Thanks to dedicated apps in the market, New-age for moms-to-be


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.

 Explaining the importance, Dr Pratibha, who is an advisor for the `Doc N Me’ app, said it is a simple interface to record these movements made by the foetus.”Patients are asked to stop recording after 10 movements,” she added. The same principle is also encouraged by `countthekicks’ app, available for download in both desktop and android format from the website http:www.count with educational videos.

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 .”

 But, it goes on to add that “in the absence of 10 clear movements in 2 hours, additional evaluation is warranted.”
 But, when is the best time to record the counts? “Generally, the baby kicks are mostly felt in the afternoons or evenings, when mothers are lying down. If unsure, whether baby movements are reduced or not, they should lie down on the left side and focus on the same movements at least for two hours,” said Dr T Andal Reddy, consultant obstetrician & gynaecologist, Continental Hospitals, adding that they use doppler in hospital to see foetal heart rate. However, she warned expectant mothers to rush to the hospital immediately if they do not feel ten or more movements within 2 hours.

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