There are tons of things that pregnant women worry about: nausea, weight gain, the baby’s health, eating healthy, controlling incontinence, and so on. The good news is that expectant mothers have many tools at their disposal to help manage their pregnancies and their fears. Here is a list of useful gadgets that can help expectant mothers make their next nine months more enjoyable.
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Gravida Nurse Prenatal Education Device
The Gravida Prenatal Device is a touch screen digital media player that allows expectant mothers to view downloaded video, audio, and image files on prenatal care tips. This lightweight media player boasts a 4.5 x 3.35 inch color display with a 1600 x 1200 resolution. The Gravida is a trendy alternative to a cumbersome laptop or a temperamental tablet in that it displays and stores as much information as the other devices. Priced around $23 at Uxsight, this device includes a memory card slot and USB connectivity that allows it to be attached to a computer or laptop.
Hi Bebe BT200 Sound Fetal Doppler
According to board certified obstetricians and gynecologists such as Gilbert Webb, checking a baby’s heartbeat is an important part of prenatal care for the mother and the baby’s well-being. Monitoring a baby’s heartbeat in-between scheduled obstetrician visits can help an expectant mother alert her health care practitioner to any complications. The Hi Bebe Sound Fetal Doppler is a hand-held device that allows a mom-to-be to hear and see the baby’s heartbeat from 10 weeks to labor. The Hi Bebe BT200 features a backlit LCD screen, ± 2% accuracy, and picks up ultrasound frequency at 2MHz. The BT200 costs around $99 at healthchecksystems.com.
An article posted by WebMD states that it is natural for a pregnant woman to seek out ways to build a bond with her unborn child. Bellybuds, sold at Amazon.com for $50, is a sound system that is designed to introduce the unborn baby to sounds or people that will be a part of his or her life. This device plays downloaded music, as well as records and plays back messages from the mother or other family members. Bellybud’s custom speakers are lightweight, easy to attach to any size belly bump, and can be discreetly worn under clothing. The hydrogel adhesive rings that attach the speakers to the belly are safe for the mother’s skin, and the sound level is controlled by a volume switch as to not endanger the fetus’ developing hearing.
Baby Kick has created KickTrak, a non-invasive, handheld, digital monitoring device that helps prevent stillbirths by monitoring the baby’s kicking movements and rate. The KickTrak times a baby’s movements for ten kicks and records the last ten sessions, which can be manually or internally deleted to record new sessions. The KickTrak can also be used to track the progress of a pregnancy and to time labor contractions. This gadget is sold at Amazon.com for $4.99.
Being pregnant can be an intimidating and rewarding experience, so questions and doubts are sure to arise. Purchasing a gadget or two that helps manage minor pregnancy health issues or that answer questions can really help control worrisome thoughts and improve the pregnancy experience. Sites like Mercy can help you find doctors to help answer questions on what gadgets are best for calming your specific fears.
By Savannah Coulsen