Purpose of App Review

  • to review the caffeine intake choices available
  • to analyze the utility of the app for tracking caffeine use
  • to assess the guidelines used for maximum caffeine use

Introduction

Caffeine comes in many forms of food and drink including coffee, tea, soda, and chocolate. Like the other things we eat, caffeine can affect our body and its processes, including those of a pregnancy and a fetus.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends no more than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day to avoid these effects.

The Pregnancy Caffeine Monitor app seeks to provide the ability to track caffeine intake from common sources.

User Interface

The Home page of the app provides a list of sources of caffeine, generally organized by brand.

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The top portion of the app also provides the recommendation for buying your drink caffeinated or not. As you approach the caffeine limits, the top toolbar changes to a red color.

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The bottom toolbar allows you to restart the count by clearing the day’s entries. To enter a caffeine entry, you select the brand of choice. Subsequent menus then allow you to select the drink and size.

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After selecting the size, you are taken back to the Home screen. The bottom portion then lists your caffeine intake.

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The red bar shows the daily recommended limit, while the lower bar shows your combined intake for the day. Above the bars, your intake for the day is listed numerically, as well as how that intake was achieved.

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Price

  • $0.99

Likes

  • ability to start a new day
  • large number of caffeine sources available
  • compares daily intake to recommended maximum intake and makes suggestions

Dislikes

  • no discussion of where the caffeine recommendations come from
  • cannot delete entry for the day without deleting all entries
  • difficult to navigate selections, particularly the scrolling function
  • not updated with the most recent drinks (i.e. Coke Zero)
  • individual caffeine amounts per drink not listed

Patients that may benefit from app

  • Pregnant patients who wish to monitor and potentially limit their caffeine intake during pregnancy

Conclusion

  • The Pregnancy Caffeine Monitor medical app provides a helpful, but limited portable app to log your caffeine intake. The app provides several different brands of caffeinated drinks, but underutilizes the iPhone’s capabilities and has not been recently updated. It also does not cite the references it uses for caffeine limitations.

References

ACOG Committee Opinion Number 462 (August 2010). Moderate Caffeine Consumption During Pregnancy.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • No

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Rating: 3/5
1. User Interface – 2.  Routinely advances to sub-menus when trying to scroll up or down
2. Multimedia usage – 2. Smooth transitions used, but no split screen. No pictures or videos.
3. Price – 4. Inexpensive at $0.99.
4. Real world applicability – 4.  Could be used every day during a pregnancy.

App version: 1.0
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.  Optimized for iPhone 5.
Requires: iOS 6.0 or later
Tested on: iPhone 4S

Disclaimer:
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your healthcare provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or healthcare provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your healthcare provider.