After I lost my twins at 17-weeks pregnant, I thought of every possible reason why my water could have broken that early on. There was even a time when I had convinced myself that my elective gender-reveal ultrasound was the cause — I’ve since gotten over that thought.
There was also a brief period of time when I thought maybe, just maybe, my incessant wifi and cell-phone use might have had something to do with it. But then I’d see all my pregnant friends using their phones nonstop, and the ridiculous thought left me. More than anything, I think I just so desperately needed an answer, and doctors had none for me.
Come to find out, not only are cell phones (obviously) safe to use during pregnancy, but there’s a new study out from the George Washington University’s School of Public Health that shows the program Text4Baby actually helps women maintain healthier pregnancies.
According to PsychCentral, “Text4baby is a free mobile health information service of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) that provides pregnant women and new moms with critical health and safety information via text message.”
Women sign up to receive alerts and messages via text about prenatal health care, immunizations, tips to prevent birth defects, and more. Those who use the mobile health service had improved pregnancy health. Plus, these women were three times more likely to feel as though they were “prepared to be new mothers.”
All from text messages.
I suppose it makes sense. After all, these women are receiving targeted messages from a well-respected organization — as opposed to Googling their way through the 9 months. Not that Google isn’t well-respected, but we all know what happens when you leave it up to Google…
::Would you ever consider signing up for Text4Baby?::