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It’s amazing how much things have changed since the days of my residency training of over two decades ago. The grainy black and white ultrasound pictures from back-in-the-day have been replaced with 3 and 4-D videos and savvy pregnancy computer applications (aka “Apps.”)

As most of you know, I pass on helpful information to pregnant women in order to help them achieve their goal of delivering healthy babies. The WebMD Smartphone Pregnancy App is worthy of mention based on of the great things that it can do.

Are you concerned about fetal movement? Use their Kick Counter.

Want to show all of your friends that your “bump” has now become a “mountain?” Use their neat Baby Belly Slide Show that lets you take progressive pictures of your pregnant belly.

Should you go to the hospital because you’re having contractions? Use their Contraction Counter to help you keep track.

Want to know what questions to ask when you go to your next prenatal appointment? Aside from reading The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy, use WebMD’s check list that offers suggestions.

Did WebMD pay me to advertise their product? No, they did not. I have no affiliation with the company but as an obstetrician, I am very impressed with their app perhaps because of my recent training in health information systems (aka “clinical informatics”) at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

We are living in an age where technology can be of enormous help by giving patients information that will empower them to become an active participant in their health care. These apps are not just entertaining; they can provide valuable real-time (meaning as things are actually occurring) information regarding both you and your baby’s health.

The WebMD Pregnancy Smartphone app is a great pregnancy toolbox and best of all – it’s free!