The Best Gear and Apps to Help You Have—or Not Have—a Baby


Many expecting parents enjoy the ultrasounds, which offer real-time footage of the fetus in utero. Unfortunately, you usually only get two: One around the 8-to-12-week mark to confirm the due date, and around 20 weeks to check the baby’s anatomy. The Baby-Scanner, which will ship later in 2019, is an at-home ultrasound machine that streams footage and pictures to an app on your phone or tablet. Send them to friends and family, or store them on the cloud. It is important to note, however, that only trained health care professionals can diagnose problems by viewing an ultrasound. And while the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists reaffirm that there’s no evidence that ultrasounds harm a developing fetus, they still discourage their use for medically unnecessary purposes.

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