Thursday, August 21, 2008

Count Your Kicks!

These days, there are so many great products available to pregnant women for them to have a happy and healthy pregnancy.  One product I have been hearing a lot of good things about is the KickTrak baby kick counter.  Kick counting is recommended by the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and the American Pregnancy Association as a way of monitoring your baby's health before they are born.  Decreased fetal movement is associated with preterm labor, stillbirth, and growth problems, so it is very important to make sure that little guy or girl is moving around in there!

The KickTrak was designed by an obstetrician to be a safe, non-invasive device to keep a reliable record of your baby's movements.  No more worrying about writing anything down!  It will count and time your baby's movements, store and recall your last 10 sessions, track your progress, count down the days of your pregnancy, and even time your contractions during labor.  

How to keep track of your baby's movements (can be done without the KickTrack but made much easier if you use one!)
Beginning around 24 to 28 weeks...
First choose the time of day when your baby is most active.  Record each time your baby moves including jabs, kicks, rolls, twists and turns.  Healthy babies generally move 10 times in 2 hours, however most will move 10 times in 30 minutes.  If you notice any changes in your baby's movement patterns, speak with your doctor.

Counting kicks helps many moms-to-be feel empowered toward ensuring a safe and healthy pregnancy.  You can get more information about kick counting here or to purchase a KickTrak counter go to their website.  


Amanda said...

This is EXTREMELY important. A friend of mine lost her baby at 29 weeks..she noticed one day that his movement had ceased and went in to find out he was gone. A 100% normal baby. She can't stress how important this is to keep up with. She works for my OBGYN and hopes her story creates awareness in others to take this monitoring serious.

Danielle said...

are you trying to make me more neurotic!!!!!!!!!! Eliza did not move that much and it made me crazy stressed. hence the belly beats doppler thingy I had on hand.

Darrin said...

This is SO awesome! My wife and I may have very well averted an awful tragedy many years ago if we had one of these. Truly a wonderful product. Thank you for posting about this!