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Q&A: How to do kick counts?

Why am I supposed to take fetal kick counts? And how should I do it exactly?

Re: Why am I supposed to take fetal kick counts? And how should I do it exactly?

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Become a proactive parent before baby is even born! Counting and tracking baby's movement with fetal kick counts is one way to identify treatable problems before baby's heart rate is affected and stillbirth becomes a possibility. In other words, something you can do all on your own to keep baby safe.

There are many different ways to count kicks, so first see if your doctor has any specific suggestions. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests timing how long it takes to feel ten movements. Set aside time every day -- try for when baby tends to be most active -- and count the number of kicks, swishes, rolls, and jabs that you feel. If things seem slow, try lying on your left side -- this increases blood flow, which might get baby moving. Keep a tally mark of how many movements you feel -- ideally, you'll get to ten within an hour. If you aren't at ten after two hours, wait a little while and try again. Give your doctor a call if you're still not up to ten kicks by this point.

Repeat your kick counts at roughly the same time each day, noting any significant or long-term deviations from the norm. If you notice any major changes, talk to your doctor. In addition to keeping baby safe, setting aside time each day to pay attention to his movements is a great way to start the bonding process.

> Once you get good at tracking fetal kicks, you can record baby's movements with our kick count log.

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Paula Kashtan

Q&A: How to do kick counts?

I saw a couple different little gagets you can buy to help you count, but I find a piece of paper and a pen the easiest.

mchris9111 |

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I'm at 22 weeks and have an anterior placenta. I have just begun to feel baby on a more regular basis in the last couple of days but it's still pretty sporadic. When should I start trying to keep track of his kicks/jabs/rolls?

MsQT4 |

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When should you start to track the kicks? I'm 23, almost 24 weeks and can feel her moving like crazy in there already...but i've heard from some people that you don't need to start tracking until after 28 weeks or something?

AFWife1229 |

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Hi, I'm 37 weeks and my doctor didn't have me start my counte until week 35, that's really when you have to pay attention so you can get a better idea of whether or not the baby goes into distress.

skyenav1 |

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thanks skye...just for fun a few times today...i've sat and tried to do this "10 movements in an hour"...if i lay down or lean back on the couch...its takes barely 10 minutes to get 10 kicks...made me laugh lol

AFWife1229 |

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im 19, almost 20 weeks and i felt movement for the first time last night, as i was lying on the couch.i definitley got 10 kicks in barely 10 minutes! lol :) it was amazing!

Jess413 |

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So, if baby is more active at a certain time of day while in the womb, will he/she be more active at that same time of day after he/she is born?

jen_jupiter |

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I have been feeling baby move since I was about 15w! Now I am 27w, and it seems like she NEVER stops moving! I don't even bother counting kicks because her movements are so constant.

francescaraul |

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I'm almost 32 weeks along and my little guy is so busy most of the time that I don't even bother with counting, I know I'll get to 10 in less than 5 minutes most days. I didn't start feeling him move until after 20 weeks though due to my anterior placenta.

aMom4U2remember |

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Hey Jen. I have heard that before and it makes since. Their sleep pattern they have in womb is similar to the one they'll have as newborns.

jbaby901 |

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Im 30 weeks along now and my little guy has been very active from the beginning. I only become concerned when he isn't moving on his normal schedule, which he definately has. But because he is constantly moving, I haven't bothered to start keeping track yet. (And I surely do hope he keeps the same schedule he has now in the womb after he arrives.)

JBunting3 |

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this is my 3rd child and i never did fetal kicks count. just put attetion to you babys movements everyday make sure you get the everyday kicks and if you feel something not right or you dont feel your baby move as before then you can always call your obgyn but i think babys have their days where they are not as acitve as other days. try reading and listing to music they love that.

roselynn83 |

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I'm 22 weeks and have been feeling littel kicks for about a week and 1/2. I love it!! Most active RIGHT when I get all comfy in bed! I'm not sure either how far along you should be to start monitoring. The best bet would be to ask your doc! I'm sure just like everything else, every woman is different!!

ceimckay |

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im only 17 weeks and i now feel l small movements every now and then but it;s a great feeling im not sure when to start keepin count!!!

