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The Two Most Insulting Pregnancy Apps

16 weeks - apple, orange, avocado, turnip...no one really knows what size the baby is because the size of those fruits vary so much depending on where they're grown.

16 Weeks (2013)


When a friend was pregnant, she had a chart showing the baby’s development, and prayed for the baby’s organs as they each were forming.

I wanted to do the same, so when I was pregnant with Monkey, I downloaded a couple pregnancy apps on my iPhone. I then got completely distracted with knowing what size fruit Monkey was and taking weekly “baby fruit-size pictures.”

For round #2 I’ve done a better job knowing what the baby is actually doing in there, and writing weekly blogs which are somewhat related.


On week 17, the baby is starting to form fat under his/her skin, which will help the baby maintain a consistent body temperature once outside the womb.

You should never tell a pregnant woman (or anyone else for that matter) she’s fat, in fact, the “WhatToExpect” app’s advice for Dads-to-be is “Banish the word fat from your vocabulary.” For the past week, that very same app has been telling me I should feel fat and ugly right now, and the solution is to go buy cute clothes, because properly fitting flattering clothes will make me feel better about my fat self.

week 16 fat

The other insulting pregnancy app I use is called “I’m expecting.” It’s is full of negative information such as “in week 16, 55% of women experience headaches”. Funny you should mention that, because suddenly I feel a headache coming on. I had felt fine until you told me I’m supposed to have headaches right now, and I just want to have a “normal” pregnancy.

The most useful tool in this app is the “weight tracker.” Every week I log my weight. With Monkey, I gained two pounds in the first trimester and about one pound each following week, for a grand total of 30-ish pounds. It was text-book perfect average weight gain. Good job Monkey!

IMG_3813This time, I was doing great until the end of week 12, at which point I had gained 5lbs, when “normal” is 1-4lbs. No big deal, considering I weighed the exact same amount as I did when I started round #1.

By week 14, the scales revealed I gained a whopping total of 10lbs. It’s in red, since I should have only gained 2-6lbs at this point. 

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15 Weeks – Round #2

Who writes these rules anyway? They don’t even factor in important details like the fact I started pregnancy 16lbs underweight!

As of week 17 on round #2, I weigh the exact same as I did on week 17 round #1. Good job catching up little Lion!

I still weigh LESS then I did when I got married, so I don’t need to go buy new clothing, considering I haven’t even grown into all the cute maternity clothes I already have. But all my normal shirts are finally fitting quite nicely, and look very flattering as they highlight my cute little baby bump!

Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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