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Midwives warn popular pregnancy app is giving 'dangerously wrong' information by Idowu Olabode : April 06, 2017, 07:49:24 AM
Midwives are claiming women using a popular app are being misinformed - and are warning them not to follow the advice.

Period Tracker is a mobile app designed to help women conceive, allowing them to monitor when they are ovulating.

Like many other apps and websites, it also offers pregnant women week-by-week updates on their baby's progress.

But midwives are concerned that information in its week 35 update is inaccurate - and dangerous.

One woman tweeted to make stillbirth and pregnancy charities aware of the problem, saying it is "giving expectant mothers very dangerous advice."

The issue is that the app advises baby's movements slow down towards the end of pregnancy, which midwives claim is untrue.

Medics and charities advise that mums should always monitor their baby's movements and seek advice if they notice a decrease in kicks and movement.

Tommy's, an NHS-accredited organisation run by a team of midwives, aims to provide accurate information for women expecting babies and posted a warning about the app on its Facebook page.

Sophie King, a midwife and spokeswoman for Tommy's , told the Sun that the information is “dangerously wrong”.

She said: “The information in the Period Tracker app suggesting that movements slowing down is ‘normal’ is wrong, and dangerously so.

“It is not true that your baby moves less towards the end of pregnancy, and in fact, if your baby’s movements slow down or ‘diminish’, it’s a sign that they may be unwell and should be checked out by a midwife.

“Apps like Period Tracker continuing to spread incorrect information that may keep women at home rather than heading to hospital is really unhelpful.

“Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well."

She added that babies often slow down their movements in the womb if they are having problems or are unwell - and mums should flag this up immediately so that doctors can investigate the cause.

“This can be the first sign of a problem," she said.

“If this symptom is reported promptly there is a window of opportunity in which the baby’s life may be saved.”

The NHS recommends that women should be aware of their baby's movements and report any concerns to their midwife straight away.

Mirror Online has contacted the app developer for comment.

NHS advice on baby's movements in pregnancy

"You'll usually start feeling some movement between weeks 16 and 20 of your pregnancy, although it can sometimes be later than this. These movements may be felt as a kick, flutter, swish or roll.

"The number of movements tends to increase until 32 weeks of pregnancy and then stay about the same, although the type of movement may change as you get nearer to your due date. You should continue to feel your baby move up to and during labour.

"If you notice your baby is moving less than usual, or if you've noticed a change in the pattern of movements, it may be the first sign that your baby is unwell.

"You should contact your midwife or local maternity unit immediately so your baby's wellbeing can be assessed.

"There's no specific number of movements that's considered to be normal. What's important is noticing and telling your midwife about any reduction or change in your baby's normal movements."

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