted every day.
Glow doesn’t promote their own products like Premom, but they do recommend what their community of women seems to like, and then links to the products on Amazon, Walmart, or Target…or wherever it lives.
And so far, these women know what they're talking about! I’ve already followed the advice of this community and been extremely happy with every product I’ve purchased.
Lastly, if your partner is interested in getting involved with your fertility data, they can create their own Glow account and link to your data! This might be nice if your partner wants to plan along with you.
And don’t worry, you can hide data you don’t want them to see. (My hubs doesn’t need to know when I had the poops…although he probably usually does.💩)
There is a premium membership option (1, 3, and 12 months) that gives you cycle analysis, forecasts, health summaries, and advanced charting. You also get premium articles and support with their membership. Plus, if you buy a membership for one, you get premium access across all four of their apps.
Honorable Mention: Flo
Flo is an amazing tool for tracking menstruation.
It seems this company is just getting started with ovulation and fertility tracking because there’s not a lot of information to go on.
In much of the community (which is amazingly completely anonymous) there are a lot of “young” questions and not many about getting pregnant. So the community is still geared toward the young adult trying not to get pregnant.
Glow let’s you filter out community posts from certain age groups to make the app even more personalized to where you are in your journey.
I do believe Flo will grow more to include fertility charting and whatnot, but for now, it’s an app I check in on when Aunt Flo (AF) does arrive.
The Best Apps for Fertility Tracking Don’t Have it All
As you can see, each of these apps brings something to the table. And while it would be nice to be able to ditch all-but-one, I’ve found that all three are important in understanding my cycle while keeping things affordable as well as connecting with women just like me.
See ya there!
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