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.