On May 9, 2018, another user submitted a new topic for discussion entitled "Add Pregnancy for More Accurate Cycle Forecast in Female Health Tracking." It's still active and its status is currently, "Reviewed by moderator." In the thread, community administrators respond to some users and call their suggestions on pregnancy features "interesting" and "useful". The latest moderator's response is from December 1
The gang's tone changes over eight pages of discussion, fading from friendly suggestions to frustration and anger as the problem persists and more women join in conversation. There are many similar threads on the MyFitnessPal forum, which also dates back to 2013.
Digital pregnancy monitoring tools exist, but many are more interested in comparing the fetus size with cute animals than offering good medical advice. The most promised option is Withings Pregnancy Tracker in the Health Mate app, which ideally connects to a Nokia smart scale and can use imported data from MyFitnessPal. The Withings app shows the market – it is quite possible and legal to track a pregnant woman's health and offer suggestions with the same data collected by MyFitnessPal. Under Armor, MyFitnessPals parent company, simply did not utilize the resources to build this feature, despite at least five years of customer service.
The same applies to Fitbit – and almost all health and beauty companies at CES 2019.
"This has not been specifically tested on pregnant women." 19659009] "This has not been specifically tested on pregnant women," said a representative showing Neutrogen's 3D printed sheet masks. Spokespeople and developers at Oreal (showing an adhesive skin pH tracker), Withings (Move ECG watch) and Matrix Industries (PowerWatch 2) responded with surprise to test their product on pregnant women. Jeff Ray, executive director of new technology at Omron Healthcare, was the only person who responded with authority and said that pregnant women can definitely use the company's latest blood pressure monitor, even though it had not been tested for preeclampsia, a dangerous blood pressure problem with potentially fatal consequences for both pregnant women and their children.
"Our main purpose was to get this market as fast as possible, then we go back and we start to add them again," he said.  19659004] 2nd of every 1000 women aged 15 to 44 became Pregnant in 2016 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although many health and beauty products are specifically designed for women, and although a significant portion of this market becomes pregnant at some point, pregnancy settings are considered a second or third level for most people. of these companies. 19659002] MyFitnessPal forum "data-caption =" A screenshot of the MyFitnessPal forums taken on 1/11/2019. "Data-credit =" Jessica Conditt / Engadget "data-credit-link-back =" " data-directory-provider = "" data-local-id = "local-3-5710989-1547245668458" data-media-id = "b3b3cb23-8d82-3291-a00f-e1936f7dded7" data-original-url = "https: / /s.yimg.com / os / creatr-uploaded-images / 2019-01 / 03be7aa0-15f0-11e9-bbdf-2f5164da61c2 "data-t itle = "MyFitnessPal forums" src = "https://o.aolcdn.com/images/dims?crop= 947% 2C255% 2C0% 2C0 & quality = 85 & format = jpg & resize = 1600% 2C431 & image_uri = https% 3A% 2F% 2Fs.yimg.com% 2Fos% 2Fcreatr-uploaded-images% 2F2019-01% 2F03be7aa0-15f0-11e9-bbdf-2f5164da61c2 & client = a1acac3e1b3290917d92 & signature = de30ced4444b27a145fc787fed7610ec709b0f53 "/>  women's health programs to find that they are largely useless when the childhood growth process begins. That was what happened to Engadget-contributing author Swapna Krishna last year, and it happened recently to my friend, Oonagh McQuarrie. She is 27 years old and pregnant with her first child.
"Just after I got pregnant, I wanted to track what I ate," she said. "I have been using MyFitnessPal for years to track food and use it for weight loss and so it has all this information about me. I did not want to lose all this or have to reintroduce all this information about myself into a new app – that's why you use the app to teach you everything about you.You can tell MyFitnessPal I make a keto diet, I want to limit my carbohydrates to X levels, you can tell it what kind of lifestyle you live, active or sedentary, and It will indicate calorie counseling for you, but it had nothing about pregnancy. "
First, McQuarrie assumed she was simply missing the pregnancy setting in the app's UI, but she quickly realized it wasn't there. It was the first of many tips that she would endure every day as a result of her pregnancy – things she took for granted, such as popping a zinc gum when she got a cold or melatonin when she needed to sleep, suddenly fell into mystery. How would zinc interact with its changing body? Would Melatonin Affect Child Development? She couldn't find satisfactory answers, and the apps she usually turned to for these types of questions didn't help.
Hi technology developer: It would be very nice if you put a "pregnancy situation" in your weight / training / training etc. apps. I get really tired of my smart scales and training programs that cry out for me for weight gain / decreased activity.
– Swapna Krishna is on maternity leave (@skrishna) August 30, 2018
Pregnancy is an incessant, complete body experience. In addition to worrying about blood pressure, fatigue, swelling, joint pain, nutrition and other common problems, pregnancy can cause problems that the uninitiated would not expect, such as gingivitis, nosebleeds and eczema. The whole process is filled with uncomfortable and life-threatening opportunities, and it can be particularly daunting for a first-class mother.
As someone firmly restricted in the digital age, McQuarrie is accustomed to using apps and other technically driven solutions to prevent her fear. Now, when she needs that assurance more than ever, these tools have nothing to offer her. She has logged her vitality and eating habits in a magazine.
"When I wanted to lose weight, I didn't do it in a food book," McQuarrie said. "I downloaded an app that did it for me, just like everyone else, because this is our master of the year 2019 and there should be an app for it."
@fitbit @FitbitSupport When should you add pregnancy to your app? Your users have been asking for months. Tracking cycles, but not pregnancy, are not meaningful and are biased towards mothers. #fitbitdoesntdopregnancy
– Penelope Shu (@nellyrising) January 3, 2019
MyFitnessPal did not respond to an interview request, while Fitbit offered the following statement in response to some questions about its pregnancy approach: "We listen Always on our Fitbit community and aim to update our features to meet their needs, but have nothing to share about female health tracking right now. " A spokesman noted that pregnant women may continue to use Fitbit during pregnancy. Of course, its forum is pockmarked with stories about the app that do not properly track women's changes, both during and after pregnancy.
"It's the year of our master 2019 and there should be an app for it."
While established brands are pulling their feet on pregnancy characteristics, the market gets a little fresh attention from new companies. CES 2019 presented a number of products intended for expected and new mothers, from hands-free pump devices to a first personal camera. Evan Griffin is the trademark director of Owlet, the company behind the Owlet Band, a connected stomach that monitors the fetus while the mother is sleeping.
"When you deliver products to a baby or a pregnant mother, it is what people value most. It is the most beautiful thing," Griffin said. "I think for most people it's just easier to avoid the work that goes into it. The beginning of life is probably the most underdeveloped room in the whole technology. Everyone has accepted this poor quality standard."  Rejecting pregnant women as a real and constant audience begins in the concept phase. Health, fitness and beauty products at CES are not always ready to hit the market, but even when they do, it is unlikely that they contain alternatives for expected or new mothers. The overall answer from leading companies and spokesmen on the CES floor – surprise, confusion and vague intrigue – stems from a built-in blind spot.