I hate kick counts

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I hate kick counts

Does anyone else feel like doing kick counts twice a day is stressful? Sometimes I am moving around too much to really pay attention. I'll feel her here and there but I don't know if I'm feeling 10 in one hour. Then I start forgetting when or how much she has moved and it makes me stressed. I do feel like she isn't quite as crazy in there as she was for a while but I know she has less room so her movements are more subtle. That is probably part of the reason I start wondering how much I've felt her since I may only really feel it if I'm focused on it.

My friend just had a baby and she said she never did kick counts. I wish I could just relax about it like she did, but at the same time, I feel like it's my responsibility to watch out for Nora's well being.

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I was told to do kick counts but they are pointless with this baby. He doesn't move often enough for me to do kick counts. I didn't even do them with DD. As long as I feel several movements a day, and they don't decrease from "his normal", then I'm good!

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I didn't do them with Penny, my first, but no one told me to. I was totally unconcerned.
This time I'm doing them, because I'm a worry wart, but it's super easy. She is one hyper baby. In the morning and evening I get like 20 movements in a row.

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My OB has not once, with this pregnancy or my last, said a word to me about kick counts! At every appointment I get asked, "Baby moving well for you?" and that's it. So I have never done kick counts with either pregnancy. There are days I notice him quieter than usual, so I'll make a mental note and tune in a bit more in the evening (when he's really crazy) and it's always just fine. I'm a little more on edge now that they told me about the cord and I read all those horrible stories, but I honestly just focus more on him acting "normal" vs. doing actual kick counts.

Try not to stress too much! We're getting to that funky period where they start to run out of room and it's hard to tell!

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I have never done kick counts either. My ob just ask if I am feeling her move every dayand I for sure feel movements all day long. I wouldnt stress to much. Just make sure you feel movements everyday and stress about how many per hour.

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I did them for a week or two, baby moves so much that I don't really feel it's necessary. I'm pretty chillaxed with this kid so far.

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I only became more focused on it recently since her movements are more squirms and wiggles instead of big kicks and punches. She still does some big movements but not like before. I really think it's funny that no one's OB has mentioned it b/c mine hasn't either and neither has my Peri. The only question I get is very general, like "how is the baby moving?" or "getting good movement?". I specifically asked a nurse about kick counts and she told me to do them twice a day. Again, it's interesting that the doctors don't tell their patients to do it though. Maybe they think it's overkill?

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i haven't done them simply because every time i worry about it, he moves up a storm to remind me he's still there. however though at my appointment today they hooked me up to a machine, very similiar to the contraction & heartbeat monitor and it also had a movement count recorder. has anyone else heard of this. i got hooked up to the machine and everytime i felt the baby move i had to press the clicker button, they monitored about 10 minutes or so but has anyone else had to do this?

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I think I did once with DS, and I have yet to do it at all with this one. But this particular baby is so active it would be almost ridiculous. I'd be done in 20 seconds. I feel like he is always moving, and when he stops I'm usually like: "whew, he's finally sleeping, I get a break!"

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Yeah, I never did them with Beni, and I haven't done them with Kong either. But Kong is at this point so active and I think much stronger than Beni was at this point- or maybe him/her being head down makes a huge difference in what I feel (most likely!)- that I don't feel any need to do them either. Night time has actually been hard (and it never was with Beni) because s/he's so active that it gets kind of uncomfortable and keeps me from sleeping- I NEVER had that with Beni! And that said... even with as active as Kong is when s/he is active, if I had to do kick counts at certain times of the day, s/he would fail, because when I get really active/busy, or when s/he is sleeping what seems like deeply, then I go for what seems like hours without feeling anything for sure.

What does work for me, is pretty much, as soon as I eat or drink anything, I will ALWAYS feel a kick- that is def enough for me!

Honestly, Kayla, I think you're taking great care of Nora, so I really would try to relax a bit. Just don't be so hard on yourself! Smile

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I never do kick counts!!! With the first or this one. Of course, this little girl is training for the Olympics on regular basis so............. Smile