Husband shocked to discover reason behind his wife's 'broken' Fitbit

By Kirstin Buick
11 February 2016

Her exasperated husband turned to the Internet for answers. But he had no idea what he was getting into.

Ivonne Trinidad's Fitbit Charge HR seemed to be acting up.

According to the fitness tracker, Ivonne seemed to constantly be in what the device calls 'the fat-burning zone', in which one's heart beats at 60-70% of its maximum rate.

In one day, she'd logged an incredible 10 hours in this elevated zone, without doing any extra exercise. Not possible, right? Exasperated with the device, her husband David turned to Reddit for answers.

"I'm not sure if something is wrong with the sensor," he wrote on the message board-like forum.

"Is there a way to reset or recalibrate the device? I'd like to try that before I contact customer service about a possible replacement."

It wasn't long before another Reddit user pointed out it there may actually be nothing wrong with the Fitbit at all.

"Has she experienced anything really stressful in the last few days," ThisIsUnplesant asked, "Or is it a possibility she is pregnant?"

David was shocked. "Pregancy [sic.] is a strong possibility, didnt know that would jack up the heart rate!" he replied.

"I might be a dad, YIKES. Now i gotta watch my own heart rate lol."

He whisked his wife off to visit the doctor.

Sure enough, Ivonne was expecting their first child. "We’ve been married for a few years now, and one of our plans for 2016 was to hopefully start a family," David told Mashable. "But the big surprise was that it happened so soon, and of course, that the Fitbit helped us to figure it out."

Here is the pic of the screen that started it all! Mom and baby are doing ok. Spoke to the doctor yesterday.

A photo posted by David & Ivonne (@babyfitbit) on

Since their story has gone viral, David was quick to reassure his friends online that it wasn't just some clever marketing scheme for the fitness tracking company.

“I just wanted to say this is indeed real,” David later wrote on the thread.

“This is not guerrilla marketing. ... I am a regular guy who was just looking for the communities (sic) help with his wife’s technology issue (we’ve all been there, right?). Little did I know I got a lot more than I bargained for!”

Naturally, the couple want to keep the world in the loop and have set up both Instagram and Twitter accounts to broadcast their baby business, under the handle @babyfitbit.

Let's hope they rethink that name before Ivonne gives birth.

Sources: Mashable, Jezebel, Buzzfeed

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