Garmin adds pregnancy tracking feature to its smart devices and Connect platform

Kerry McCarthy
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From Runner's World

If you’re a fan of the Garmin ecosystem and are pregnant - now you can use their devices to help chart your journey through to term.

In the past couple of years Garmin and other brands including Fitbit and Apple have addressed female-specific health issues by adding a menstrual cycle tracker to their devices, but Garmin is the first to offer pregnancy tracking.

Users will be able to log symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, high heart rate, sleep data, blood sugar levels, and headaches, as well as keeping a track of their baby’s movements such as kicking or hiccupping.

Women who have entered labour can also use their Garmin to track contractions and timings.

The Forerunner and Fenix series, as well as the Venu and Vivoactive 4 smartwatches all offer this on-the wrist functionality, while the Connect app offers further features including exercise and nutrition tips, and weekly education on symptoms & weight recommendation range for each stage of pregnancy

Something that will definitely get the nod from runners who have downloaded training programmes to Garmin before pregnancy is the option to pause training on your device so you don’t get constant training prompts and feel judged by your Garmin for slacking off as your body and your exercise needs change.

Susan Lyman, Garmin vice president of global consumer marketing, commented: ‘The positive feedback we received when we launched menstrual cycle tracking was a clear indication that our female customers are looking for more opportunities to use technology to improve their health and fitness.’

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