Positively Pregnant app

An app for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, who want some tools for managing stress and maintaining wellbeing during pregnancy and in the transition to parenthood.

Positively Pregnant By WaikatoLink
Features
  • Education and information
    (about mental health and wellbeing during pregnancy) 
  • Self-help tools
  • Daily tips. reminders and notifications
  • New Zealand app
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What does the app do?

The Positively Pregnant app is created by the University of Waikato, to provide mums-to-be with information on the emotional and social changes of pregnancy. It includes activities and principles from positive psychology, as well as information and activities based on research in New Zealand and overseas about coping with stress, healthy development, and the typical challenges of pregnancy and early parenting. The app comprises 4 main sections:

  • Know yourself: comprises knowing your strengths, strategies, stressors, emotions, village, style and health. The information provided in this section helps customise the app to the users needs.
  • Do something: is made up of various activities such as audio activities, gratitude, notes to self, notes to baby, creativity, play a game and have a laugh.  
  • Conversations: has activities that are ways of starting conversations with yourself or your partner on aspects of birthing and parenting. 
  • Find out: brief information on about 30 topics such as being well and wellbeing, being pregnant, tips to manage stress and links to online resources.  

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PROS CONS 

✔ Developed by a team from the University of Waikato’s School of Psychology.

✔ Uses evidence-based techniques to help with mental health issues before, during and after pregnancy.

✔ Various psychological self-assessment tools which the app uses to give you targeted advice.

✔ Lots of information which is written in a conversational and easy to read style.

✔ “Conversations” section has tools and information to help with things like planning.

✔ Guided audio activities such as relaxation breathing and guided imagery.

✔ Basic gratitude diary.

✘  Unpolished user interface with a difficult to navigate and not very intuitive layout.

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No videos, which this type of app would benefit from.

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No ability to sync data to the cloud.

Privacy and security

During the set-up, the app has a clear declaration that asks users if they are happy for their data to be collected, for research purposes. The data collected is anonymous and the user cannot be identified. Users have the option to agree or decline. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.

Review details

Date of review: January 2019
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 1.1.1
Download size: 54.17 MB
Updated on: 2/12/2018

Credits: Editorial team. Last reviewed: 25 Jan 2019