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September 6, 2012 7:51 AM
I am 33 weeks pregnant. I just got my fitbit for my birthday. I mainly wanted it for use for after I have the baby and hence will be actively trying to lose the baby weight, but I figured I would go ahead and start using it to see how it works and to help keep extra pounds from piling on the next 7 weeks. When I set up my fitbit profile there was an option for pregnancy 3rd trimester, so of course I picked that. Does fitibit automatically give you the extra 300 calories needed for 3rd trimester? If not, then what does it use this information for? I do not see that anywhere. I've only been using it for 5 days but so far it is showing roughly the same calorie allowment i've already been giving myself on mfp (which I based on my body media fit experiment last year, not what mfp gave me).
September 6, 2012 9:12 AM
I don't know, I always assumed it adds to your bmr or adds some calories on top. I've never seen any confirmation of what it does though. But since it excludes first trimester and also includes breast feeding it seems likely that is what it is doing (though I thought you needed the 300 extra during the first trimester too?). Congratulations!
September 6, 2012 9:24 AM
Hi Kerrbear!

I'm pregnant too! I'm currently in my 2nd trimester and I had the exact same question when I clicked on the "2nd trimester" option. I personally contacted FitBit Customer Service to find out.
They told me that for now, FitBit doesn't adjust your caloric needs if you click the 2nd or 3rd trimester option, but that they plan on enhancing this option in the future. So basically for now, the button is there, but it doesn't do anything.

Good luck with your pregnancy! I'm currently 18 weeks pregnant :)
September 6, 2012 10:15 AM
snowgrrl83------THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!! That is exactly what I needed to know. Good luck with your pregnancy as well. =)

Kimsied-----Thanks for responding as well. Looks like we got the answer (above) since she contacted customer service personally. And no you eat just at maintenance for the 1st trimester and don't increase until 2nd. Doctors might tell patients different things depending on the person, but that is the general guideline. However I ate a little over maintenance my 1st trimester because I was absolutely ravenous! And thanks!

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