Counting kicks is easy to do. It’s important too! It’s a great way to bond with your baby.
Most importantly, it could save your baby’s life.
There is no magic number of movements a mother should feel. Monitor YOUR baby’s movements every day so you will know what is normal for YOUR baby.
If you only remember two things, they are:
#1 – Babies do not run out of room to move. They will run out of room for somersaults but should move all the way up to and during labour.
#2 – Call right away if you notice a change in your baby’s movement pattern. Even if you have an appointment scheduled for the next day, do not wait.
Getting Started with Kick Counting
When you start your 3rd trimester, it’s time to start counting.
- 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 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 – try the Count the Kicks App.