New wearable sensor gives real-time data on pregnancy

Credit: Bloomlife.

Expectant mothers are often anxious about the progress of their pregnancy, and a new wearable product from Bloomlife (their product also being called Bloomlife) is available to help ease their worries. The wearable, which has been piloted with hundreds of future mothers over a nine-month period (also investigated in four clinical trials), can provide useful pregnancy-related information to women, specifically being used in the third trimester of their pregnancies.

A smartphone app (available for Android and iOS) displays reports and readings based on data gathered from the device which is fitted to the abdomen in the final weeks of pregnancy, and this data provides an up-to-date view on contractions, their frequency and timing, and also a trend and pattern analysis. This information can provide details on how the mother-to-be is coping with the pregnancy and also be saved to be shown to medical staff preparing to assist with the birth.

The device operates by detecting electrical waves from the sensor and thus measures the frequency, intensity, length and amount of both kinds of contractions; Braxton Hicks and labor. This enables the user to easily and comfortably track and monitor the progress of the pregnancy in its final stages, and also provides an information source that can be shown to family and doctors if needed. Bloomlife enables all those involved in a pregnancy to understand the process better.

The device can be ordered from Bloomlife directly and shipping will start at the end of January. Device subscription for one month costs $150, 2 months costs $250 and 3 months costs $300. The company wants to aggregate user data to create “the largest and most comprehensive data set on maternal and fetal health parameters to identify biomarkers for pregnancy complications,” according to CEO and co-founder Eric Dy.

He continued: “Despite one in eight women delivering preterm, the underlying causes and triggers of preterm birth are poorly understood. Traditional approaches to clinical research are fraught with red tape when it comes to pregnancy. Naturally, anything that is perceived to risk a mother and her baby remains strictly off limits. Bloomlife has developed a better way to move beyond the clunky inconvenient 40-year-old technology that is used in hospitals today that requires strapping women to beds. In doing so, we improve the overall usability, and, since we don’t use ultrasound, allow for longitudinal recordings necessary to collect the missing data to advance our understanding of pregnancy and complications such as preterm birth. We see an opportunity to revolutionize medical discovery and innovation, leveraging the power of citizen science and crowdsourced consumer-generated data, which is particularly needed in underserved areas such as pregnancy.”

More information can be found at: Bloomlife.

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