Even though a mother and her unborn child often share an extremely close connection, it can be hard to get any tangible feedback about how your child is doing. With the help of a new device called Bellabeat, it will soon be possible for expectant mothers to track various aspects of their babies in-utero life.
The Y Combinator startup gives mothers a way to get much of the same information that an ultrasound would provide, all from the comfort of their own home. Co-founder Sandro Mur also told VentureBeat it’s about creating a more social experience:
We want to offer them an engaging, social, and comfortable at-home experience in pregnancy and enable them to track, observe, and share their experience.
Bellabeat’s device allows women to hear, record, and share their baby’s heartbeat; monitor their baby’s movement and development; track and analyze their pregnancy weight gain; organize prenatal care, and calculate relevant dates throughout the pregnancy. There’s also a social platform called Bellabeat Global to complete the experience, which not only allows future mothers to interact, but also upload data to create a diary, visualizations and various infographics.
The company’s overall goal is to reduce the amount of time and money women have to spend in hospitals leading up to their child’s birth, as well as empower them to manage their health from home. Available for just $129, the device could prove an extremely cost-effective way to help you feel more in control of your pregnancy and child’s wellbeing.