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Old 01-17-2007, 06:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I was at the doctor yesterday and mentioned some concern about movement. This baby just does not move as much or as intensely as my other two babies did. He said it could just be her demenor, but that I should start kick counts. I knew that I was going to start them at 28 weeks, but thought it a good idea to start now too.... just so I can monitor her "consistency". The peri also said that around 28 weeks our babies start to develop their "pattern" so it makes it easier to determine if we are having decreased movement.

I thought I'd share a website with you all that has information about doing kick counts and an actual printable kick count sheet. Kick counts are really important as decreased fetal movement is a sign of potential problems. While it is true that babies' movements are less intense as they run out of room, it is not true that the movements themselves decrease in frequency.

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http://www.stillnomore.org/goal7.htm

Hope you all will join me in doing kick counts!
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Old 01-17-2007, 06:16 PM
 
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My MW gave me a kick-count card to start filling out. Very similar to the one you posted, too. I start it next week!

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Thank you, yep i see mine today, my 27 week check up :
Being high risk, they have recommended this, i didnt even know how to do it... So here, with your site you have shared, and sheet you have allowed us to print, i will learn.. Thank you sooo much

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Hey, it will not let me print a blank one, what should i do... BOO hoo hoo

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Try downloading the brochure... I got that to work and there's a chart on there.
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Now I'm starting to really worry. My baby doesn't move like that at all. Sometimes he moves a lot but mostly it's pretty much nothing, and not with any degree of predictability either. There are ways I've found to get him moving like drinking pop or (as I learned today) eating 3-bean salad. I would certainly not be able to pick an hour and count movements because most hours have none and when he's moving there are wiggles, wobbles and vibrations but not too much kicking.
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... and when he's moving there are wiggles, wobbles and vibrations but not too much kicking.

This is how it is for me. I feel more nudging than straight out kicks.
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I have never heard of doing a kick count, is this very important? I feel this little one move mostly at night, usually around the same time, should I do this just as a precaution?

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This was going to be one of questions at my appointment tomorrow. Sometimes I notice a lot of movement throughout the day and sometimes I'll go for an entire day without feeling any movement. I worry about that.
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I think when we are busy moving around a bit, our babies tend to sleep more due to the motion. I know when I am really busy, I don't feel the baby moving as much as when I am sitting or laying down. I haven't counted kicks but I do make mental notes when the baby is active and how long.
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Now I'm starting to really worry. My baby doesn't move like that at all. Sometimes he moves a lot but mostly it's pretty much nothing, and not with any degree of predictability either. There are ways I've found to get him moving like drinking pop or (as I learned today) eating 3-bean salad. I would certainly not be able to pick an hour and count movements because most hours have none and when he's moving there are wiggles, wobbles and vibrations but not too much kicking.
I think as long as you don't notice a consistent decrease in movement, you are fine. But the best way to be able to determine that is to do kick counts. As we all reach 28 weeks (I know some already have), our babies will have a more consistent routine/pattern. You need to do the kick counts during a time when your baby is most often active during the day. I also feel mostly only wiggles, wobbles and vibrations - not very many swift, strong kicks like I remember for certain with my last pregnancy. I have a hard time remembering what movement felt like at this gestation with my first baby, but somehow (always on the cautious side) I just worry that this baby isn't moving enough. I plan to do kick counts so I can be reassured that she is and to know if there is a certain decrease so I can be proactive and protective of my baby's wellbeing if needed.

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I have never heard of doing a kick count, is this very important?
YES! This is important. To use verbage from the website referenced: ""Kicking like a mule" is how your baby tells you it's "OK". It may be uncomfortable for you at times but it's got to be reassuring too. It means your baby is active and thriving. In a survey conducted among stillbirth mothers we discovered 59% were never told by their OB's about the importance of monitoring kick counts."......... and "Counting kicks is a simple way to assess a baby's well being and costs nothing!You can track your baby's activity over time using a written log of its kicks. If you detect a decrease in movement, or any unusual increase in your baby's level of activity, it may mean your baby is in distress."

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I think when we are busy moving around a bit, our babies tend to sleep more due to the motion. I know when I am really busy, I don't feel the baby moving as much as when I am sitting or laying down.
Yes, I agree. I think it's two things - baby doens't need to move with all our motion and we often don't feel the kicks as sensitively as we would if we were in a state of stillness. I often wonder if the reason why I don't think this baby moves as much/enough is because I am constantly chasing my VERY active toddler most of the day. Maybe she is moving and I just don't feel her because I'm active and side-tracked.
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Here is another good website I found about Kick Counts:

http://www.babykickalliance.org/kickCountFaq.asp
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I think kick counts can be useful but I tend to agree with the blurb at the end of this article in that getting used to your baby's pattern is the best thing to do. But of course patterns don't start to form until about 28 weeks."

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/pregnanc...abysmovements/

"Not so long ago, women were advised to monitor their baby's movement with a fetal kick chart, where you kept a record of the times of the movements until you had noted ten kicks, hopefully by roughly the same time each day. But these charts are used less and less now as they were easy to forget about and the kick patterns didn't always match up, which caused unnecessary concern among women.

Midwife Sally Sago says, "The advice we give now is to get used to your baby's pattern during waking hours and if you feel there is a change in that pattern, inform your midwife straight away. If you are concerned we can check you out and reassure you immediately.""

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