New app tests your baby IQ
Updated: Friday, March 29 2013, 09:09 AM EDT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Maybe you know your IQ, but have you ever tested your “Baby-Q?”
If you're pregnant, thinking about getting pregnant, or know someone who is, you may want to check out a free smartphone app designed by two Grand Rapids doctors.
BabyQ allows expecting moms determine their pregnancy IQ or “babyQ” and learn which lifestyle habits may need to be improved upon in order to have a healthy pregnancy.
The idea came about several years ago, when Doctor Mark Gostine found out his daughter Emily Brann was pregnant with his first grandchild.
He wanted to help out in the best way he knew how.
Brann recalls, “He would email me articles, highlight little tips on them, send me a little summary and even text me. I had some friends who were also pregnant at the same time I was and they were constantly asking me, ‘What does your dad think about this? Can you ask your dad this?’”
The constant flow of questions inspired Dr. Gostine to get together with Dr. Gareth Forde, to come up with a quick, easy way to help pregnant women all over the country.
The two doctors used their own research, a study they had done on nearly 40,000 pregnancies in West Michigan, to develop a short survey, the basis of babyQ. They also compiled data from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the World Health Organization.
The babyQ survey takes about two minutes to complete.
After logging in to the app, babyQ asks 22 simple questions, things like, “How often do you exercise? How much do you sleep? Do you take prenatal supplements?”
Then babyQ does some quick calculations and scores the user on a scale of 0 to 100.
“Zero-40 needs a lot of improvement, 40-60 is average, 60-80 is good and 80 is excellent,” says Dr. Gostine. “So young women then have a number they have to shoot for to improve their health and their pregnancy.”
If you’re not happy with your score, the app gives out tips customized to the user to help improve it.
“It looks at where there may be deficiencies in their lifestyles and immediately tells them: here's the top three things you need to do. And we give them one daily message and a tip right to their phone that tells them how best to accomplish that.”
For women like Brann, who's now pregnant again, the little app lifts a big burden.
“There’s so much anxiety and questions and unknowns for nine months as to what you're doing and how this is going to affect your baby,” Brann notes. “I feel so much more confident this pregnancy having these daily reminders.”
Since babyQ launched in November, thousands of people in 21 countries already use it.
BabyQ is a free app and is currently available on the iPhone. An Android version will be released this summer. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can also use babyQ online.
For more information on babyQ or to download the app, click here: http://babyq.com/