Many pregnant mamas I've known place a lot of importance on baby kicks. Baby kicks are important, but you also...
Many pregnant mamas I've known place a lot of importance on baby kicks. Baby kicks are important, but you also don't have to panic if kicks slow a little toward your baby's expected due date As babies grow they run out of room and seem less active - it's not usually a big deal. It only means you're closer to welcoming your little one to the world. That said, it is wise to do periodic kick counts. A kick count is how you can assess your baby's movements. This can include flutters, kicks, rolling, and any other baby activity going on in your belly. By about 28 weeks - sooner for second time mamas - you can start doing kick counts. Each time your baby moves you can count that as one kick count. For example, many health care professionals consider about 10 movements in a two hour period a healthy and normal amount. Try and do one or two kick counts a day. During the day you may feel less because your activity (walking and such) sooths your baby to sleep. At night, when your calm, your little one wakes up and starts popping about. When to worry:
  • If your kick counts are extremely low.
  • If you can't remember the last time your baby moved.
  • If your baby is moving but not quite as much and you have a funny feeling - seriously, mama feelings are often smack on.
Call your health care provider right away. Don't forget though, all babies sleep and have periods of relaxation, just like us. Also, factor in that your baby may be out of room. Still, if you're concerned call your health care provider. It's always better to be safe, and that's what your provider is there for.

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