The Best Food Diary and Nutrition Tracker for Pregnancy

Wholesome Health - January 7th, 2018

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GET enough CALORIES & NUTRIENTS for YOUR pregnancY

Have you ever wondered if you’re getting all the nutrients that you should be from your diet while pregnant? The Wholesome app can make it easy. Wholesome takes into account that you are pregnant and tailors your daily goals according to the USDA recommended daily allowances specific for you. Here's an example: The food industry sets 18mg of iron as 100% daily value on nutrition labels. But adult men only need 8mg per day, while a pregnant woman needs 27mg per day. So by eating 100% a pregnant woman is only getting two-thirds of what is recommended for her. By telling Wholesome that you are pregnant it will set your goal to 27mg for the day. You can then easily track and measure your progress toward your goal. You can also customize your goals further if your doctor or nutritionist has more specific recommendations. You can even enter your prenatal vitamins for tracking.



With a focus on micronutrients, Wholesome tracks 90 nutrients including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega 3s (including DHA). It can spot where your nutrients gaps are for the day and how you trend over time.

Macronutrients and the usual suspects: Protein, Fat, Carbohydrate, Sugars, Fiber, Water, calories

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Vitamins and minerals: Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Retinol, Vitamin B6, Folate (Vitamin B9), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Choline, Pantothenic Acid, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Calcium, Iron, Iodine, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium.

Omega 3's and 6's: Linoleic Acid, α-Linolenic Acid, EPA, DPA, DHA. 

Carotenoids & Flavanoids (antioxidants): β-Carotene, α-Carotene, β-Cryptoxanthin, Lycopene, Lutein, Cyanidin, Petunidin, Delphinidin, Malvidin, Pelargonidin, Peonidin, Catechin, EGC, Epicatechin, ECG, EGCG, Gallocatechin, Eriodictyol, Hesperitin, Naringenin, Apigenin, Luteolin, Isorhamnetin, Keampferol, Myricetin, Quercetin, Daidzein, Genistein, Glycitein, Isoflavones, Proanthocyanidins, Gingerol, Glucosinolates, Pterostilbene, Diallyl Disulfide, Molybdenum. 


Are you getting enough folate in your diet for a healthy pregnancy?

The Wholesome app can help you get what you need from your diet and visualize your progress tracking toward your 600 mcg goal of folate (aka folic acid).  Simply update your profile to 'pregnant' and the app and it will set your goal to 600 mcg per day. You can also customize your goal higher should your doctor or nutritionist recommend that you do so. 

Folic acid known to be particularly critical for a healthy pregnancy because it protects against neural tube defects. Doctors prescribe it to every woman of childbearing age. Few moms know, however, that folic acid is actually the synthetic form of a naturally occurring nutrient called ‘folate,’ which can be found abundantly in whole foods such as asparagus, broccoli, and avocado. With the help of the Wholesome nutrition app, you can get the folate you need from natural foods. In fact, the natural form is much safer than taking the synthetic folic acid supplements. Up to half of the population has genetic variants in the MTFHR gene that make it more difficult to metabolize folic acid. For these people, the synthetic folic acid can stay in the body and even do harm (while there is some debate, some scientific studies have linked it to cancer). Folate from food, in contrast and even in excess, is perfectly safe and extremely healthy. Click here to learn more about getting folate from your food using the Wholesome app.

Looking for the best prenatal vitamin with folate? The Wholesome team did extensive research and wrote an article with our recommendations: 5 Best Natural Folic Acid Prenatal Supplements with Folate - MTHFR support.



You can easily track recipes and Wholesome will analyze your diet for nutritional gaps. The app allows you to assess your intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids. It then simply suggests healthy recipes that match your needs. So if you’re not getting enough Iron or Vitamin C in your diet, for example, Wholesome will suggest healthy whole food recipes that contain both. The more you eat, the more tailored the recommendations.

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What wholesome users are saying  

Great pregnancy nutrition / food diary app! by SFNewbie2015 

I couldn't believe that there wasn't a food diary app that was specifically geared toward pregnant women. I wanted to eat a healthy diet - but my nausea was winning out most of the time and I was worried I wasn't eating enough of what the baby needed. This app allows you to edit your nutrition needs, like folic acid and iron. You enter your food intake into your diary and it gives you the standard info for calories. Just hit a button on the bottom and it shows you where you are to your nutrition goals for the day and then suggests foods and recipes that will fill the gap. Amazing! LOVE IT!

The perfect nutrition app by Stickinote07

I'm using the Pro Version: Beyond impressed. This app is everything I have been looking for in terms of focus on nutrition content (way beyond calories & protein like every other app), user interface (gorgeous, intuitive, smooth), personalization (literally provides specific food and recipe suggestions based on daily values that you as a user input--i.e. perfect for health conditions with specific diet requirements, weight loss or gain, and especially pregnancy!), and resource-laden (SO many great recipes and an option to share the user's own creations)

Love it - great for pregnancy nutrition tracking by Nopety Nope 

Love this app. You can actually track your nutrition and identify where you are falling short. Plus it has a pregnancy setting!!

Improved our lives by Srh39 – Feb 22, 2016

I love this app. Great for us. I track my food and I think it's awesome for any special diets such as insuring adequate nutrition intake through pregnancy or vegetarian diets. Works great for my toddler too. With multiple users it is possible, but a bit of a pain switching back in forth. Have to re-enter my weight height age then when I log my sons food change it all, over and over. It is worth it for the knowledge I am gaining about how to have a balanced diet for us. This app has improved our eating habits by filling in nutritional gaps and subsequently improving our lives. Thank you!!


Wholesome was created by a two-time cancer survivor who wanted to get the most out of a whole food diet. To date, Wholesome for iOS has had over 250,000 downloads and over 1.5 million whole foods tracked. The app has been featured on BuzzFeed, LikeHacker, CultofMac, and The Seattle Times.


Image source: Vanessa Porter