Stress monitoring during pregnancy
Seven weeks before giving birth to her first child, we had a talk with Lotte. She started monitoring with Mindstretch in the first months of her pregnancy because she is a very busy woman and wanted to take good care of her body and mind.
Lotte works with an architectural office. She has many projects to follow-up and works long hours. Besides the busy job, you would think that no time is left for other activities, but nothing is less true. Week-ends are often completely filled with activities.
Stress monitoring during pregnancy helps to take care of yourself
Being pregnant makes you feel more tired, as it is sometimes difficult to get a good night’s sleep. “I wake up several times a night to go to the toilet” she says. Her nights therefore do not give her the necessary recovery, which is visible in the ‘orange’ peaks on the Mindstretch app. Lotte’s job also takes a lot of energy as well as most of the side activities she does.
To recover, she normally goes outside for a walk, as long as her body allows her to do so. Walking is one of the only activities which changes the orange peaks into green ones.
Although she is aware of it, it is sometimes bizarre for her, as she said: “I knew that most of my activities are quite stressful, but I was still surprised to see it confirmed in the monitoring results”.
Where does your energy go to?
Pregnant women have a higher heart rate since more blood circulates through their body, but this does not explain the higher orange peaks in Lotte’s results. As her baseline is higher, she has to spend more mental energy when performing a task. This is clearly visible in this graph where you see some high orange peaks.
Lotte finds the monthly overview and the mental/physical graphs in the app very valuable. “Especially the fact that the “mental graph” is not available in other personal lifestyle apps makes Mindstretch unique” she explained. The monthly overview gives her a clear picture on how her energy use evolves over time. She keeps this overview in mind to adapt her lifestyle and even if she wouldn’t be pregnant, she would do so.
Monitoring stress levels to relax
Next to these features, Lotte found “labelling” very important. In the newest version of the app, the user can enter a label – what were you doing/how were you feeling – on the watch itself, which makes it really fast and easy to do.
Good labelling when high peaks occur is indeed necessary to get the most out of the advice because the better the system learns about your daily patterns/stressors, the more personalised the advice will be.
Happy moments will boost your energy
We hope that Lotte’s last pregnancy weeks will go well and wish her all the best with her first child. Together with her, we are very curious to see which impact the baby will have on her monitoring results with Mindstretch.