Your health and fitness routine cannot just evaporate overnight if you are pregnant, then why do all health and fitness apps technically stop working when you are expecting?
Your health and safety requirements, daily intake and exercise threshold changes drastically once you start inching towards the final months of pregnancy and it is actually a GOOD thing to gain weight during this time to provide adequate nutrition to the baby to ensure a healthy pregnancy… try telling that to your fitbit fitness tracker.
The Magic of Wearable Fitness Tech
Wearable tech and other applications that keep track of your daily activities and intake to ensure that you hit your daily or periodical fitness goals are extremely popular lately with health conscious people since logging your activities can be extremely handy when it comes to monitoring your fitness levels.
Apps like these can help you keep track of the various schedules or benchmarks set by you, promote healthy eating habits and sometimes give you the extra push to go that extra mile in your pursuit for perfection but one thing apps like these lack is they forgot to take into account any bodily changes you might be experiencing, especially if you’re a woman.
The integration of wearable fitness gadgets with one of the thousands of fitness applications on the app store can indeed do wonders to your routine since they are equipped with the ability to remind you if you forget a certain activity or notify you when it’s time to grab a healthy snack along with the occasional motivational push when you’re feeling the blues; think of them as your personal trainer that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
But you would expect something designed to be such an intricate part of your healthy lifestyle to actually be able to personalize different programs based on changing physical attributes of your body right?
Fitness and Pregnancy
For the physical and psychological health of the baby, it is recommended that an expecting mother engages in some form of regular physical exercise which also in turn helps elevate the physical and psychological state of the mother.
According to researchers, physical activity done during and immediately following a pregnancy can help prevent various conditions including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and musculoskeletal conditions along with an effective recovery from postpartum depression faced by most women after childbirth.
Wearable tech has taken decades of development to reach the stage it is at today, but that does not mean that this technology comes without its own limitations, both physically and fundamentally.
Many experts believe that these wearable devices have been unable to revolutionize the health and fitness industry like they were expected to do since they offer little more than what your smartphone itself is capable of doing in terms of monitoring and exercise logging since it is believed that the biggest limitation of these devices, even after decades of development and improvement is the lack of personalization for various demographics and gender specific needs.
The Female Touch in Fitness and Health Technology
This question was posed by Swapna Krishna, a science and technology journalist who wondered out loud on social media platforms about the lack fitness devices or applications that cater to gender specific scenarios like pregnancy or periods. In a number of her tweets that went viral on social media, Swapna wondered why all of the leading health and fitness companies had somehow missed this trick; a physical phenomenon half of the world’s population will experience at some point in their life.
In Swapna’s opinion this also points towards the shortcomings of the fitness industry, pointing towards their HR structure and the type of people they are employing. In short, Swapna is pointing towards the lack of female input in the health and fitness industry which has led to a general omission of woman-specific features in the development of health related tech.
Her concerns were also voiced by many other women around the world, and even though some people did point out that while there are several pregnancy specific apps, there is no way to currently integrate your new pregnancy schedule in the apps you would be using before pregnancy, calling for an overhaul of your fitness gadgets and applications. Thankfully, many companies have taken note of this issue from the social media banter and are actively interested in formulating tech that caters to women-specific needs.