In the 3rd trimester of the pregnancy, it is recommended to count the kicks to monitor baby’s health. More than a fun and meditative bonding time, a daily record of a baby’s movements (kicks, rolls, punches, jabs) during the third trimester, is an easy, free and reliable way to monitor a baby’s well-being in addition to regular prenatal visits. Most women usually begin to feel their baby moves between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. A baby’s movements can be anything from a kick, flutter, swish or roll. The type of movement may change as the pregnancy progresses. Baby will have their own pattern of movements that women should get to know. From 16 – 24 weeks on baby move more and more up until 32 weeks then stay roughly the same until birth.
Various pregnancy kick counter apps help in keeping the track of baby’s movements. How to count kicks:
- Count the Kicks every day, preferably at the same time.
- Pick your time based on when your baby is usually active.
- sit with feet up or lie on the side and start counting movements. Twists, turns, swishes, rolls and jabs also count as “kicks.” Hiccups do not.
- Log the number of minutes it takes to count 10 movements.
A kick count generally takes 10 to 15 minutes, but it might take as long as two hours. Overweight women may have a harder time perceiving Kick.
A Kick counter wristband makes it easier to recognise change in baby’s movements. When an episode of movement is observed, move the plastic slider to the next number on the band. Some women will go around the band more than once in a day, others may only have a few sessions. Between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy band should be moved by the same amount of times every day, but this varies. If there is a feeling of baby’s less movement, record movements for 2 hours. If 6 movements (such as kicks, flutters, or rolling movements) are not observed in 2 hours, then contact health care provider as soon as possible. If one has a pregnancy with risk factors (e.g., high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, etc.), she should do a kick count every day, starting at 26-32 weeks. The best time for counting is often in the evening, when babies tend to be more active.
A reduction in a baby’s movements can sometimes be an important warning sign that a baby is unwell. It has been observed that two out of three women who had a stillbirth noticed their baby’s movements had slowed down or stopped.
- It is NOT true that babies move less towards the end of pregnancy
- Continue to feel baby move right up to the time to go into labor and during labour too.
Does your baby move more in the morning? Do they have a party as you get comfortable in bed? Do they get excited when you eat? Make a mental note, just to know about baby during pregnancy.