David and Ivonne Trinidad(NEW YORK) — Forget the stork.
A New York City couple said they found out they were expecting their first child with the help of a little technology — Fitbit data.
David Trinidad’s 2016 New Year’s resolution was to get in shape and have a child with his wife of three-and-a-half years, Ivonne Trinidad. When Ivonne fell in love with her husband’s Fitbit, David got her one of her own.
“I wanted to get a Fitbit to use the sleep tracker and see if I was hitting my sleep goals,” Ivonne said. But little did she know the gadget was about to tell her something else.
“Weeks later I thought something was wrong with the tracker because [Ivonne’s] heart rate was consistently high,” David said. “I thought something was wrong with the watch and didn’t want to contact customer service and go through all of that so I posted in reddit where I was active.”
One Reddit user suggested that Ivonne’s elevated heart rate may be explained by stress or pregnancy.
“We had begun to try to have our first child, but that was really fast, but could be a possibility,” David said.
Ivonne says she took nearly 10 pregnancy tests which all came back positive.
“I was down $200 bucks before the baby was even born,” David said.
Christine Zirafi, Director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute tells ABC News that an elevated heart rate can be a sign of pregnancy, and is not uncommon. But there are many other diseases that can cause a faster heart rate.
“Your heart rate goes up during pregnancy as your heart puts more blood out because of the placenta and the baby,” Dr. Zirafi said. “There are also changes in the mother’s vascular resistance because of the placenta and the baby.”
The couple’s doctor confirmed they are expecting. The due date is October 2016.
After sharing the news with the Reddit community, David has received notifications and messages from people all over the world.
“It’s been insane,” Ivonne said. “All the emotions, I’m super hormonal. People from South Africa to Germany have reached out to say congratulations.”
A Fitbit spokesperson told ABC News it is always exciting to hear from the community of Fitbit users, and they are very happy to learn of this story.
The first time parents say the response has been so positive that they have decided to let people continue to follow their journey via twitter and Instagram @babyfitbit.
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