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Kick counts, etc - do you?

post #1 of 45
Thread Starter 
Just wanting to get a feel for if I'm the world's laziest preggo or what..

I've never done those! Even with my twins, they wanted me to do it (heh? count for 20 seconds. there you go! 40 kicks!) and I just never did. Didn't with my youngest son either.

Am I truly missing out on something vital for baby's wellbeing?
post #2 of 45
I don't - they would just worry me. I have never felt the kind of movement I'm "supposed" to, and my babies have always come out very healthy.
post #3 of 45
Thread Starter 
whew! at least I'm not alone.

I don't know.. apparently I rely heavily on instinct. I wouldn't get out of the water for the midwives to listen to heart tones with my youngest. I KNEW he was ok, so why subject myself to the pain? It seems so horribly negligent when juxtaposed with what is popularly done during pregnancy and delivery!
post #4 of 45
I never did kick counts. Sounds like a short road to neurosis to me
post #5 of 45
Nope,I don't ever do them.
post #6 of 45
With all the kicking/movement I felt with DD why count it? She had her rhythm and I think I would have tuned in if the rhythm was off KWIM?

The only kicking I was paying attention to was when the first time I felt regular kicking for 3 days in a row was. My midwife said it was a good way to "date" 20 weeks. (There was a small question of when we conceived)

I don't think I will pay that close of attention this time around. I'm only 9 weeks from conception and I feel (very tiny) movement almost everyday.
post #7 of 45
Okay, thank goodness. I thought I might be the only person who thought kick counts sounded like pure silliness.

Nope, I never did them. I mean, what do they really tell us?:
post #8 of 45
I never did them either.I too would pay attention when my baby's rythm seemed off but I've never had to worry for too long.
post #9 of 45
I never have done them. I also eat soft cheese and drink a beer every once in a while :
This baby is so active I don't think I could keep count even if I wanted to
post #10 of 45
I never did either. My babies were really active so I always laughed when people talked about them. It would be easier to count the moments when I wasn't getting kicked!
post #11 of 45
Nope. I'm such a non-worrier, too, and just forget to even think about kicks. I feel them at times, and not at other times. It's really not that big of a concern for me.
post #12 of 45
I don't count either. I tried it a few times, but of course baby decided to make a fool out of me and not do what he'd been doing. So I just sense what's normal without counting and don't worry about it otherwise. So if you're lazy, you have company LOL!
post #13 of 45
I did my own prenatal care at the end of my last pregnancy, in listening to baby's heartbeat with a doppler, keeping track of my blood pressure, counting kicks, tracking weight. (I had a shadow care provider until they kicked me out for not consenting to a scheduled c-section so I guess I felt more comfortable continuing to track the things that they tracked)

I found that of all the things I kept track of, baby movements were definitely the least telling of all, because they can change depending on so many factors. I could get no kicks at all one day, and the next day, same time, same environment, get a dozen in the same amt of time. In the end I just confirmed that she had a normal amount of movement every day, and left it at that.
post #14 of 45
i'm not doing them. I might nearer to the end if movements slow down and I want to make sure everything's OK. But probably not.
post #15 of 45
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Originally Posted by SublimeBirthGirl View Post
I never did kick counts. Sounds like a short road to neurosis to me
I agree! My baby was soooooo lazy for the first 6 months of pregnancy that I worried s/he was paralyzed of dead or something awful. Therewas NO movement- no kicks, flutters, punches, hiccups, NOITHING! Finally in month 7 the little punk started moving like crazy- kicking my ribs, flipping over and over- just going nuts in there. Now the kicks are so wild I can see them through my clothes and my overweight, preggo belly. The whole area jerks up when s/he kicks! It's amazing. I've never done the counting though- I've actually never heard of it. I assume as long as there's enough constant movement that I know somebody's still in there, I won't bother.

Kristi
post #16 of 45
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Originally Posted by augustacherri View Post
Nope, I never did them. I mean, what do they really tell us?:
Noting fetal movements is the easiest low-tech way of measuring the (neurologic and cardiac) health of your baby.
post #17 of 45
Thread Starter 
ok, call it the pregnancy hormones... I'll bite, but not hard.

What place do you believe that maternal instinct has in determining neural/cardiac health? In my years of observing pregnant women (I've been involved in two large fertility/parenting communities for over 6 years) when a baby has been found to have a problem, the mother knew early on, instinctively.

I understand that when baby moves x amount of times it indicates y, however it isn't a guarantee and I have known far too many women with stillbirth whose 'numbers' (ultrasound, kick counts, etc) all looked good but instinct told them to worry the whole time.
post #18 of 45
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Originally Posted by AKmoose View Post
I never have done them. I also eat soft cheese and drink a beer every once in a while :
Me too. No need to hide!
post #19 of 45
Nope! I'm a lazy pregnant gal too. I don't go out of my way to change things up or monitor any more than I normally would. Like a pp said....seems like a pathway to neurosis!
post #20 of 45
I have never felt the "correct" amount of kicking - what do they say? several times an hour? Never, several times a day maybe. My kids were both alert and healthy at birth.
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