In February 2016, David took to Reddit to ask for help fixing his wife’s Fitbit Smartwatch.


In a forum dedicated to Fitbit users, David posted the strange data his wife’s Fitbit was recording:

My wife’s fitbit is showing her heartbeat being consistently high over the last few days. 2 days ago, a somewhat normal day, she logged 10 hours in the fat burning zone, which i would think to be impossible based on her activity level. Also her calories burned do seem accurate. I would imagine if she was in the the fat burning zone she would burn a ton of calories, so its not lining up.

As Independent Journal Review previously reported in 2016, David was bombarded by comments over his wife’s “wonky reading” but one piece of advice stood out above the rest.

ThatwasunpleasantCharge asked:

Has she experienced anything really stressful in the last few days or is it a possibility she is pregnant?

As it turned out David and his wife, Ivonne, had started trying for a baby a few months prior. Ivonne was pregnant but didn’t know it yet.


David told BuzzFeed News at the time:

“I knew [pregnancy] was a possibility at any point.”

What David and Ivonne had perceived as a “defect” in the watch was actually an indication Ivonne was expecting. After reading the pregnancy comment on Reddit, David advised his wife take a pregnancy test — which came back positive.


Doctor Mary Jane Minkin told BuzzFeed News Ivonne’s heart rate was up likely because her temperature was elevated, as well:

“It would make sense that [she] only noticed the heart rate increase, since most people don’t frequently take their temperature.”

Minkin added that large increases in heart rate are possible but don’t usually occur until later in pregnancy. David was stunned by the correlation between the two:

“I never even knew that was a legitimate symptom.”

Almost two years since David and Ivonne found out they were due to have a baby from a fitness tracker, the parents have shared what life is like since welcoming their “fitbit baby” into the world.


Baby Valerie was born October 2016, and the family of three couldn’t look happier.


David has said he looks forward to the day he can tell his daughter about how mom and dad learned they were going to have a baby. As he told BuzzFeed News: “It’s definitely a great story to tell [the baby] one day about how it happened…”

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