We know it's not always easy to keep track of your baby's movements, even though it's important. That's why, as part of our partnership with charity Kicks Count, we are now selling their award-winning wristbands to help you track movement episodes, making it easier to recognise a reduction or change.
Made from silicone, they help reduce worry and are available in two colours - and all the money raised goes directly to the charity to help fund their ongoing awareness campaign.
Using your Kicks Count band
The band can help you get you know YOUR baby’s pattern of movement. Remember, there is no standard quota of movement that all mums should feel. As you feel an episode of movement throughout the day move the plastic slider to the next number on the band.
At 26-28 weeks you should notice that you are moving the band the same amount of times each day. Yet, this varies, and it may be a little earlier or later for you. Take note of the times of day baby moves too, it’s a great point of reference for getting to know your baby’s pattern of awake and asleep times. Consider movement triggers too, does eating make your baby wriggle? or perhaps they dance when you lay down?
Report any change to normal to your Maternity Assessment Unit as soon as possible. They’re there to help you and your baby, don’t worry about calling them!
If you choose to breastfeed, the L and R (left and right) can be used as feeding reminders.
The band does not monitor your baby for you and is not a substitute for regular checks with your midwife