Fetal Movement Counts

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Kick counts is highly recommended in high risk pregnancies, but it is a good idea for every pregnant woman to do. Start counting fetal movements at 28 weeks of the pregnancy. Fetal movements increase after eating a full meal or eating or drinking something sweet (the blood sugar is higher). It is also important to drink plenty of fluids (well hydrated) before doing the count. Lie on your left side because it helps with the circulation or you can sit in a comfortable chair with your arms over your belly (abdomen) with no distractions around you.

DOING THE COUNT

  • Try to do the count the same time of day each time you do it.

  • Mark the day and time, then see how long it takes for you to feel 10 movements (kicks, flutters, swishes, rolls). You should have at least 10 movements within 2 hours. You will most likely feel 10 movements in much less than 2 hours. If you do not, wait an hour and count again. After a couple of days you will see a pattern.

  • What you are looking for is a change in the pattern or not enough counts in 2 hours. Is it taking longer in time to reach 10 movements?

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You feel less than 10 counts in 2 hours. Tried twice.

  • No movement in one hour.

  • The pattern is changing or taking longer each day to reach 10 counts in 2 hours.

  • You feel the baby is not moving as it usually does.

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