Monitoring fetal movements is an essential method of ensuring the health of the developing fetus. At 18-20 weeks of pregnancy, the fetus can begin kicking, swooshing, punching, flipping or turning. Rapid management of drastic changes in fetal movement can prevent stillbirths and deaths in infancy. The movements reflect the vascular state of the infant, and are an important indicator of overall well-being. (1)
Count the Kicks, a project of Healthy Birth Day out of Iowa, is a free App that enables a mother to record a child's movement and chart it over time. The program works by choosing a daily time for recording, usually after a snack or meal. After specific positioning, the mother records the amount of time for 10 kicks/fetal movements to be reached.