Apple Watch is definitely a companion health device as it now offers features like heart monitoring, ECG, oximeter, etc. This time, however, Apple Watch has been credited with supposedly detecting a woman’s pregnancy before she even had a clue.
Apple Watch would have detected a pregnancy before clinical tests
The story was shared by an Apple Watch user on Reddit. According to the 34-year-old, she became suspicious that something was different as the watch pointed out that her average resting heart rate had increased significantly within a few days. “Usually my resting heart rate is around 57 and my heart rate went to 72,” the user said.
There are many reasons why a person’s heart rate increases dramatically. At first the woman thought she might have COVID-19 as some people may experience a rapid heart rate as one of the symptoms, but a COVID test showed her that was not the case. It didn’t seem like a normal cold either.
That’s when she found articles online saying that pregnant women may also notice a racing heartbeat in the very first weeks of pregnancy. “I read that it sometimes happens in early pregnancy and of course the test was immediately positive,” she added.
After going to a clinic for a pregnancy test, a doctor confirmed the woman was four weeks pregnant. Of course, Apple Watch doesn’t have an official function to detect pregnancy, but it’s interesting how the watch detected that there was something different than usual just by the change in average heart rate. .
After this experience, the user tells others to pay attention to the heart rate alerts from the Apple Watch.
I’m freaking out because I’m not ready for another baby, but it gives me time to consider my options and think about what I’m going to do. I know this might be off-beat use for the watch, but if you’re a woman of childbearing age and your watch is showing an increase in heart rate, it might be worth a try!
Cycle Tracking Features
Apple Watch offers a Cycle Tracking app that allows users to record details about their menstrual cycle. With Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra, Apple added a body temperature sensor that is also able to help improve period predictions and provide retrospective ovulation estimates based on temperature changes during sleep.
You can learn more about how these features work on Apple’s website.
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