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I was just wondering if this is something I 'should' be doing? I know that a friend of mine does it every single night - counting 10 movements within a space of time - but I'm not clear on what the reasoning is...I can totally understand being aware of whether and how much babe is moving, but don't really understand the counting thing. Am I just being : ?
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My Lamaze teacher told us that we should count movements if we are concerned that they have decreased.... drink a cold glass of water, lie down without any distractions and tick off each time that you feel a movement. It should be 10 in one hour. If that doesn't happen, drink a cold glass of orange juice and do the same time. If you don't count 10 this time, call your midwife or go to the hospital.
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I don't do it. I just make sure I feel the baby often throughout the day. If I didn't feel him I would probably do the kick count.

 
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I never have.

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He's active enough that I don't feel the need to. The only time I have is when I would have anxiety relating to pain or another weird feeling. It eased my mind to lie down and have a glass of water and count.

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I never have. If I'm worried about a lack of movement, I drink some juice or eat something and wait a few minutes. Only time I did was during a non-stress test last pregnancy at 41 weeks... and I'll NEVER do that test again!
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Our mw told us to do it only if it seems like he's not moving as much as usual but there's no need to start doing it otherwise.
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I feel so much movement that i don't count... but if i noticed it went down i would!!

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I never have. If I'm worried about a lack of movement, I drink some juice or eat something and wait a few minutes. Only time I did was during a non-stress test last pregnancy at 41 weeks... and I'll NEVER do that test again!
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No... I never did either... Before going to bed I usually lay down on the couch and often have a little snack and babe usually wakes up and I love feeling kicks so I pay attention to them but only for my own enjoyment more then to "count"...

 
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My midwife told me to just be aware of any decrease in movement, and if that happens, do what the pps suggested (water, etc).

She said the "minimum of 10 kicks" rule is just another rigid thing developed by those who practice under the "medical model" of care, and it causes more anxiety than good. Babies differ a great deal and you probably know what is normal for your baby in terms of active times and how she/he moves, so just go with your instinct and not some arbitrarily-picked number.

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Is it normal to not feel a lot of movement during the day (like for several hours at a time)? Sometimes when I am on the go (doing laundry, running errands, etc.) it seems like I don't feel him move for quite some time. I'm new at this so I don't have any idea

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Is it normal to not feel a lot of movement during the day (like for several hours at a time)? Sometimes when I am on the go (doing laundry, running errands, etc.) it seems like I don't feel him move for quite some time. I'm new at this so I don't have any idea
Very normal IMO... when we move around they seem to be rocked to sleep and then wake up when we slow down...
Often in the day when I am running around I don't feel much movement but I may feel hiccups a bit more... when I start to slow down baby wakes up and gets busy kicking...

 
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I've never counted kicks with any of my pregnancies. If I notice baby hasn't moved for a while I eat something/drink something and lie down for a while and that has always put my mind at ease.

Yes, it is normal to not feel baby much when you are busy and on the go a lot.

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Thanks for the reassurance, Sheacoby and Paxye. I am naturally a worrier, and sometimes it freaks me out when I don't feel him for a while. It sounds like that is pretty normal, so I will try not to panic! It didn't help that at our last ultrasound the report said there might be a problem with my placenta (placental lakes) that means there is a 5-10% chance the baby would have growing issues. Now I am just paranoid!

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Very normal IMO... when we move around they seem to be rocked to sleep and then wake up when we slow down...
Often in the day when I am running around I don't feel much movement but I may feel hiccups a bit more... when I start to slow down baby wakes up and gets busy kicking...
Yes! And you know, this is why babywearing just make so much sense intuitively for newborns. Being carried is what they are used to! And our movement just conks them out. She sleeps the whole time we're on our boat, even if I am napping -- a point I am keeping in mind if we have sleep issues down the road.

I don't count kicks, but I have a pretty good sense of her routine at this point. I'm drinking my daily ration of a half a cup of coffee, so we're about to have a kick-o-rama! Her daddy's voice will also get her riled up, even if she's otherwise sleeping. (And amusingly, only daddy will do. Other deep male voices seem to have no effect.)
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If I counted kicks.... I'd be counting all day throughout the day! He never stops kicking. I was told to count if there is concern of decreased movement like the PP mentioned. If your babe moves on a pretty regular basis, I wouldn't worry about it.
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I've never counted either. I don't feel movement ALL the time or anything, but I'm also chasing a 2 year old around all day! Last pregnancy, I felt alot more when I had a desk job.

When I was reading about this last preg, the general midwife consensus was that kick counts just cause more worry for mom and don't really help anything. Obviously, if you notice a decrease in movement, doing what PPs said (eat/drink, lay down, and count kicks) is a good idea. I always feel movements when I sit down and start eating.

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sometimes I won't feel him ten times in one hour and sometimes I'll feel him quadruple that in an hour...so I guess it all evens out.
I think I only did kick counts a very few times with my first just because they told me to do them...I don't know that I'll really bother to do it with this one.
Sometimes if we hadn't communicated in a while, I'd push on my belly to see if I could get a little hello :-)
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