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Your Baby’s Kicks Count!

10-DE-Blog_5.30.145Did you know your baby’s kicks are telling you something?

Counting kicks during every pregnancy is important, even if you’ve delivered healthy babies before. It helps you monitor your baby’s health, may help to prevent stillbirth, and gives you more time to see your doctor or provider if your baby falls out of his or her normal routine.  You should keep track of your baby’s kicks beginning the 24th week of pregnancy.

Counting kicks:

–          Is a great way to bond with your baby

–          Is free, easy to do, and doesn’t take long

–          Helps you get to know the personality of your baby by movement patterns

–          Helps you know when to call your health care provider and share information about your baby’s movements

Ready to get started? The goal for you is “10 in 2!”  You want to count 10 kicks within a 2-hour period.  If you don’t feel 10 kicks in 2 hours, go to the labor and delivery unit at your hospital, no matter what time of day it is or what day of the week.  Tell them, “My baby isn’t moving.”

Click here to learn what counts as a kick, the best way to count them, and to download a tracking log.