Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. Bellabeat provided me with one device at no cost to review and one to give away. All opinions shared are my own.
Our big anatomy scan and ultrasound is coming up in just a couple of weeks and we still haven’t decided if we’re going to find out the gender or not! And while I still haven’t felt movement that I’m 100% sure is the baby, every so often I feel something strange that I’m starting to believe could be the start of full-on kicking! I haven’t talked a lot about worrying during pregnancy on the blog, but it’s something that consumed my life during the first couple of months.
In an earlier post, I alluded to the fact that J and I had experienced a miscarriage the first time we got pregnant. While it’s not as much fun to talk about as things like, what color we’re going to paint the nursery or what’s the name going to be, it’s something that many women unfortunately go through, yet it isn’t talked about often. Well I’m not going to go into detail about that experience, but my point is that being pregnant has brought my worrying to a new and different level, but thankfully (and surprisingly) it’s stayed at a healthy level and hasn’t been majorly anxiety-inducing. I’m also realizing that it’s normal to be worried and that it isn’t going to stop once baby is born
Right now, with our doctor appointments taking place only every four weeks and the fact that I’m not feeling any major movement yet, I count down the days until my next appointment so I can be assured that baby is doing OK. Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out a pretty cool new app and device that has the potential to help minimize this worry in between appointments.
Bellabeat is a pregnancy tracking app that lets you:
- Listen to & record your unborn baby’s heartbeat.
- Track your baby’s movement & keep a Kickcounter Chart.
- Organize your prenatal care & keep a pregnancy diary.
What’s in the box:
- Handheld fetal doppler
- Cord to connect your phone to the device
- Ultrasound gel
- User manual
The hubs and I were so excited to try it out for the first time.
The device connects to your iPhone and instead of using the headphones, we connected it to a portable speaker so J and I could hear at the same time.
After just a little bit of searching around and first finding the placenta (it makes a “whoosh, woosh” kind of sound) and my own heartbeat (which was much lower than what I knew to be looking for, for the baby’s) we locked onto the baby’s heartbeat.
(I can’t figure out how to embed this, so click on the link if you want to hear baby Nelson’s heartbeat! It was strong, right around 143 bpm.)
It was really cool to then be able to upload the file — it gives you the option of sharing it on Facebook if you want, but we chose to email it to some family members instead, which was really fun! There are also a ton of other features within the app like a mood tracker, kickcounter tracker, weight gain tracker, lots of informational articles and a prenatal calendar with pregnancy milestones. I’m not sure that I’d use all of the features because I’ve been using some other apps that I simply came across before Bellabeat.
For me personally, the one major downside of this device is not anything that’s actually wrong with the device itself. It’s more about what I’m comfortable with in terms of exposing baby Nelson to. The Bellabeat uses ultrasound waves instead of simply amplifying the sounds (think: fancy stethoscope) so each time you use it, you’re exposing the baby to this. And although the Bellabeat emits a very low level of these waves, I still don’t necessarily feel comfortable with using this too often since the research is still ongoing about the long-term risks of repeated and prolonged exposure. Also, I’m not a health professional and do not have training on how to properly use a doppler or what to be looking for, so there is always the risk of a false sense of security that everything is OK.
But other than that, this is a very cool product and I love the founder’s vision for it. Check out this video for an interview with her here. If you want more information, check out the Bellabeat website or on Facebook or Twitter.
I’m so excited to be able to give away one Bellabeat device (retails: $129) to a lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment below with your answer to: What are your favorite apps? Tracking, organizing, health, fitness, food-related (doesn’t have to be pregnancy apps).
For an extra entry, tweet about the giveaway and make sure to tag Bellabeat (@getbellabeat) and myself (@hyedi) and link to this post. Good luck — I’ll choose a winner when I get back from Boston first thing next Thursday morning!