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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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  • yeah trust the experts! they know how to tell what is going on with you and bub and have the best equipment to see what is actually going on in there.

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  • I hope everyone takes this warning to heart !

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  • I’ve never relied on a phone app for anything. I especially wouldn’t want the life of an unborn child to rely on one.

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  • I WOULD NOT TRUST A MOBILE PHONE APP. I have never used one.

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  • I wouldn’t trust it because it baffles me how a phone app can track fetal heartbeat and movement. Mums should always trust their instincts.

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  • I’ve never had an app like these when I was pregnant. Didn’t even know they existed

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  • Always good to seek proper medical advise indeed.

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  • Good advice – always be guided by your doctor.

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  • It is best to rely on the experts – smart phones are just not sufficiently sophisticated for this purpose.

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  • Just because is says “smart phone” doesn’t actually mean it is so smart it can monitor baby things – lets stick to the right people doing their jobs rather than phones doing them

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  • There is too much reliance on technology at the expense of common sense.

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  • Apps. such as those should be shut down. Some medical information on google is not reliable either as far as Australian Standards are concerned. e.g. Gluten Free food has a higher level of gluten allowed than what Australia does. Australians with Coelic Disease heal quicker than Americans do. USA used to use chemicals in cooking oils etc. which were already banned in Aust.

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  • Ooh, I know we now live in a hi-tech world but there are certain things you shouldn’t rely on your technology and/or apps for. This is definitely one of them. A baby is too precious to rely on technology. It’s great when it works, but when tech doesn’t work, it can alter your life greatly.

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  • Great warning, always wise to rely on medical advice.

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  • people rely too much on apps and not enough on common sense

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