Kick Counts

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Kick Counts

I guess I'm a little confused on how to do it. DO I count all of her movements/adjustments, or like actual kicks or punches? I don't know whether she really isn't moving too much because there's something wrong, or she just doesn't have any room, OR am I being paranoid about the low fluid thing? I was pretty active this weekend so I didn't notice her a whole lot, except for some contractions.

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I never really did true kick counting before. If I've been busy and don't think I've felt him, I'll try to lay still on the couch and make sure he's moving some.

I "googled" it though and Copied and pasted this from American Pregnancy Association website:
How is Kick Counting Done?
There are different methods of kick counting and ACOG recommends that expectant mothers note the time it takes for their baby to complete ten movements, at approximately the same time each day when the baby is usually most active. Movements include kicks, jabs, rolls, twists, and turns.
Each baby and every pregnancy is different. Understanding that babies have sleep cycles can alleviate mothers' anxiety toward kick counting. In general , healthy babies should complete ten movements within two hours and most babies achieve this in less than 15 minutes. The healthcare provider should be alerted immediately of changes in the baby's normal pattern or if the baby takes more than two hours to complete ten movements.

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I don't know that I can add anything more than Lindsey. I can emphasize with being paranoid though.

I was never able to do kick counts with DD & she came out perfectly healthy. I only felt her maybe twice a day. I tend to pay more attention to an unusual pattern. I feel DS all the time comparatively speaking. I wasn't concerned last time with no movement because that was DD's normal. I would be concerned this time with a drastic difference with more or less movement because it would be outside of DS's norm. Hope my ramblings made sense.

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This is #3 for me and I have never done a kick count. My first literally I only felt move twice in my entire pregnancy she just never moved, she is now a very healthy beautiful 10 yr old. My second moved more but still not loads she is now a very active almost 4 yr old. This pg wow he moves tons, mostly in the evening when I slob out on the couch. As long as he moves at some point each day I am happy Smile

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Ditto the other two ladies. I don't do 'true' kick counts. I just make sure I'm feeling him the same amount each day. Some days will be less active and some days will be more active, but I only start to REALLY pay attention to the movement if I haven't felt him move all day.

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Thanks girls!! You know, it must have been paranoia...as soon as I wrote this post she started kicking my bladder and jamming her head up under my ribs! She's already giving me a heart attack! Biggrin

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I'm glad she's moving around for you!

I never do kick counts either. Every night he goes wild in there, if I noticed a change in this it would cause concern for me though.