The Count the Kicks App has New Features
We’re thrilled to introduce you to the latest version of the Count the Kicks app (4.4.0). This update includes new features designed to help expectant parents be even better in touch with their baby during the third trimester.
The app now includes a new strength feature to help expectant parents monitor the strength of their baby’s movements. Research shows paying attention to the strength of your baby’s movements is vital. After each kick counting session, app users will be asked to mark how strong their baby’s movement felt during that session on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being “fluttery” and 5 being “fierce.” If a baby’s movements become weaker, studies show this could be a sign of potential problems and expectant parents should alert their doctor.
“Listening to what your baby is telling you is a great way to improve your chances of a healthy birth. If you are ever worried, call your doctor and let them know your concerns,” said Dr. Ruth Fretts, MD, MPH, Count the Kicks Medical Advisory Board member and stillbirth researcher.
Also included in this update is a new notes feature, which allows app users to take notes about each day’s kick counting session. App users can now keep track of what they ate that day and where/how they did their kick counting session. They can also jot down questions for their next prenatal appointment or anything else they want to remember.
“Our app users have been asking us for the ability to take notes on each of their kick counting sessions. We’re excited to deliver this new feature to improve the experience for all of the Count the Kicks app users,” said Megan Aucutt, Program Director for Healthy Birth Day, Inc.
About the App
The free Count the Kicks app is available to download in 12 languages in the iOS and Google Play app stores. It provides expectant parents a simple, non-invasive way to monitor their baby’s well-being every day in the third trimester.
Since the mobile app launched in 2015, more than 160,000 expectant parents in all 50 states and more than 140 countries have relied on our app to get to know what’s normal for their baby. Other features include kick-counting history, daily reminders and the ability to count for single babies and twins.
We’re incredibly grateful for the generous support of Count the Kicks Ambassadors Jillian Wolley, Heather Johnston-Welliver, Danielle Barkley, and Emily McConnell for making these app updates possible through their fundraising efforts. Ohio Ambassador Heather Johnston Welliver organizes Lydie’s Loop: Steps Against Stillbirth each fall to increase awareness, support research, promote education, and encourage advocacy and family support regarding stillbirth. South Carolina Ambassadors Danielle Barkley and Emily McConnell organize Walk of Remembrance: Miles for Margaret, Lydia and All Babies Gone Too Soon each fall in South Carolina. Jillian Wolley has raised funds over several years in honor of her daughter Dorie.
We are grateful to them, and our entire ambassador team, for their ongoing support of Count the Kicks. Visit our Ambassador page to read more about this powerful team of kick counting advocates.
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