Do you feel your baby move every day of your pregnancy? – Count the kicks

Counting the kicks (movements) of your baby on a daily basis is a simple way of assuring yourself that baby is fine.

It is NOT true that babies move less towards the end of pregnancy

In the Study of Maternal Observations and Memories of Stillbirths (MOMS Study), 5,000 mums with stillbirths participated in answering questions regarding their pregnancy. 50 per cent of the moms reported gradual decreased fetal movement several days prior to death. 56 per cent of mums reported that this decreased movement was the first reason to believe that there was something wrong.

Source: www.countthekicks.org/about/resources/

When should I start to feel movement?

Most women usually begin to feel their baby move around 16-24 weeks of pregnancy. A baby’s movements can be described as anything from a kick, flutter, or a roll.

How often should baby move?

There is no set number of normal movements. Your baby will develop their own routine and pattern of movements that you should get to know. From 16-24 weeks on you should feel the baby move more and more up until 32 weeks, then the pattern stays roughly the same until you give birth.

The type of movement may change as your pregnancy progresses.

You should continue to feel your baby move right up to the time you go into labour and whilst you are in labour too.

Why should I be checking every day?

A reduction in a baby’s movements can sometimes be an important warning sign that a baby is unwell. Many women who had a stillbirth noticed their baby’s movements had slowed down or stopped.

What happens if I notice baby isn’t moving so much?

If you think your baby’s movements have slowed down or stopped, drink a really cold glass of water and see if your baby reacts to this. If you still feel that baby hasn’t moved contact your midwife, maternity unit or local hospital immediately.

DO NOT:

  • Put off calling until later to see what happens.
  • Worry about it maybe being a false alarm, your medical team need to know that you have concerns
  • Rely on any hand-held monitors, phone apps or dopplers to check your baby’s heartbeat. Even if you detect a heartbeat, this does not mean your baby is well

What if my baby’s movements stop again?

If, after your check up, you are still not happy with your baby’s patter of movement, you must contact your midwife, maternity unit or hospital straight away, even if everything was normal last time.

Never hesitate to contact your midwife or the maternity unit for advice; no matter how many times this happens.

Read more at www.countthekicks.org and www.kickscount.org.uk

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