Thanks to dedicated apps in the market, new age mums-to-be in the city can now be at peace about keeping count of their babies’ kicks that help monitor the foetal growth of unborn children. Keeping a tab on the number and duration of baby kicks not just makes an expectant mother develop a bond with the growing baby in her womb, but also identify potential problems and reduce the risk of stillbirth, say experts.
While this task was, previously, done manually, new age moms have delegated the job -of keeping electronic record of baby kicks -to apps like ‘Doc N Me’ and ‘countthekicks’ (available in both desktop and app format) for easy sharing with doctors.
“It is very crucial that expectant mothers ‘bound for high-risk pregnancies’ set aside a little time everyday to monitor the movements made by their unborn babies when they are active in the womb. This goes a long way in helping identify potential problems and can help prevent stillbirth,” said Dr Pratibha Narayan from The Birthplace Hospital, Banjara Hills.
While advising expectant mothers to monitor feotal movements beginning at 28 weeks of pregnancy by understanding the rhythm and ability to sense any unusual patterns, she said it would benefit not just those with high-risk pregnancies but also other mums-to-be.
Those expectant mothers simultaneously battling risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes, multiple births, HIV , obesity, pregnancy at a very young (or very late age) or any chronic illness, may often face high risk pregnancies that put at threat the lives of both the mother and the unborn baby. Apps, therefore, can come as a life-saving option.
In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in its Guidelines for Perinatal Care, 6th Edition, 2007, gives a definite time-frame for expectant mothers to take note of the baby kicks. It reads: “The perception of 10 distinct movements in a period of up to 2 hours is considered reassuring. After 10 movements have been perceived, the count can be discontinued for that day .”