Katie Simms

I was around 5-6 months pregnant with my first son, Jack when I first started feeling proper movements and it was amazing. The thing is, with the whole pregnancy, I didn't take it easy at all, I didn't really relax and when I was at work 5 days a week I was so preoccupied I never really took notice of my movements or any developing pattern. For this reason, I went in for reduced movements a few times (after being referred by my midwife too). When I was 39 weeks pregnant and not even starting my maternity leave, I had another weekend of reduced movements which was partly the reason why I was induced. It was just all so hectic and I never really got to enjoy the pregnancy and this was my fault for not taking a few minutes every day to just monitor my movements.

That is why, now I am pregnant with my second, I am so keen to promote how important Kicks Count is. With the periods of reduced movement I had with my first, these could have been so so serious. I want to help to spread the word out to the millions of pregnant women that they should take a few moments every day to relax, pick up a regular pattern of baby's movements and if there is any, even just a tiny hint that something is different or may be wrong to try and get baby moving or go and get checked out.

With the help of Cheeki Monkeys North Coventry (which I am Events Organiser for) I aim to try and raise £500 over the whole of 2019. I really hope you can help me to raise this small amount for a great cause.

Katie Simms