This Wearable Monitor Will Tell You When You’re Having a Contraction
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
If you're a first-time mom (or even an experienced mom!) you may worry that you won't necessarily know when you are having a contraction.
If you ask moms what a contraction feels like, you'll most likely get a variety of answers. Some moms experience contractions as a feeling like their stomachs are being squeezed, other feel contractions lower in their abdomens, and still others experience more back pain with contractions. Contractions feel different to different women and, depending on if it's your first baby or your fourth, you may feel them completely differently yourself.
Early contractions can be hard to feel. If you're at risk for premature labor, you may be especially nervous that you might miss the early signs of contractions. That's exactly where this new wearable monitor, designed for moms to wear outside of the hospital, comes in.
The Bloom Life wearable monitor is designed as a small patch with an attached monitor that tracks a mother's contractions and allows her to know when she is having a contraction. A mom can sync the patch to her phone and watch in real time as her contraction is happening or upload all the data to her phone and see her contraction pattern.
Like an external monitor at the hospital, it's important to know that Bloom Life can only monitor when a contraction is happening. Even if the spike looks large, it's not an indication of how strong a contraction is. You can't measure how strong a contraction is with any type of monitor on the outside of a mom's body.
So who would benefit from this wearable monitor? I think any first-time mom who is anxious about what a contraction might feel like could benefit from learning when she is having a contraction, but it should be used with caution. Especially near the later weeks of pregnancy, many moms have Braxton-Hicks contractions that are your body's way of prepping for labor, so they don't necessarily mean you need to run to the hospital.
A wearable monitor like this could be a tool to learn what a contraction feels like. But you should also learn to pay attention to your body and look for any signs that labor is actually happening. Signs can include accompanying back pain, pain that intensifies with walking around, any bleeding or fluid leaking, and, of course, decreased movement of the baby. If you are a mom who is at risk for premature labor, definitely talk to your doctor to see if he or she would recommend using a contraction monitor at home.
Would you use a wearable monitor like this during your pregnancy?