While pregnancy is an exciting time, it also represents a good opportunity for women to take charge of the things they can control, like staying healthy.
And so Garmin added pregnancy tracking to its Garmin Connect service to help ladies do just that. Now they can easily transition from logging their periods and understanding their cycle to tracking the pregnancy and keeping track of what matters.
How does it work?
The new feature lets women follow their pregnancy week by week and get educational content related to exercise and nutrition such as weight gain recommendations. Also included are pregnancy-specific symptom tracking as well as the ability to manually enter and track baby movement and blood glucose levels.
Women can set up customized reminders to help keep track of hydration goals or to remind them to practice their Kegels.
All of this tracking is available from the Pregnancy Tracking Connect IQ app, which will sync with the user’s Garmin Connect account; and on vívomove series watches through the Women’s Health Tracking widget.
Existing tracking remains in place
The usual health metrics remain in place — including sleep, Body Battery, activities and more — allowing users to see how their bodies change each week, month and trimester.
However, women can customize their settings in Garmin Connect and on a compatible smartwatch during their pregnancy:
- Pause your training status. This helps if you notice your status decreasing with the increased heart rate and blood volume that normally comes with pregnancy.
- Enable high heart rate alerts for your activities. This will help you monitor your heart rate so you stay within your doctor’s recommendations.
- Adjust your daily hydration goal.
To start tracking your pregnancy, open the Garmin Connect app and navigate to User Settings > Women’s Health > Cycle Type > Pregnancy. Once you’re set up, you can download the Pregnancy Tracking Connect IQ app and start tracking on your wrist too.
Sales of smartwatches have been growing for quite some time now, with both men and women joining the ride. According to IDC, sales of smartwatches and wrist bands totaled 33.7 million units in Q3 2020.