An Unexpected Use For A Fitbit

Woman with FitBit

Typically, women use pregnancy tests to determine if they are pregnant or not, but one New York City woman found out she was an expectant mom, not from a test, but from her Fitbit results.  If you don’t have one, a Fitbit is a device that tracks activities like calories, distances traveled, sleep quality and heart rate.

When the woman’s Fitbit recorded a higher than usual heart rate, her husband, assuming the device was not functioning properly, posted an inquiry on Reddit, asking other Fitbit users if they have experienced a similar problem.

He did receive some information that indicated some recent firmware updates made heart rate tracking inconsistent, but he also received a number of responses asking if his wife was pregnant.  Since they had been trying for a few months to get pregnant, it was definitely a possibility.

Shortly after the initial Reddit post, the husband followed up with confirmation that his wife was indeed pregnant and he would soon become a first time dad.  He professed that he had no idea that pregnancy could affect a woman’s heart rate that way.

“Thank you all for your overwhelming support! It’s been awesome to read all the comments and well wishers, even the comments questioning whether I am in fact the father (gotta have a sense of humor on here, right?).  I just wanted to say this is indeed real, I do not work for fitbit, this is not guerrilla marketing.  This is real, the fear is real, the excitement is very real!  I am a regular guy who was just looking for the communities help with his wife’s technology issue (we’ve all been there, right?).  Little did I know I go a lot more than I bargained for!  Now I’m a regular guy who is preparing to have his first child brought into the world, god willing, in Oct 2016.”

Daddy-to-be David, also shared on Buzzfeed, that he and his wife, Ivonne, now have a great story to tell the baby one day.

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