Post # 1
I read a brief article on Parents.com about counting the fetal movements but it doesn’t explain how far a long in the pregnancy this should be done. I know that it is different for everyone but I assume that at a certain week, most if not all preggie women should be able to start doing these.
I for one, just recently started feeling real movements that I was sure was her and not gas. I find that she moves more after I eat or if I am leaning over in my chair (feels like i am squishing her) but then I feel random movements throughout the day. BUT I am only heading into week 23 tomorrow.
Any ideas ladies? I am not freaking out yet but would like to have better knowledge of this.
Post # 3
I think you don’t have to track movement until the third trimester (week 26 or 27). I’m just a little ahead of you (24 weeks, 3 days), and I still don’t feel consistent movement. 🙂
Post # 4
I think it’s usually around week 28 or so. I’m almost 29 weeks and the book I have is advising to start counts now, which makes me a bit nervous since my movements seem to be so sporadic. Usually, I’m just glad to get a few strong kicks a day!
Post # 5
We usually recommend starting counts at about 28 weeks, that being said it isn’t *wrong* to start it earlier if you want to.
Post # 6
Thank you Ladies. I am more at ease now.
Post # 7
I read that you shouldn’t count movements unless you percieve a problem (haven’t felt normal movement in some time and start to worry). Every baby is different in their level of movement and most babies decrease thier movement towards the end due to space constrictions in your tummy. My baby wasn’t very active so fetal counts put my mind to rest here and there but overall she wouldn’t have lived up to a lot of other babies counts.
Post # 8
I wouldn’t start counting kicks until your doctor/midwife tells you it’s time to start doing it. I’m 27 weeks and don’t have to quite yet. If I had started do it earlier I probably would have drove myself crazy. Every once in a while he has a lazy day where I hardly feel him at all.
Post # 9
I completely agree with rnc620. I can’t count how many nights of sleep I lost because I was wide awake trying to feel movement. I’d swig back glasses of cold juice to provoke Dirty Delete to move. I’d pace, toss and turn, and literally drive myself bonkers over fetal movement.
Post # 10
Literature says to start at 28 weeks. Also, so you know, you find a time when the baby is really active, then count how long it takes until the baby moves 10 times. So counting fetal movement is technically timing fetal movement. If it takes longer than 2 hours to move 10 times (and they are typically very active during that time) then call your doctor!
Post # 11
My OB admonished me not to do it. Rather, she said to do it if I perceived a change or was concerned about something. She said I was just likely to drive myself mad. Seems like it would be easier to count when she’s not moving anyway, since she’s always on the go!