February 11, 2008 The American Pregnancy Organization recommends that mothers-to- be pay close attention to the inter-uterine movements, rolls and kicks of their unborn child, as this is a good indication that all is well with their baby. If fetal movement changes significantly or there are less than ten movements within two hours it could be an indication of problems. Many obstetricians recommend daily monitoring, particularly from 26 weeks and there is good reason to do so, as stillbirths claim a shocking 70 lives per day in the United States.
Kick count is the term used to describe maternal counting and monitoring of fetal movements. It is recognized that it is a reliable and effective way to safely keep a close check on baby. Until now, kick-counting meant that mothers had to sit with pen and paper in hand to time their baby’s movements for a period of ten kicks, record the results and then compare the details with the previous timed periods. This is no easy task and most mothers can tell you about “pregnancy brain”, the total inability to concentrate on anything for more than a few minutes. Now they won’t need to, kickTrak is a handheld digital monitor which offers an innovative and easy solution to kick counting.
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As a non-invasive record-keeping device, mothers can use to safely track their baby’s movements using the device. Used once a day, at a time when baby is usually most active, the kickTrak will count the baby’s movements for you. Each time junior kicks, rolls or flutters, you simply click the large Kick button, the elapsed time will show and the little feet icons show the number of kicks you have entered. The kickTrak reliably records the movements for ten kicks and when the session is over “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” plays, letting you know that the session is over. KickTrak also keeps a record of the last ten timed sessions so you can quickly compare them to make sure all is well with baby. When ten memory sessions are recorded the kickTrak will replace the earliest session so your information will be up-to-date. It is also easy to delete a session, you hold down both the large Kick and the small Mode buttons for approximately three seconds, until you hear a beep. This will erase your current information (kick count session in progress) while maintaining all your stored information in memory.
From day one, the kickTrak can track the progress of your pregnancy and counts down the last 99 days until junior arrives. No more vague looks when someone asks how long until you’re due! You’ll even be able to take the kickTrak to the hospital with you and use it to time your labor contractions.
kickTrak was designed by an Diep Nguyen, M.D., FACOG, obstetrician, mother of three and founder of BabyTrack, the developer of kickTrak, who used four decades of scientific research which indicated that fetal movements were a sound indicator of baby’s health as a basis for developing kickTrak.
"The goal of kick counting is not to make moms anxious but to have it be a part of their daily prenatal care," says Dr. Nguyen. "Medical research supports the daily kick counting method as a simple, effective, harmless and reliable way to screen for fetal well-being to reduce the risk of stillbirth."
Daily monitoring also gives you time to bond with your baby and as the birth date gets closer, some much needed time to just sit, relax and have a well-earned rest. KickTrak is convenient, simple to use and at USD$39.95 is not a lot to pay for peace of mind.
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