Kick Counts!!

Kick Counts!!

Most mothers-to-be are so excited about that first reassuring flutter, just to know their baby is growing and developing. Sometime between 18-25 weeks into your pregnancy, you will begin to feel movement. For first time moms, it may occur closer to 25 weeks, Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 7.33.29 PMand for second or third time moms, it may occur closer to 18 weeks.  

Why are kick counts so important?  Paying attention to a fetus’s movements in utero has been linked with a decrease in stillbirth.

How to Do a Kick Count

  • Pick a time of day when your baby is most active, usually after you’ve had a light meal or snack.
  • Once you’re sure your baby is awake, sit with your feet up or lie on your side and start counting movements. All movements count as “kicks.” Hiccups do not.
  • Log the number of minutes it takes to count 10 movements. 

Don’t panic if you’re not sure what you’re feeling. For a couple of weeks it may be difficult to recognize the difference between gas and the real thing, but very soon, you will notice a pattern.

When Should I Call My Physician Or Midwife?

  • If you have followed the above recommendations and have not felt 10 kicks by the end of the second hour, wait a few hours and try again. If after trying a second time, you do not feel 10 movements within 2 hours you should contact your health care provider.
  • If you notice a significant deviation from the pattern over the course of 3-4 days.

Midwife and provider, Courtney McMillian can help answer any questions that you have on your baby’s movements and kick counts!