Counting Kicks

Everyone wants to make sure that their baby is doing OK in there, and since they can’t say  “Hey Mom, I’m good!” it can be difficult to know.  During my 28 week appointment the nurse told me about the Count the Kicks campaign.  I assumed that it was something that all birth centers go over before the third trimester, but there are always exceptions and with such an important message it can only help to share.

With the powerful story that was shared a few days ago, I wanted to post this as a reminder.  The last thing I want is to worry any of you pregnant ladies so I hesitated to post something that has a less than happy outcome, but every story is important. And in fact studies show that monitoring fetal movement may help reduce stillbirths by up to 1/3.

Why Count Kicks?

It’s not only fun to tune into that movement in your belly for a few minutes each day, it could save your baby’s life.  Five courageous Iowa women who all experienced the devastating loss of their babies due to pregnancy complications and stillbirth started the Healthy Birth Day organization.  After a series of conversations with doctors and each other, they realized that counting the kicks was something that could help save others from experiencing the same devastation.  Read more here!

How To Count The Kicks

  • Count the Kicks every day, preferably at the same time.
  • Pick your time based on when your baby is usually active, such as after a snack or meal.
  • Make sure your baby is awake first; walking, pushing on your tummy or having a cold drink are good wake-up calls.
  • To get started, sit with your feet up or lie on your side. Count each of your baby’s movements (could be a punch, roll, wiggle or flutter) as one kick, and count until you reach 10 kicks.
  • Most of the time it will take less than a half-hour, but it could take as long as two hours.
  • Log your recorded times using the Count the Kicks App or a kick chart.

You should notice that it takes a similar amount of time to reach 10 kicks each day.  If you notice a significant decrease, or don’t count 10 movements in two hours you should call your healthcare provider to assess the situation.  Read the rest of the ‘how to’ here.

Make sure you count the kicks every day!

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