shenice822 |

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with my first baby i felt her at 13 weeks! super early! but she didn't stop wiggling! I didn't do the fetal kick count, i was confident enough that she was ok as long as she was moving around in there. Some babes wiggle more than others so it depends on whatever is normal for your baby, not your friends'. so don't worry if they don't move as much one day as they do the next. they have good days and bad days too. no need to stress yourself out. the what to expect..book will tell you when to start your count if you are going to do it. i think its around 32 weeks.

ninaB08 |

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i am 23 weeks pregnant and a 3rd time mom i started feeling my little man kick at about 16 weeks and love it.His most active time is in the morning

MrsDankwa |

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My daughters sleep patterns were way different in the womb than once she was born, in the womb she was up most of the night and from day one she would sleep the majority of the night only waking to feed... i am 26 weeks and i've noticed that my son kicks constantly with my duaghter it was routine and certain times with him its every 45 mins to hr i feel movement.

LitesFamily |

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Ten kicks and hour.

erubio77 |

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Generally, you are supposed to start counting at 28 weeks. Before then fetal movement can vary quite a bit from day to day.

tbrossman24 |

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my LO is very active all day! more kicks than not today!

jmc1110 |

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I'm currently on my 28th week, and recently brought up the kick count with my doctor. She began explaining how I could bump up the movements, when I had to stop her and laughingly explain that my problem wasn't too little movement, but too much. My little one is already giving me sleepless nights when he decides he isn't tired and doesn't want to sleep. Then again, I've been feeling pretty regular fetal movement sine the 16th week, which is kind of early. Unfortunetly, she didn't have any tips to quiet the little guy down. She just said, "Sorry! Hang in there!"

StellaSanguina |

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I didn't do regular counts with my first but at the end of one day I noticed that I hadn't really felt much movement during the day so I did all of the suggestions and couldn't get my little guy to move at all.... Anyway, rushed to the hospital after talking to OB and if I didn't go to the hospital, he wouldn't be here today. He was born 7 weeks early. I'm on my second pregnancy now and my OB will have me do regular kick counts every day just to be safe.

adury |

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I was given a kick count chart and told by my OBGYN to start counting on week 28, however - my lil man is so active, I think I can get 10 movements within 2 minutes!! Forget the hour mark!!

newmommymj |

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I wouldn't recommend doing specific kick counts until after 25 weeks. before then sometimes you can't feel them and you may get too worried. and it's not good to stress while pregnant. but make sure after 20 you still feel him/her every once in awhile :)

jmorri8 |

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I have been very lucky to feel movement since 15 weeks! I am now 25 weeks any can see my little lady bug's placement sometimes, with my lopsided uterus. She is very active and my dr recommended paying close attention to movement after 28 weeks

leslie302008 |

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Yes you should!!!!! I did and thats how I found out my daughter had a heart problem and was born 8 weeks early. Had I not paid attention to her movement, the doctor said she may not be here!!!!! I didn't fell her move for 6 hours after waking up one morning and called my doc. She sent me to the hospital and they said the babys heart rate was way to high, I ended up having an emergency c-section.

proudmama22010 |

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I'm at 28 wks with twin girls and I haven't started counting kicks yet... I can almost set a clock by my girls movements... 4 times a day theres steady movement for almost an hour. I get the occasional movement here and there the rest of the day but defiantly on a schedule already.

BluDrag0n |

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I started feeling this little thing move at 14 weeks, which I guess is pretty early. I am convinced this kid is going to be some kind of pro athlete, cause (s)he NEVER holds still. Counting ten movements would take about thirty seconds! lol! It makes it hard to sleep at night, but I love that constant reassurance that (s)he's in there and healthy. 100 days to go! Woo whoo!

fiddletoes |

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My son was stillborn in April of this year. Now I am due with his little brother or sister only a week before his due date. Though we do not know how or why he died, I still will be doing my kick counts. It is SO important as you can see a few women have already posted that their babies were saved because they did their kick counts. Please don't say you wouldn't worry about it. Please don't think it won't happen to you. I hope it won't, but you have to be proactive in caring for your child before they are even born. I know a lot of women say that pregnant women have enough to worry about without the slight risk of stillbirth, but when your family becomes a victim to that statistic, it doesn't seem so slight anymore. Please please, check out these resources. http://seemefeelme.org/kicks-count-chart http://www.healthybirthday.org/

dreamersdisease |

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did this for the first time just now at 28 weeks. it took 5 minutes to get to 10 kicks. :p

laura.noel |

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i had to do this in my first pregnancy for my doctor. basically i would lay down for an hour and count how many times my son would move in that hour. But babies commonly fall asleep for 2 hour periods in the womb so you don't have to get worried right away if you don't feel anything for awhile.

