Kicks Count! The Importance of Monitoring Your Baby's Movement in Pregnancy

If you've ever been pregnant, you know how special it is to feel baby's first movement. I remember my experience well: I had just gotten situated on the table in my doctor's office when I felt a semi-ambiguous flutter under my navel that I sensed was the start of many somersaults to come in my pregnancy. It's totally surreal!

But feeling those kicks and movements are far from just fun thrills for mom—they're also a super important way to monitor (and protect) your developing baby.

To that end, the nonprofit First Candle (which has the aim to support healthy pregnancies and help babies thrive) and product company Boppy have partnered together to promote overall pregnancy health—and, specifically, the importance of fetal movement monitoring—by way of a new "Pregnant and Empowered" website, brochure, and other helpful info.

These tools help promote the organization's Kicks Count! campaign, meant to be a proactive strategy that can educate expectant moms about how they can play a role in monitoring their baby's health by being vigilant about fetal movement; that awareness can help prevent stillbirth.

Among the tools available is a downloadable counting chart that helps you easily check the box that corresponds with the number of minutes it takes for you to feel 10 kicks. Use it every day beginning at week 28, and share it with your doctor on each visit.

These new tools can help you make sure you continue to feel baby's important (and yes, exciting, too!) kicks and movements—and help ensure that you both progress toward a safe, healthy delivery day.

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She's also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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