Pregnancy is a time of continuous change – not just physical, but social, emotional, and psychological.

While this can be exciting – it can also be stressful. There are dozens of books, websites, and apps out there that tell expectant mothers how big their baby is, what to eat and all the possible complications that might occur, but there is much less about the thoughts and feelings that evolve during pregnancy, how to handle the worries, shifts in relationships, and hassles, and how to use the time during pregnancy to build resilience and plan a healthy future for the whole family.

Now there's an app that covers all that. A team from the University of Waikato School of Psychology, headed by Dr Carrie Cornsweet Barber, has been working for the last three years to develop ‘Positively Pregnant’ – an app for pregnant women.

Positively Pregnant includes tools for self-assessment, taking inventory of the mother’s strengths, stressors, support, strategies for coping, health behaviours, and more. From each of these, the woman receives feedback with links to New Zealand resources and information. Other modules include guides for talking or thinking about plans for things such as parenting, the birth, finances, and family traditions. There are activities for relaxation, affirmation, journaling, and just taking a break, as well as information related to the social and emotional side of pregnancy.

What’s New

Version 1.1.5

Small content update that adds a few more items to the Find Out section.

Ratings and Reviews

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Be Grateful anyway :) ,

I really like this app!

Well done Waikato University! Of all the pregnancy apps I have downloaded yours is one of the few I haven’t deleted because i believe it is a really useful app... maybe not so beautiful to look at just now, which is possibly to do with budget and alas not the point because the actual app itself is truly awesome for a mother to be, very thought provoking and supportive like I don’t know other apps to be most of the are more about convincing you that you need to buy premium for it to be of any use, but yours it truly authentic and supportive in an insightful way and especially for kiwis! I hope it becomes a full time app for pregnant mothers, it’s one of best! ... and no overwhelming advertising woo hoo!

If I could make one little gripe which is more to give you feedback, it would be that I don’t use it as often as I would’ve if it had the option to sit my iPad in landscape orientation, this is simply because holding it in portrait is a bit of a hassle so I’ve noticed in myself i have a tendency to almost avoid certain apps no matter how good they are or how much I love them just because of this, so I gather if my habit is like this and I will only use them when I really really need to rather than popping on them in my spare time then perhaps other people do the same and it could be worth changing...?


WaikatoLink Limited
145.5 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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