Smart phone technology and apps can often give nervous mums-to-be peace of mind, but experts are warning pregnant women against using them to monitor their unborn babies.
The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation shared a warning on their Facebook page, urging mothers-to-be, “not to rely on popular technology such as smartphone apps which claim to help users ‘keep track of each time your baby kicks’ and ‘monitor your baby’s health’.”
They have stated, “Maternal fetal medicine experts from The Royal Hospital for Women are sending an urgent warning to pregnant women not to rely on popular technology, such as smartphone apps which claim to help users ‘keep track of each time your baby kicks’ and ‘monitor your baby’s health’.”
Dr Lucy Bowyer, Acting Head of Maternal Fetal Medicine, said the hospital had cared for a small number of women recently, with reduced fetal movements, who had relied on a smartphone app to assure them that their unborn baby’s heart beat had been normal, but sadly had experienced stillbirth.
“Women with reduced fetal movements must ring for medical advice, not rely upon phone apps which cannot auscultate the fetal heart with any clinical success,” Dr Bowyer said. “Many women don’t want to waste our time, but if you are concerned about your baby’s movements, we would rather hear from you than take the risk of stillbirth.”
“If you are concerned about your baby’s movements, you must contact your midwife or doctor – at any time of the day or night.”
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