(Closed) Kick counts?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I actually have never heard of this (probably because it’s a bit early for me) but why do people tell you to count kicks?  Thanks!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

DO IT!!!! I’ve heard a lot of stories where kick counts alerted the mom to a problem and it saved the babies’ lives. As an Angel Mom who has read a ton of stuff about Angel Babies and developments, kick counts have reduced the number of Angel Babies, so count those kicks no matter what the doctor says.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I thought it was pretty standard?  If you want to do kick counts, it certainly wouldn’t hurt.  I also had an anterior plancenta, and I could feel enough movements to do kick counts.  Especially as you get further along and the movements become harder/more obvious.  🙂

To track kicks, pick an hour when your baby is usually most active.  Track the movements; you should feel 10 in an hour.  If you do not feel the baby move 10 times in a hour, try drinking some juice, drinking some ice cold water, eating a snack, and/or laying down for a while.  If you still don’t count 10 kicks in an hour, call your doctor. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

It is something I would probably do, personally. Just because your doctor says you dont have to, doesn’t mean you can’t if you think you would feel better doing it. It’s not like it could hurt things! If you are going to be sitting/laying there enjoying the baby move, might as well count anyway, right? That’s my (non pregnant) thoughts anyway

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would definitely do it, as an NICU nurse I have taken care of a few babies that would have probably died if the mom hadn’t noticed a change in her kick counts and got herself checked at labour and delivery.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My doctor told me to start doing them around 28 weeks or so – she just said to pick an hour each day and lay down and time how long it takes to get to ten movements. She said if it takes 2 hours, that’s ok, but to call if you noticed a sudden decrease or it took much longer than that. Drink some cold water or juice first to speed it up. 🙂

I do have to say I freaked out a few times when I had some days where I thought it took longer than it should or didn’t feel him as much. I called and they said it was normal to have fluctuations in movement as as long as you were feeling them it was ok. So don’t panic if you feel like it’s not working, but do call your doctor if you get worried.

 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

I never bothered with counts either.  I had an anterior placenta also, but I didn’t have a problem NOT feeling MB kick!  I was constantly telling her to knock it off, actually.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Doing exact counts isn’t as important as making sure to note every day that the baby is kicking. I think that actually taking the time to stop and count them is a good way to make sure of that, but the main point is to note if the baby isn’t moving or is consistently moving less than it used to.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

I hate to admit it, but I was never great about doing kick counts.  My doctor didn’t bring it up until ~34 weeks, and near the end, though, she wanted me doing it after EVERY meal.  At a minimum, I’d do them if I noticed decreased movement.  The one time I felt like there was less movement (earlier on) they had me drink a cold glass of OJ and lay on my left side to count.  However, I know it is better to do it proactively, as then you can know what is normal for YOUR baby…since it can differ from baby to baby how long it takes to get to (usually) 10 kicks.

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