Many doctors recommend kick counting as a way to monitor one’s baby’s health in the third trimester. Scientific studies indicate kick counting, a daily record of a baby’s movements including kicks, rolls, punches, jabs- during the third trimester, is an easy, free and reliable way to monitor a baby’s well-being in addition to regular prenatal cares.
Importance of Kick Counting
Counting and tracking baby’s movement helps a mother get to know her baby’s habits and patterns—and sense when something might be off. Letting one’s doctor know if baby is moving significantly more or less than usual will help her to address any issues and take action if baby’s in distress. In other words, it’s something a mother can do all of her own to keep her baby safe. Not only that, but getting in tune with baby’s movements is a great way to start the bonding process.
Use of baby kick counter app
When a mom-to-be starts her 3rd trimester, it’s time to start counting. Here’s the steps to do it:
- Download the FREE baby kick counter app.
- Count baby’s kick every day, preferably at the same time.
- Pick a time based on when one’s baby is usually active.
- To get started, sit with feet up or lie on side. Count each of one’s baby’s movements as one kick and tap the foot on our app until reach ten movements. After a few days expectant will begin to see a pattern for her baby’s movement.
- Most of the time it will take less than half an hour, but it could take as long as two hours.
- Save one’s kick counting sessions in the app to see her baby’s movement history and this can be useful for visits with her provider.
- Knowing what is a normal movement pattern for one’s baby is a key. When normal pattern changes, this could be a sign of potential problems and an indication to call her provider.
- The app will automatically record the amount of time it took to get 10 movements, or one can log her times into a downloadable Count the Kicks chart.
Tips to remember
Set aside some time for kick counts every day, and try for use the same time each day when baby tends to be most active. That tends to be after meals, in the evening or if she has just had some sugar. If the movements seem slow to start, try lying on one’s left side—this increases blood flow, which helps get baby moving. She might also coax baby into wiggling by drinking something sweet, like a glass of juice or milk.
It can become easy to expect an exact amount of time every time a mother does her kick counts. However, there may be a wide range of time differences. So remember to look for significant deviations from the regular pattern over the course of a few days. Rather than kick counter app, one can use kick counter wristband too, available in-store or online shopping mart.