This process of counting your baby’s movement is called “kick count.” A basic method of kick counting is to observe how often you feel these six movements comprised of kicks, rolls, flutters, etc. If you feel these movements in a two hour period then it is deemed to be normal. If you do not feel six movements during the two-hour period, call your health advisor immediately.
Here’s how you count:
- Download the kick count app from Healtheoz HMom app.
- Count the Kicks each day and preferably at the same time.
- Select the time when your baby is usually the most active to count kicks.
- To begin with, either lie on your side or sit with your feet up. Count each of your baby’s movements as one kick and click on foot button on the app until you have reached ten movements. After a few days, you will start to observe a pattern of your baby’s movements also you will get to know how long does it take for you to get to ten movements.
- Usually, it takes less than half an hour, but this kicking game could stretch to as long as two hours. To check baby’s movement history save all your kick counting sessions in the app.
- To know baby’s usual movement pattern is important, just so if the “usual pattern’’ changes you can identify it as early as possible and your health provider can diagnose potential health problems (if there’s any).
Record of kick counts can be useful when you visit your obstetrician.
- Every baby is different, so does every pregnancy.
- It is very important for you to keep a record of your baby’s movement on a regular basis so you will know your baby’s usual movement pattern. For example, if it generally takes you 30 minutes to reach ten movements but you notice that now it’s taking you around two hours to reach the same count then you should discuss this change of pattern with your obstetrician.
- Babies don’t run out of space.
- During the latter months of pregnancy, babies might run out of room to move, rather than slowing down during this phase they carry on with movements till labor.
- If you notice any change, contact your health provider immediately
- If you observe any difference in your baby’s usual movement patter contact your healthcare provider immediately.