14. Women's Health Tracking
To help you feel even more in control of your health, the Garmin Connect app offers you a way to track and monitor your cycle—including regular, irregular, menopause transition, or pregnancy. This can be found in the Health Stats menu under Menstrual Cycle/Pregnancy.
As you track, you’ll tune into patterns and trends that can help you make mindful choices for your health and easily share with your health provider, if you choose.
Once you’ve set up the feature in Garmin Connect, you can also view cycle information right on your wrist via the free app from Garmin's Connect IQ Store.
Menstrual Cycle Tracking
If your cycle is regular or irregular, you’ll have the ability to log periods and symptoms (mood, physical symptoms, etc.) while receiving guidance based around nutrition, fitness, and general health throughout the different phases of your menstrual cycle. You’ll also be able to view period and fertility window predictions alongside your other stats in Garmin Connect.
A typical menstrual cycle is broken down into 4 phases. Garmin Connect will display your current cycle’s phases and predict where you are in the cycle. Predictions are based on previous completed cycles you’ve logged.
- Phase 1: Menstruation
- Phase 2: Follicular
- Phase 3: Ovulation
- Phase 4: Luteal
If you don’t have a period, you can select the No Period cycle type and still track symptoms to help you better understand your body and your cycle’s rhythm. This can be helpful if you have polycystic ovary syndrome or similar conditions, are using certain types of contraception to alter your menstrual cycle, are breastfeeding, are experiencing menopause, or other reasons.
If you’re currently pregnant, you can select Pregnant as your cycle type in the Women’s Health settings. This will pause your cycle predictions (if you’re currently tracking your menstrual cycle). This includes displaying your baby’s gestational age and size, providing weekly education relating to exercise and nutrition during pregnancy, and offering even more logging options from the other cycle types.
Logging and Reminder Options
Your symptoms and logging needs may change as your pregnancy progresses, and that’s where the variety of logging options can become handy. This feature offers the following:
- A variety of logging categories, including mood, discharge, pregnancy-specific symptoms and more
- The ability to manually track your baby’s movement, including kicks and hiccups
- The ability to manually enter blood glucose levels (if diagnosed with gestational diabetes) throughout the day
You can also set up customized reminders to help you keep track of hydration goals or remind you to practice your Kegels.
Weight Gain Goals
If you’re interested in tracking your weight gain throughout your pregnancy, you can turn on the Weight Gain Goal feature in Women’s Health settings to receive a weight range that changes weekly as your pregnancy progresses. The recommendations are based on U.S. national guidelines.