The most exciting moment in your pregnancy is when your little peanut starts to move around. A kick-boxer in the training it seems! His acrobatics in your stomach disturb your sleep, but you don’t mind. For every time you feel those tiny movements you’re relieved that all’s well with your baby.
It’s true! Doctors recommend keeping a track of the movements to monitor the health and well being of the growing fetus. In this article we will discuss how mothers-to-be can count their baby’s kicks.
Why is it necessary to keep track of your baby’s kicking?
Kick counting is a system of counting a baby’s movements. These movements are not restricted to a baby’s kicks alone. It involves counting twists, rolls, jabs and punches as well. Like already mentioned above, movement is an indication that the baby is developing normally. On the contrary decreased fetal movement signals a problem. These complications could include death of the fetus beyond 20 weeks or still birth.
Although counting kicks will help you monitor the well being of your unborn baby, you should also cross-check with your health care provider regularly.
How often should you feel your baby moving?
Around the 22nd week of pregnancy, a mother can feel the baby’s movements for the first time. It could be a faint flutter, a light kick, a punch or a jab. The movements are few and spaced apart. The movements also tend to be irregular. One day your baby may be highly active and on the next he does not give a single signal.
By the end of the second trimester, the movements become more pronounced and regular. A mother should start monitoring the frequency of the baby’s movements from the 28th week of gestation. In the third trimester a baby’s movements are roughly 30 times per hour. Despite the progression of pregnancy, you may not feel all.
There are numerous approaches to count a baby’s kicks. We have listed one of them. It should be done in the third trimester of pregnancy. The kick counting should also be done at a time in the day when your child is the most active; maybe in the night or after a meal.
- Drink a glass of water. (This step is optional. You can skip the step and go directly to the second)
- Lie down on your side or sit down. Choose a quiet place in order to avoid distractions.
- Focus on the frequency of the baby’s movements.
- Keep a count of the time. You should feel at least ten movements in an hour.
What if you cannot feel your baby kick?
If you do not record ten movements within an hour, wait and try again later in the day. Your baby may be asleep. If after waiting two hours you still do not feel ten kicks or any movement, call your health care provider. Besides, you should also contact your doctor if in addition to the decreased movements you can sense a feeling of pressure and pain occurring in intervals.
After 32 weeks of pregnancy, the movements will automatically decrease. The baby has grown to full size and the decreasing space in the uterus restricts movement. During this phase, the mother should not worry about decreased movement as long as baby averages 10 movements per hour.