Kick Counter

Why keep track of your baby’s fetal kicks? It’s a relatively easy way to check up on your fetus and make sure everything is okay inside your womb. We know just how stressful pregnancy can be, and anything that gives you reassurance about your baby is a good thing. You can start doing kick counts soon after you first start feeling movement from baby, which will likely happen between weeks 16 and 22, at least for first-time moms. It will take a little while before those movements turn into true kicks, but by your third trimester they should be pretty predictable. There are tons of different techniques for doing kick counts, but we think this one is the easiest: Start by printing out our easy to use kick count log, one of the many great pregnancy tools on The Bump. Set aside some time when baby tends to be pretty active, and begin counting baby's movements. Record the time you start on the kick count log, and then again when you’ve felt ten kicks. Ideally, you’ll feel the ten within two hours, although it will likely take much less time than that. If you don’t feel that many movements in two hours, don’t panic, but do give your doctor a call.

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Tool: Kick Count Log

There’s tons of different ways to take a fetal kick count, but we think this one’s easiest: Set aside some time when baby’s usually pretty active, and start counting baby's movements. Record the time you start, and again when you’ve felt ten kicks. Ideally, you’ll feel ten within two hours (likely, much less). If not, call your doc.

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