Richmond, Virginia - HCA Virginia is now offering a new and interactive skill called "40 Weeks", which is intended to answer pregnancy-related questions for users.
Available through Amazon Alexa, the "40 Weeks" skill provides information on the most frequently asked questions from expecting moms and new parents. "40 Weeks" is the first pregnancy-related Alexa skill offered by a health system.
Christie Wheeler, 33, of Henrico, has used the "40 Weeks" skill and is currently expecting her second child. She says that while she has not been a regular user of other well-known pregnancy apps, she feels the "40 Weeks" skill is convenient when looking for answers to common pregnancy questions or other things about the experience a person may have forgotten about.
"It's something that is extremely easy to use when you have a quick question," said Wheeler. "It's an additional resource to use and one that makes it easier than sitting and searching for information."
Some topics include trying to get pregnant, infertility, and others that moms-to-be may be embarrassed to ask. The skill also includes a tip of the day with pregnancy-related trivia.
The skill directs users to the site Nopregnancyisperfect.com, where they have the ability to view stories from other parents on their pregnancy-related experiences.