We Tested Christ Hospital’s New BabyGiggles App

It’s like an interactive, <i>Clif’s Notes</i> version of <i>What to Expect When You’re Expecting</i>

Pregnancy is overwhelming, whether it’s your first or your fourth. Equally overwhelming is the motherhood bible, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which clocks in at an astounding 656 pages. Ain’t nobody got time for that! (Especially if you’re expecting baby No. 4.) Luckily, the folks at Christ Hospital have a tech-savvy solution: BabyGiggles, a new online platform that’s like an interactive Clif’s Notes version of the Heidi Murkoff–penned classic. Billed as a “complimentary guide on your journey from belly to baby,” the Internet-based resource offers users a number of features that make an expectant mama’s life easier, from a down-to-the-minute countdown clock to having the advice of Christ Hospital physicians at your fingertips 24/7/365.

Illustration by Yuwei Qiu

Here are a few of our favorite functionalities:

Pregnancy tips and advice about what it’s like to give birth at Christ each time you log on.

Got a cold, and not sure what—if any—meds to take? Don’t call the doctor; their recommendations are all online.

Access to upcoming childbirth classes at Christ’s various locations.

The ability to send announcements to friends and family with one click (like group text but without having to annoy everyone with all the replies of “amazing!” and “so cute!”).

Not on Facebook or Twitter? Luddites in your life can stay updated via e-mail.

Gender polls and a “name game” for friends and family to vote on your name choices (only for the truly brave).

A photo upload feature that will animate the pics of your growing bump.

A gift registry for loved ones to send items to your Christ Hospital bed from the Joseph-Beth Bookstore outposts in the hospital network’s Mt. Auburn and Liberty Township locations.

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