Health Trackers are Changing the Experience of Pregnancy & Motherhood [Guest Post]

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My wife and I are looking forward to having kids as soon as possible. If you’re pregnant, or are a freshly minted mom, I’m sure you understand that we want to make absolutely sure the baby is in the best of health. Luckily, the “wearable revolution” has created devices and sensors tailored to pregnant and new mothers alike. I’ve been quantifying my own well-being for over a decade, and have seen countless benefits to tracking health. So I can’t wait to start measuring the health of our baby.

Here are the available (and affordable) wearable devices you should consider using:

1. Pregnancy Wearables and Other Tools

Since most mothers are anxious to monitor their pregnancies, Pregsense may become a must-have to keep their minds at ease. Using a multi-sensor belt, Pregsense monitors the health of the fetus and sends the activity to the mother through a smartphone app. With this belt and app, receiving health parameters from the developing baby no longer depends on luck or on whether the baby monitor works or not.

 

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Studies have shown that listening to music during pregnancy relieves stress. Companies are building upon this notion by enabling mothers and their developing babies listen to music together. Ritmo Pregnancy provides expectant families with a simple way to safely and effectively deliver sounds.

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Sound Beginnings‘ high quality speakers are designed to keep the volume to a level that is safe for baby.

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Lullabelly is a prenatal music belt that can be used whether the expectant mother is on the go or just relaxing at home. It has a patented hands-free design and is easy to use and safe for the baby.

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Bellybuds are also used to deliver music to the fetus through the belly belt with high quality speakers.

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MyHealth Bee offers a whole range of devices categorizes by trimesters.

2. Smart scales

Smart scales for pregnant mothers help them keep track of weight changes without the hassle of writing down numbers on paper. These scales transmit data automatically to a smartphone app which displays them clearly. Qardio tracks health and is a clinically validated device.

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Another interesting device is the smart body analyzer from Withings.

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3. Technology for taking better care of newborns

After birth, monitoring the newborn is vital but can be physically taxing for the parents. Now, there are several tools that can be of great help in this area.

BleepBleeps plans to develop a wide range of hi-tech devices for home use that include ovulation testing, ultrasound scanner, baby monitoring, motion alarm, and a digital thermometer.

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iBabyGuard is an award winner baby sleep monitor.

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Teddy The Guardian is the first smart teddy on the market. It is a equipped with sensors that monitor the baby’s well-being.

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4. Trackers for the newborn

Thin sensors are now available to monitor health  and activity parameters of babies.

MySensibleBaby can monitor the child’s position, temperature, and even movements.

 

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Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as crib death, is a risk every parent keeps in mind. SIDS happens without warning signs and, until now, it has been very challenging to prevent.

Owlet Care designed smart socks that alert mothers if the baby stops breathing.

 

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Sproutling is a baby monitor with a band that has a sensor for heart rate, skin temperature, motion and position. It communicates with an app and lets the mother know if the baby is sleeping soundly or if something is wrong.

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Pixie Scientific is an affordable and disposable diaper that lets pregnant mothers and even pediatricians monitor the child’s health, specifically the baby’s hydration and kidney functions.

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Watch this video to get a quick summary of these examples and please feel free to read more about health trackers on my blog.

Did you like this Guest Post? Learn about the author here: 

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Bertalan Mesko, MD, PhD is a medical futurist who envisions the next trends for companies and governments in order to make sure a mutually positive relation between the human touch and innovative technologies will rule the future of healthcare. He is an international speaker, consultant, geek physician with PhD in genomics, and founder of Webicina.com. He is the author of the recent book “The Guide to the Future of Medicine”. He has given hundreds of presentations from the Yale, Stanford and Harvard University to the centre of the World Health Organization and the Futuremed course organized by the Singularity University at NASA. His work was mentioned by CNN.com, the World Health Organization, National Geographic, Forbes, TIME, BBC, the New York Times, and Wired Science, among others.

Note: The views expressed here are those of guest blogger Bertalan Mesko, MD, PhD only. Pregistry has no business relationship with any of the products mentioned in this article.

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