Monitoring Baby Just Got Easier! Doctors will help you monitor baby’s health while in the womb and this is so important! But, there are some self-monitoring things you can do too. Keep Reading…
Having regular, prenatal checkups with your primary caregiver is a great way to put your mind at ease that baby is healthy. Find a doctor you like and stick with him and her to get the best care possible.
During pregnancy, regular checkups are very important. This consistent care can help keep you and your baby healthy, spot problems if they occur, and prevent problems during delivery. Typically, routine checkups occur:
- Once each month for weeks four through 28
- Twice a month for weeks 28 through 36
- Weekly for weeks 36 to birth
In addition, here are some ways you can self-monitor you and baby…
Listen To Your Baby’s Heartbeat From Home With This App…
50 million heartbeats…
The app looks to be quite successful and for good reason. TechCrunch,
By all appearances, it’s a simple and relatively affordable way for women to stay in touch with their bodies, babies, family, and friends during a very special time in their lives. When you see it in action, it’s no surprise that Bellabeat’s concept is a hit…
The Bellabeat App allows you to see your baby’s heartbeat right on your smartphone. You can even send the audio recording to friends and family.
Monitoring Baby Kick Counts
Moms-to-Be often find that babies are extra active during certain times or after certain activities from drinking something cold to exercise. And, between certain times. Taking a few moments to count your baby’s kicks during these times can help you bond with baby and lower stress.
The counts will be different as different babies have different activities levels, but here is a general rule via the American Pregnancy Association,
There are numerous ways to count your baby’s movements and numerous opinions on how many movements you are looking for within a certain amount of time. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that you time how long it takes you to feel 10 kicks, flutters, swishes, or rolls. Ideally, you want to feel at least 10 movements within 2 hours. You will likely feel 10 movements in less time than that. ~AmericanPregnancy.org
You can then track kicks by amount, date, time duration. If you watched the Bellabeat video, you know the app also always you to track baby’s kicks in addition to his or her heartbeat.
Wishing you the healthiest of pregnancies!
Need ideas on what to ask your doctor, read our article “12 Questions you’re too scared to ask your doctor when pregnant“