24 Sep The miracle of pregnancy
Today, I want to talk and share a little about pregnancy experience for all the new mommy-to-be out there. This is my first pregnancy and I’m 38th weeks pregnant, our baby Vogt is due on Sept 30th. We’re currently we’re in a waiting stage because she can arrive any day now. I still think it’s a miracle that women body can physically grow a baby. I’ve been very blessed to have a very easy pregnancy so far, I didn’t have the morning sickness. I was just tired from week 8th -11th, and my skin was acting up a bit. But starting around week 12-13th I feel like a new person and my skin cleared up. In my second trimester, I barely feel pregnant besides my boobs are growing and sored. I forget that I’m pregnant until I look down and see my growing belly. During this stage, I still travel a ton and had a ton of energy, see my travel posts here, here and here. Toward the end of my 2nd trimester during week 24th I felt her kicking and hasn’t stop ever since. If this is not a miracle then I don’t know what is.
After coming back from our Europe trip, I entered my 3rd trimester. Now I’m near home stretch, thinking about getting ready for delivery. One of the biggest subjects about getting ready for delivery is contractions, but what about contractions? I don’t know what I suppose to expect or what they are suppose to feel like.
When BloomLife reached out to let me try their wearable contraction monitor.
I was 100% on board when I found out that I can automatically track and count my contractions by simply just wearing a small device on my belly. This also helps me to tell what a contraction feels like, even though at this stage it doesn’t hurt yet. I also learned about the 5-1-1 rule, this means that I’m getting my contractions in 5 min frequency at 1 min duration within 1-hour span. Our OBGYN informed me that once my contraction gets to a consistent pattern that means my body is going to start labor. I’ve been using this device now for the last couple of weeks on the daily mainly at night when we’re watching TV or while I’m sleeping, see image for the result. Obviously, my contractions are not consistent yet, but this was really helpful when I show it to my OBGYN this morning. He said that these contractions are helping the baby to move into position. Another reason why this device and the app is so awesome because it’s so helpful to show the result and share the experiences with your loved ones and or medical professionals.
To all the mom-to-be out there, want to know more about your pregnancy and contractions. Time to place your rental order with BloomLife. Use my code “RachelVogt10” to save 10% on your weekly rental. Most moms like to have Bloomlife for the last 6-8 weeks of their pregnancy to learn from and connect with their body as they prepare for labor. Women who need to keep a close eye on early contractions tend to get it for longer, often throughout the third trimester. You can start it whenever you want since the rental model allows you to match your rental period to your specific pregnancy needs.
Thank you for reading about my pregnancy 101 and thanks BloomLife for sponsoring this post, but all thoughts are mine.
Does Bloomlife use ultrasound?
No. Bloomlife is completely non-invasive and measures uterine activity with electrophysiology (the same technology used when doctors measure your heart rhythm with EKG).
When should I get Bloomlife during my pregnancy?
Most moms like to have Bloomlife for the last 6-8 weeks of their pregnancy to learn from and connect with their body as they prepare for labor. Women who need to keep a close eye on early contractions tend to get it for longer, often throughout the third trimester. You can start it whenever you want since the rental model allows you to match your rental period to your specific pregnancy needs.
Can Bloomlife detect Braxton Hicks contractions?
Yes, Bloomlife detects all uterine muscle activity including Braxton Hicks. It cannot, at the moment, classify Braxton Hicks vs. labor contractions but the contraction pattern bar allows women to quickly see regularity of contractions.
Is Bloomlife safe?
Yes. Bloomlife is 100% passive and does not send any energy into the body (unlike ultrasound or doppler). It has passed both FCC and CE certification well below standards and proven safe for continuous use.
Is Bloomlife covered by insurance?
Bloomlife is not currently covered by insurance. However Bloomlife is FSA/HSA qualified. Customers can contact Bloomlife directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an itemized receipt to submit.
How often should I wear Bloomlife?
While you can wear Bloomlife as often as you like, most women get into a routine of wearing Bloomlife for an hour or two every evening when relaxing to see changes in their baseline. Many women will also put Bloomlife on during moments when they want to track contractions more closely.
Will Bloomlife work with twins?
Yes! Bloomlife works just as well with twins (and triplets and quads!) as it does for singletons.
What comes in the box?
The box contains everything you will need to get started: Bloomlife sensor, patches, sensor charging cord, and a quick guide.
Will Bloomlife work with heavy moms?
Yes, Bloomlife has been tested with moms of various size and weight and shown to accurately detect contractions.
Do I need to pay for more patches?
No, if you run low on patches more will be shipped to you for the length of your rental at no additional cost.
How do I get Bloomlife?
Bloomlife is available through the Bloomlife website – www.bloomlife.com, use RachelVogt10 to save 10% on your weekly rental.
You can request immediate shipping or reserve for a specific shipment date later in your pregnancy.