This story was originally published on NBCNewYork.com on Feb. 11, 2016
A Brooklyn man learned a surprising bit of data while trying to troubleshoot what he thought was a problem with his wife’s Fitbit: they were going to be parents.
David Trinidad said he and his wife, Ivonne, had both recently gotten Fitbits with heart rate monitors and were using them to stay in shape. One day his wife mentioned that she thought something was wrong with her device, so he took a look.
Trinidad said his wife’s heart rate was above 100 beats per minute for most of the day and that the device had indicated she had been burning fat for an unusually long 10 hours.
“That’s almost impossible,” he said. “I thought something was wrong with the watch.”
So the 34-year-old went to a Fitbit page on Reddit and outlined his issues, trying to get a fix for the device before sending it back to customer service.
It wasn’t long before one user offered up an explanation, saying maybe his wife was pregnant.
“Has she experienced anything really stressful in the last few days or is it a possibility she is pregnant?” the user said.
The father-to-be said that as soon as he saw the reply, “That’s when the light bulb went off.” He said the pair had been trying to get pregnant for a couple months.
Trinidad said he called his wife and told her to pick up some pregnancy tests on her way home from work. Every test came back positive.
Afterward, they were quick to share the news with their family and on social media, creating @babyfitbit Twitter and Instagram accounts for the little one.
“We’re happy, the grandparents are very happy,” he said. “It’s just been great. Friends and family support us, there’s been tons of support online which has been really unexpected.