Your pregnancy is a special and exciting time, full of anticipation!
Everyday your baby is growing and changing inside your belly. Keeping him or her safe, when you can’t actually see what is going on, is probably one of your biggest concerns. There is a way to help you know if your baby is active and healthy. Counting and tracking your baby’s movements is a safe and very simple way to monitor the well-being of your baby everyday during the third trimester of low- and high-risk pregnancies. Significant changes in your baby’s movement patterns may help identify potential problems with your pregnancy before the baby's heart rate is affected. Kick Counting is recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and endorsed by leading perinatologists.
“There are not too many campaigns or community projects that actually have such an immediate potential to truly save lives, but in my medical opinion, this one does."
Neil Mandsager, MD Medical Director, Perinatal Center of Iowa Count the Kicks is an awareness campaign dedicated to educating expectant parents about the importance of counting their babies movements daily during the third trimester of pregnancy. The goal of Count the Kicks is to improve the chances of delivering a healthy baby and to reduce stillbirth rates, which occur in one out of every 160 pregnancies nationwide.
How to Count the Kicks
Dr. Johnson will walk us through how to Count the Kicks. Scientific studies indicate kick counting, a daily record of a baby's movements (kicks, rolls, punches, jabs) during the third trimester, is an easy, free and reliable way to monitor a baby's well-being in addition to regular prenatal visits. Counting kicks is recommended by the American College Of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
At the Capitol
Meet the Moms
Talk about courage! These five moms, who each lost babies to late-term stillbirth or infant death, launched Count the Kicks, a public health campaign developed to prevent late-term birth complications and stillbirths. Meet the women who banded together to help other parents avoid the same tragedy they had endured.