The Crazy Way Your Fitness Tracker Could Detect Your Pregnancy
FitBits are everywhere these days, but aside from tracking your calories and activity, your FitBit might actually be able to predict when you're pregnant. Who knew?
According to CBS News, a Reddit user was recently puzzled by his wife's readings on her FitBit. FitBits work in different ways to help users keep track of their fitness, but one of the ways they work is by measuring the wearer's heart rate. Everyone has a target heart rate where if you know what your target heart rate for burning fat is, for example, your FitBit can tell you what your heart rate is while you're wearing it to help you keep your heart rate up high enough to lose weight. You can look at what your heart rate is while resting and then compare it to different activities you do during the day normally or while exercising.
Long story short: this information is important because it explains why on earth this dude was even looking at his wife's heart rate in the first place. But according to her FitBit daily reading, her heart rate was abnormally high — as in ten hours too high. Her numbers were actually showing that her body was in the “fat burning” heart rate zone for a whopping ten hours during the day, even though she wasn't doing anything particularly strenuous.
He took to the Internet, as most of us do (a good precursor of his future searches as a frantic parent with a sick kid in the middle of the night!) for answers.
“I'm not sure if something is wrong with the sensor. Is there a way to reset or recalibrate the device? I'd like to try that before I contact customer service about a possible replacement,” he wrote on the Reddit forum.
Coming across the man's quandary, another user helpfully suggested that his wife might actually be pregnant since pregnancy raises a woman's heart rate naturally, due to the increased blood volume and extra workload on the ol' ticker. To which the husband replied, “Pregnancy is a strong possibility — didn't know that would jack up the heart rate. I might be a dad, YIKES. Now I gotta watch my own heart rate. Lol.”
And a day later, he posted the official news after his wife took a pregnancy test that he was going to be a dad. From fitness tracking to fertility tracking, what is the world coming to?
Personally, I'm not a fan of FitBits or any other type of “fitness tracker” because I already feel tethered to my phone, and I may or may not be a little bit paranoid that we're all secretly being monitored 24/7, but that's just me. Heaven knows I could use a little help in the fitness department, so don't listen to me. But if you do happen to be a FitBit user and are trying to conceive, just keep your eyes peeled on that heart rate — it may be a fun first indicator that you are expecting!
Do you use a FitBit while pregnant?