Now, more than ever, while confined to the spaces of our home, we’re all trying to stay more active. We’re keeping those endorphins flowing, the synapses firing, the heart muscle pumping, and our spirits and bodies in peak condition (as much as we can, anyway). This rings especially true for those of us who are expecting. Even in uncertain times it’s important to stay as fit and active as possible, to keep our diets full of nutrition, our brains healthy and happy, and our blood pumping - not just for ourselves, but for those impending bundles of joy.
Whether you’re interested in jogging, cycling, indoor aerobics, swimming, yoga or some other form of gentle exercise, all movement is good movement. Many expectant mothers use devices or aids such as step counters or apps to track their exercises and movement, and those are great. However, in recent years there has begun some question about the use of the ever-popular Fitbit and other “step trackers” that use Bluetooth for expectant mothers. Are they safe?
Some studies have shown that Fitbit and other step trackers that utilize Bluetooth may have low-levels of radiation that can be harmful to both mother and unborn baby. These findings are somewhat inconclusive, but some studies have shown Bluetooth radiation to lower sperm count in healthy males and have also done harm to animals and insects that underwent testing over a prolonged period of time. The electromagnetic activity, or EMF, generated by Bluetooth devices has also been linked to certain cancers, tumor growth and other issues such as insomnia and depression.
All findings are inconclusive, and it’s your choice as to whether or not you wish to use a Bluetooth-enabled device (in some cases you can just turn Bluetooth off and continue enjoying your product). For those who don’t want to take the risk, however, there are a number of products on the market such as a Bluetooth Free Fitness Tracker and other mobility aids/exercise apps and products that do not utilize Bluetooth or EMF, so you can safely track your steps, monitor your exercise and engage with the sports and activities you love without fear of harming yourself or your baby. These include pedometers or step counters, watches, Garmin and similar devices, apps and software, and so much more. No matter what type of aid or device you need for your workouts, there’s something on the market for you.
If you’re attached to your Fitbit and just can’t see not using it, don’t worry! As with anything, using it in moderation and keeping an eye out for any negative effects can make all the difference. Staying in tune with your body and being careful and informed is really all you need to do. At the end of the day, you know what’s best for your body and your baby.
Staying active and healthy during your pregnancy is more important than ever. Lucky for us, there are so many different ways to do that these days.