How to Count the Kicks

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When you start your third trimester, it’s time to start counting!

Pick a time each day to count ten kicks. Count the twists, jabs, pokes and flicks.

By doing this daily you’ll begin to see, What is normal for your baby.

See a pattern of movement that doesn’t seem right? Call your provider, day or night.

HERE’S HOW YOU DO IT:

- Count the Kicks every day, preferably at the same time. Be sure to use the Reminder feature on the Count the Kicks! app to help you to remember to count each day. 

- Pick your time based on when your baby is usually active.

- To get started, sit with your feet up or lie on your side. Count each of your baby’s movements as one kick and tap the foot on our app until you reach ten movements. After a few days you will begin to see a pattern for your baby (how long it takes you to get to ten).

- Most of the time it will take less than a half hour, according to research.

- Save your kick counting sessions in the app to see your baby’s movement history.

- Knowing what is a normal movement pattern for your baby is key. When “normal” changes, this could be a sign of potential problems and an indication to call your provider.

- Your kick counting history can be useful for visits with your provider.

The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends you begin counting kicks in your 28th week, or at 26 weeks if you are high risk or pregnant with multiples.

After a few weeks of counting, you may see a bit of variance from day to day in the results, but for the most part the kick counting patterns should be similar. This will continue to be the case for a healthy baby. Call your provider if you notice a change in your baby’s movement pattern.

If you do not feel ten movements during a two-hour counting period, call your provider immediately. If you are worried about your baby's movements for any reason, call your provider.

DON’T WAIT

Remember that all babies don’t slow down at the very end of pregnancy. Your normal kick count should remain normal throughout the duration of your pregnancy.

Make sure to count every day!

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 Congress Of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends you begin counting the kicks at your 28th week, or at 26 weeks if you are high risk or pregnant with multiples. 

After a few weeks of counting, you will probably see a bit of variance from day to day in the results, but for the most part the numbers should be similar. This will continue to be the case for a healthy baby—call your doctor if you notice a significant CHANGE in your baby’s movement pattern.

If you don’t feel 10 movements during your usual two-hour counting period, try to wake your baby up by drinking fluids, pushing on your tummy or taking a quick walk. Then, repeat the kick count. Call your provider immediately if you still don’t feel any movements.

Don’t wait!

You should also call your provider if you notice a significant change in your baby’s movement patterns. For, example, if you normally count 10 movements within 30 minutes and then you notice that it is taking the full two hours to record 10 movements.

Remember that all babies have frequent sleep/wake cycles and will sleep often. But very rarely does a baby kick fewer than 10 times during a two-hour period, as most babies don’t sleep longer than an hour at a time near the end of pregnancy.

Make sure to count every day!

 

   
   
   
   
   

   

   

   

   

   

 

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