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Fetal Kick Counts
Feeling your baby kick is exciting; not feeling movements for prolonged periods is worrying. The Kick Count is an easy test you can do at home to check your baby's well-being. The idea is to make sure you baby is moving around enough. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that you feel your baby move at least 10 times within a 2 hour time period. Most likely you will feel 10 movements in much less time. Kick counts are strongly recommended for high risk pregnancies but are beneficial to all pregnancies. Remember, your baby will normally have periods when he/she is asleep, sometimes lasting as long as 4 hours; however, the period should not exceed 4 hours.
When will I feel movement?
Sometime between 18 and 20 weeks into your pregnancy, you will begin to feel your baby move. Most mothers-to-be eagerly await that first reassuring flutter just to know their baby is growing and developing.
When should I begin kick counts?
You should start counting your baby's movements daily around 28-30 weeks and continue until delivery.
How do I do the kick count?
You may want to start a notebook or use a fetal kick chart. You will record the time you start, place a check mark every time you feel your baby move and record the time you feel your baby's 10th movement. This will help you observe you baby's movement patterns and discover how long it takes you baby to move 10 times. Keep in mind you are looking for significant differences from the normal pattern.
When to do the kick count?
When you are doing normal activities, you may not fee the baby kick as well. Start the kick count when you can sit still for a while.
What is the best time and position to count the kicks?
You should have a meal or a snack before starting as food often makes your baby more active. You may also try a few minutes of exercise or take a brisk walk. Some moms prefer sitting with a good back rest and their arms holding their belly. Other moms prefer lying on their left side. Lying of your left side allows for the best circulation which could lead to a more active baby. Be sure you have a clock/watch and note what time you start.
When should I call my doctor?
If you have followed the above recommendations and have not felt 10 kicks by the end of the second hour, drink some water or juice and repeat the above instructions. If after trying a second time you still do not feel 10 movements within a 2 hour period, you should contact your doctor's office..