Monitoring Mother's Health From Home: New Technology Improves Pregnancy Care
Brooks Ann McKinney had a high risk pregnancy with multiple complications, including gestational diabetes. She wanted everything to go just right for her baby - and the Cone Health Babyscripts app helped her do just that.
The Babyscripts app makes it easy for expecting mothers to record health data, including their weight, blood pressure and blood sugar. The app itself monitors this data for red flags while also transmitting the data to mother's health care provider for review.
"When I found out about it, it was an answered prayer,” says McKinney, “because I could have an easy way to track my glucometer numbers and make sure that my sugar levels stayed correct.”
Kelly Leggett, MD, MHA, helped with the development of the high-risk portion of the app. “Diabetes can be a very hard disease to manage,” says Leggett. She explains how the app helps "take some of the burden off" expecting moms by providing an easy, accessible place to record their health data. Additionally, Leggett says that using the app can decrease the number of necessary office visits from 13 to 9.
The Babyscripts app helps mothers take care of their health in many ways. Kimberly Newton, MD, continues the conversation and shares that the app is an excellent resource for trustworthy health information and advice for expecting mothers.
“We’re meeting moms where they are - they’re using their phones!” Newton says. Newton also emphasizes practicing these top tips for promoting a healthy pregnancy:
- Have prenatal care. Early and consistent prenatal care is one of the most important factors for healthy outcomes for both mom and baby.
- Eat a healthy diet. It's important for expecting mothers eat a well-rounded diet that focuses on fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy, lean proteins.
- Build a support network. Connecting with the friends, family and loved ones who can help you through your pregnancy is key. Your prenatal care providers are also an important part of this support network.