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5 great contraction timer apps that’ll make timing contractions easier

Published by Finn Hayden

There are so many things to keep track of during pregnancy to ensure that things go smoothly, particularly once you go into labour. Timing your contractions is important during this period as it helps you to monitor the progress of labour and determine when you need to go to the hospital. Tracking and timing your contractions can also help you to identify patterns and determine when to start pushing during the second stage of labour.

Many nurses will recommend that you simply count your contractions to identify the patterns, and although this has worked for many women for years, there are now a number of apps which can actually help you to time how long and how frequent your contractions are more accurately. It might seem like overkill, but apps like these can be really useful.

There are lots of contraction apps out there, so we thought it would be useful to round up the best contraction apps that we've found and tried. Let's get into it:

GentleBirth

GentleBirth was by far the best free contractions app that we downloaded and used. It was really simple to get started with, only asking for a name and no other details. You can get started with timing your contractions immediately, and the timer is really simple to use with a nice big start and stop button. A feature we really liked is that the app will ask how you the contraction felt after you've stopped the timer, with a slider that ranges from 'mild' to 'intense'. This allows you to log the contractions really accurately, something we can't say about many of the other apps we used. It's really straightforward to use, and it isn't plastered with ads like some of the other free contractions apps we used. Learn more and download it from the App Store here and from the Google Play Store here.
GentleBirth

Storky

Storky is another free contractions app, and although we don't think it is quite as good as the GoodBirth app, we still think it's pretty excellent. One of the great features of Storky is that it has the ability to send you notifications about your contractions, so you can access the information without needing to enter the app every time.

When you download the app, there is also an option to receive a free guide with advice on how to deal with your contractions better, which is a nice option. You can download a premium version of the app for £2.99, which removes the ads and makes everything a bit cleaner.  Learn more and download it here - getstorky.com

Storky contractions app

Freya

Freya is a paid contractions app, but it only costs £2.99 to download and is very good. Created by The Positive Birth Company, this app will not only accurately time your contractions and help you to keep track of them, but it'll also give you hints and tips to help deal with your contractions. This includes information about breathing techniques and meditation you can do. This might be overkill for anyone just looking for an app to time contractions, but we think it's really useful. Based on the information about your contractions that you input into the app, you will get advice on when to contact your midwife and what stage of labour you're in. For a few pounds it's a very useful app to download during pregnancy, learn more and download from the App Store here and Google Play Store here.
Freya app

Full Term

We'd probably describe Full Term as the ugliest contractions app we tried - there isn't much colour and it's not very exciting to use. But if you're looking for a no-nonsense free app which can measure your contractions very accurately and help with a number of other things related to your pregnancy, then this is a great option. We love that whenever you log a contraction in the app, you can edit the log to include extra information such as the intensity and any other notes you want to include. The more contractions you log into the app, the more data you'll get. This includes the frequency of contractions (shown via a handy graph) and the exact time (to a second) that the contraction started and ended. The Kick Counter and Weight Tracker are useful extras which you don't have to use but which are useful nonetheless. We're really impressed with this contractions app, especially considering it is free. Learn more and download from the App Store here and Google Play Store here.
Full Term

Contraction Counter & Timer

This contraction app has been around for years and has thousands of positive reviews on both the App Store and the Google Play Store. It's free to use, and although it feels like it hasn't been updated in a while, it still does a great job and everything you need it to. Starting and stopping the timer is very simple, and similar to the GentleBirth app, you can choose the intensity of your contraction once it has stopped, which will be logged and is quite useful information to include (you'll need to toggle that setting on within the app). The only downside is the ads which can sometimes be a bit annoying, but it's another app with a premium version which will remove the ads. Learn more and download the app from the App Store here and Google Play Store here.  
Contraction Counter & Timer

Hopefully, this guide helps you to find a great contractions app and to deal with this aspect of pregnancy. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any similar apps that you've tried!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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