Ready to get all the most up-to-date, science-based, relevant pregnancy information? To find the Clue Pregnancy mode, click on the three dots next to Your current cycle at the top of your screen in the Clue app to see where to change your life stage to pregnancy.
The Clue Pregnancy mode is available to subscribers of Clue Plus. Subscribers help ensure that every person who uses Clue has access to important reproductive health information and tools. Subscriptions also help keep Clue sustainable and committed to never selling your data. With the money from Clue Plus subscriptions, we’ve been able to work with researchers and scientists to discover new knowledge about reproductive health.
Why did we create the Clue Pregnancy mode? Well, firstly we’ve had thousands of people who use Clue request that we add pregnancy tracking to the app. Pregnancy and postpartum are big life stages for many women and people with cycles, and we wanted to help you learn about the changes you’ll go through. About 75% of pregnant people use a pregnancy app daily during their pregnancy (1), but most pregnancy apps are created by people who aren’t healthcare providers or pregnancy experts (2). Likewise, the majority of pregnancy apps aren’t science-based (3).
The Clue Pregnancy mode is purposely different. It is based on science and was created by a team of expert writers, editors, and fact checkers who include healthcare providers like certified obstetrician-gynecologists (OB/GYNs and Reproductive Endocrinologists and Infertility Specialists), Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs), women’s health nurse practitioners (WHNPs), registered nurses (RNs), lactation consultants, and doulas. It doesn’t rely on old gender stereotypes and presents information in a fresh, gender neutral format.
Most women prefer information directly from their midwife over other sources (4). We aimed to create an app that would bring the midwife (and other healthcare providers) to your fingertips. The information you receive about pregnancy has the potential to influence your health decisions (5), so it’s important that it’s accurate. This information is not meant to replace the care of your provider, but rather to make sure you feel empowered during your pregnancy.
Here are the hows and whys of creating the Clue Pregnancy mode.
What’s included in the Clue Pregnancy mode?
The Clue Pregnancy mode breaks down all the information you need to know about pregnancy, in an easy-to-digest, trimester format. You can read about how you and your fetus are changing as your pregnancy progresses. You can also learn what’s happening in your body, from which hormones are shifting, to which organs and systems are changing, to what tests to expect at your next appointment. You’ll get weekly highlights to update you on your developing fetus, including typical length, weight, and developmental milestones. You also get expanded content week-to-week that walks you through your body’s weekly changes and fetal development.
If you're already using Clue, you are likely familiar with the tracking categories available in the app. The Clue Pregnancy mode has the tracking categories you love, plus additional categories designed especially for pregnancy. You might be interested in tracking your body's changes, like increased smell, taste, orgasms, and pregnancy glow. You can also track the ways you're not feeling like yourself—if you're vomiting, have changes in your appetite, aversions, cravings, or heartburn. There’s space to track the aches and pains of pregnancy, like achy breasts, round ligament pain, or frequent urination. You can track the exciting moments, too, like feeling fetal movement or bonding with your fetus.
Use the feature to keep track of important changes you need to share with your healthcare provider, like your blood pressure, itchy skin, swelling, and sleep quality. Think of tracking in the Clue Pregnancy mode like a pregnancy journal on your phone.
The Clue Pregnancy mode is for people of all genders
The Pregnancy mode was designed to include all pregnant people. Some people who don’t identify as women are capable of becoming pregnant and birthing (6). We recognize that pregnancy as a gender non-conforming or trans person may be a dysphoric time, especially when many pregnancy providers do not have adequate training on trans pregnancy.
We use gender inclusive language to reduce the possibility of dysphoria as much as possible. In the mode, you’ll see mentions of “people who are pregnant” and “women and pregnant people,” because we are speaking to anyone who fits in these categories. You will also see the word “women” used where the research focuses specifically on people who identify as women.
Mental health in the Clue Pregnancy mode
Perinatal mood and affect disorders (PMADs) are the most common complication of pregnancy, impacting about 20-25% of pregnant and postpartum people. This rate is two times higher than the prevalence of depression in women in general (7). PMADs include depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and psychosis. About half of people who experience postpartum depression go undiagnosed (8). Although PMAD screening is recommended during and after pregnancy, many people aren’t screened at every visit (9).
We include information on mood throughout the feature to help you check in with yourself and encourage you to seek mood support from your healthcare provider, partners, and friends.
Postpartum and the Clue Pregnancy mode
The Pregnancy mode currently walks you through each week of pregnancy and the first six weeks postpartum. You’ll find information about your body’s recovery from pregnancy and birth, as well as tips for emotional wellbeing in the transition to parenthood. We’ve also outlined important milestones for your newborn and information to assist you with breastfeeding/chest feeding.
You can also track important body and mind changes like postpartum bleeding, mood, pain, milk production, and breast changes.
We recognize that postpartum extends for the first year after birth, and we are working to expand the postpartum experience through one year.
Other pregnancy outcomes in the Clue Pregnancy mode
About three quarters of pregnancy apps don’t account for any type of pregnancy loss (10).
We know that pregnancy can be a scary time for pregnant people worried about miscarriage. But not including miscarriage in conversations about pregnancy doesn’t make the worry of it disappear.
First trimester miscarriage occurs in about 10-25% of recognized pregnancies (11, 12). About 80% of miscarriages happen in the first trimester (13). Miscarriages usually happen due to a chromosomal abnormality in the fetus and become more common as a pregnant person ages (11). If you happen to experience miscarriage, we want you to have the information you need.
Stillbirth is defined as the loss of a pregnancy at 20 weeks or greater, and is a common outcome of pregnancy impacting about 1 in 100 pregnancies (14). Pregnant people who experience stillbirth still have needs related to their pregnancies, including postpartum care.
You’ll see information about both miscarriage and stillbirth in the Pregnancy mode. If you happen to experience one of these events, we want you to have the information you need.
Why include abortion in a pregnancy app? Each year in the USA alone, over 600,000 people experience abortion (15). About 78% of all abortions occur before 9 weeks of pregnancy, and about 92% occur by week 14 (15). Many people who become pregnant are not sure they want to parent—some don’t want to parent at all. Abortion is a common outcome of pregnancy. Abortion is also an outcome when individuals have pregnancies with conditions that are diagnosed in the course of their prenatal care (16). We provide important information about abortion, what it might look like for you, and when you need to make a decision.
The Pregnancy mode for all pregnant people
The Clue Pregnancy mode was created with ALL pregnant people in mind. We can’t wait to hear what you think of it and how it supports your pregnancy experience. It is currently available in English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, French and Danish. You can find out more about pregnancy and the Clue Pregnancy mode on our Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.
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