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20 July 2010

Week 29 Pregnancy Tip: Counting Baby's Kicks

Have you counted your baby's kicks today? no

Once you've passed week 28, you should be counting them every day. vvvhat.

To make sure that you do — and to make sure that everything's A-OK in your belly — make a habit of counting your baby's kicks twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
Best to do your counting lying down (since babies are more likely to kick up when Mom's lying down — a pattern they tend to continue after they're born). If you can't lie down, sit. Count any and all movements (even swishes and rolls) until you hit ten. If you haven't reached ten within an hour (your little Rockette may just be on her break right now), have a light snack and try again — that blood-sugar rush is likely to get baby on the move again. andd--if after the torturous hour ten movements haven't been reached--then what?

Just remember that fewer than ten movements within two hours warrants a call to your practitioner. Chances are everything's fine, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. and I'm sure she would love that. "Oh, hello practitioner--I haven't felt the normal ten kicks in the past hour..panicpanicpanicpanicpanic"

I'm no pregnancy guru but this was the first I had heard of the kick counting exercise. It seems like a lot of unnecessary stress-inducing nonsense to me.
I think I'll just trust that my 'little rockette' is getting in her recommended daily kick quota on her own.

and in a follow up to the recent "Simon Also Says" post--

I just was asked by Simon:

"would you ever want to go to a dump with me??"

My polite answer was..."no, thank you"


  1. ahahahahahah! go to the dump with him. it will be an adventure into the psyche of Mr. Patton.

    i have NEVER heard about these kicks either. I will ask around. what does your mom say to this advice? yeah, just another cause for panic. what if your baby kicks plenty but not TEN times?



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