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March 8th, 2014, 01:56 PM
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Have any of you ladies started doing kick counts? I haven't been advised by my midwife to start yet, but for my own peace of mind I check every day. I read 10 kicks in one hour is a good basis.

I might be a little paranoid, but with all the losses on this board lately (and some in my real life).... I just want to be safe.
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March 8th, 2014, 04:08 PM
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Well in my honest opinion, 10 kicks/ hour isnt exactly realistic... because with all my boys theyve always been inactive at some point during the day. (Like my little one now I didnt feel him at all until about 10-11am, then right now he will give a ew nudges every few hours because hes probably sleeping... BUT when he is active, oh I get a good 20-30 kicks/ hour when hes most active and that happens usually 2-3 times a day depending on how active I am...
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March 8th, 2014, 05:22 PM
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I was told at my most recent appointment to do kick counts. The guidelines were to drink a glass of ice cold water and then sit down and feel for 10 movements. If that happens in less time then I'm done. If I don't get 10 after an hour try one more time and then go to labor and delivery if nothing after the 2nd hour.My problem: I have an anterior placenta so I don't always feel the little stuff.
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March 9th, 2014, 09:19 AM
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I don't really know about doing full on kick counts - but each morning and when I go to bed I lay quietly for a bit and feel for GingerBean...if I don't feel her when I normally do (now that she's on a bit of a schedule) then I will do an "official" kick count.I spoke to my doctor (not MW - only because I was there for a heartburn prescription) about baby movement and he said it's normal to sometimes not feel as much movement, esp. if the baby has turned inwards - so that helped me relax a little over kick counts and worrying when I don't feel her as strongly some days
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March 10th, 2014, 07:27 AM
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I heard that most doctor's don't suggest you start doing kick counts until 28 weeks...so I haven't started any yet (and my doctor hasn't told me to either).

As long as I get some movement each day I try to keep relaxed. He has been very quiet the last couple of days which worries me, but I normally get a kick or prod here or there at some point...just enough to know he is ok. I also try to remind myself not to worry too much as that is not good for either of us. (as I am typing this he has given me 3 prods - and I want to cry with joy, lol)
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March 10th, 2014, 07:40 AM
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My doctor said that you shouldn't start kick counts until 28 weeks, as it may not be an accurate reading before then. After 28 weeks, she said you should feel 10 kicks in 2 hours. I have a very active baby in there, but there are times when he is sleeping or less active, so I don't think I'd get 10 in just one hour.
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March 10th, 2014, 07:56 AM
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I don't so much as count her kicks/movements, as just pay attention to movement or lack thereof. I don't think I ever really did kick counts with my first, either.
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March 10th, 2014, 11:04 AM
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I heard that most doctor's don't suggest you start doing kick counts until 28 weeks...so I haven't started any yet (and my doctor hasn't told me to either).

As long as I get some movement each day I try to keep relaxed. He has been very quiet the last couple of days which worries me, but I normally get a kick or prod here or there at some point...just enough to know he is ok. I also try to remind myself not to worry too much as that is not good for either of us. (as I am typing this he has given me 3 prods - and I want to cry with joy, lol)
It's funny how just when you start to really worry - the LOs give a couple nudges almost as if to say "I'm ok mommy!" and reassure us

I was in a set panic by last Thursday when I had my regular doctor's appointment and while the doctor reassured me...it wasn't until Friday evening when GingerBean started getting really active again (and has been since!) that I was really able to relax.
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