VictoriaAnnEileen |

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I'm 19 and 27wks, i never have to count kicks because she moves around some much! My doctor told me to do this if she hasn't been as active as she normally is.

kameronchristine |

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hi i'm almost 23 weeks. my little guy moves all the time :) this is my first so i'm not sure how these things go i didnt even know anything about counting kicks until i read all these answers?

Kate Lawson |

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well, and if I am to go with when the baby is most active, it is looking like 2:30 am lol. UGh. baby is active that is for sure. lol

zoodles |

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Same here I didn't know anything about counting kicks until I read the question and answers. Thanks for all the advice :)

Alex17Wed94208 |

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im 31 weeks and my doctor has just now started me on kick counts due to dips in her heart beat

cfabela |

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Taking kick counts helps monitor the movement of your baby. I have always been told to get orange juice, cold water, coke, etc and lay on my side without moving for about an hour. I believe you are supposed to have around 10 kicks/movement an hour.

MamaCass85 |

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My work schedule is all over the place! Sometimes I work day shift and I'm most active from 10 am to 7 pm. Sometimes it's late shift, moving around from 5 pm to 11:30. The baby tends to kick when I'm not active. My mother has told me this is probably because while I'm working, the baby is being "rocked to sleep". How do I count kicks on a regular basis when my life has no regularity to it?

brinaroze1 |

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I'm 27 weeks and I feel my little wiggle worm move all the time. I just had to count how many fetal movements she had when I was on a 15 minute break the other day at work, and I felt 43 movements. It is so crazy how much she moves already!! This is so exciting!!!

wmmader |

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I'm 30 weeks and my OB hasn't mentioned kick counts yet. I am going for my next appointment on Jan. 4th and plan to ask her about it then. I have heard you are suppose to count at least 10 kicks in a 2 hour period.

MannieMo |

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I'm 30 weeks and I will get over 25 kicks between 6:00 am and 9:00am. Sometimes I will get ten movements in less than one minute. My little man is supper active!

licaliste |

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I'm 28 weeks pregnant with my first baby, and there are days when she doesn't move at all. Like today, she hasn't moved all day....... is this normal, or should I call my doctor?

keirstan17 |

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In the morning if I move from my side to my back, I get about 10 kicks every two minutes.

jeannine00516 |

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I have yet to have a kick count last more than 45 seconds. I sure hope this kid sleeps more when it gets here than it does now. The bad part is that I'm nearly 37 weeks so baby is plenty big enough to hurt me when it moves.

JaneDoe968 |

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10 kicks? Maybe 10 kicks every 30 seconds. I've got a mover

Nokkouttmomma |

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Kick counts is worthless!!!! the hospital sent my daughter home at 38 weeks which is Full term she was having ongoing contractions vomiting SEVERELY baby heart rate dropped from 156 to 120 to 90 and was sent home to do kick counts by the time she noticed that there was no kicks or movement the baby heart rate stopped and she died one week prior to her due date

nmartin218 |

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Nmartin218, I'd say the HOSPITAL is worthless!! My condolences for your loss.

KordsKokie |

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•Count fetal movements once a day, preferably at the same time every day and within 1 to 2 hours after a meal. Early evening after dinner is a good time because the fetus is usually more active then. •Get a sheet of paper and pen to indicate the movements. •Have a clock or watch nearby to observe the time passed. •Lie on your side while counting, preferably on your left side. •Mark down the start time. •Count any movement you feel - a roll, a kick, or a "swish" - except for the smallest flutters. • Count until you have felt ten fetal movements. •Ideally, you want to feel at least 10 movements within 2 hours. Most likely you will feel 10 movements in much less time •Mark down the finish time, and the total amount of time it took to count the ten movements - See more at: http://www.babymed.com/pregnancy/counting-fetal-movements-baby-

aubriannescheldt |