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Kick counter: A helpful tool for the expectant

When you are pregnant, every little thing seems to matter. One of the most important and joyous occasions in that flutter in the stomach that indicates your baby is kicking. Moreover, kicking of the baby denotes good prenatal health. Many doctors suggest that mothers should start counting the number of kicks in order to monitor their babies’ health, specifically in the third trimester. In fact, it is popularly declared as a result of many scientific studies that kick counting and daily observation of all the movements a baby makes during the third trimester is quite effective, free of cost and simple method of overseeing the fetus’ growth along with the timely checkups.

For first-time mothers, it may be difficult to distinguish between gas and kicks but in a while, you might notice a pattern. You become aware of your baby’s cycles and what triggers the kicks and other activity. If a mother is attentive to her baby’s kicks, she will be able to notice if any major changes occur. A period of the day must be set aside for this job alone, especially when the baby is active to count all physical activities. These may include kicks along with jabs, rolls and swishes. This task not only helps you identify if any problems arise but also can potentially prevent stillbirth. Counting kicks is strongly recommended for high-risk pregnancies but all pregnancies can benefit from counting fetal movements.

Taking time out specifically to count the kicks will give your body the required rest. It is also a simple act of bonding with the baby. It is essential to find a comfortable position, preferably during the time you know the baby is active. The position that most moms find effective is lying on their left side. This act is comfortable as well as promotes blood circulation which increases the activity the baby does. While the kicks and other movements usually occur when the baby is most active, there are a few more subtle triggers for this fetal movement. Eating a meal or something sweet or drinking something cold may trigger the kicks.

Counting kicks physically may be a little difficult and it is easy to lose track of the count. For that purpose, we have a baby kick counter. It is extremely user-friendly and simple to operate. Pregnant women can use this tool in their final trimester to count the kicks to monitor the health condition of the fetus. It is available both on the computer and as a phone application. All one needs to do is get into a comfortable position, preferably lying on the left side with the application ready. Once you are ready, you simply have to switch on the timer on the app and keep clicking the screen every time you feel a kick. The baby kick counter is very straightforward and intuitive. Another tool is the kick counter wristband that helps mothers track the kicks. Mostly made of silicon, this tool is a wristband that helps you count your baby’s kicks.

By counting the kicks, you have a fair idea of the baby’s activity schedule and can identify the difference when it is not the same. If the baby has not kicked 10 times by the end of two hours, you should try again after a few hours. If it happens again, you must reach out to maternity health professional.                  

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