One thing that's expected during pregnancy is feeling your unborn baby kick inside you when you're somewhere between 16 to 18 weeks along. When it happens the very first time, it may surprise you because you never know when it'll happen. But once you realize that your baby is kicking in your womb, it feels amazing and even magical. It's crazy to feel your growing baby moving about whenever.
While feeling your unborn baby kick inside you is great, it's not something you should just brush off or not give a second thought to. It's important for you to count your baby's kicks during your pregnancy. It may seem like a nuisance- after all, you have other obligations (family, work, etc.) that seem more important than figuring out how many times your baby kicks you on a regular basis.
Having said that, experts continue to stress the importance of consistently counting your baby's kicks. It's recommended that you start doing this when you're 28 weeks pregnant. That's because noting baby's kick count is your way of seeing how much your baby moves during the day. If you notice a decrease in movement, that usually means that there's something wrong with your baby. Such issues include a ruptured amniotic sac or a decrease in amniotic fluid, among others.
So, how does one count their unborn baby's kicks? Experts suggest that you do so during a time when your baby is typically most active. When you're confident that your baby is awake, sit down with your feet or lie down on your side. After that, count each movement that your baby makes inside your womb.
Keep track of how long it takes for your baby to make 10 movements inside of you. A kick typically takes 10 to 15 minutes to happen. However, it's worth noting that it can take upwards of two hours to do so. Also, if you're overweight, you may find it trickier to notice your baby's kicks. Regardless, experts say that if it takes over two hours to count 10 kicks from your baby, you should let your doctor or health professional know. You should also contact them if you notice a decrease in kicks from your baby. They'll likely perform a non-stress test to check the baby's heart rate and ensure that everything's okay.
Feeling your baby kick inside you isn't just a great feeling; it's also important. It ensures that they're growing and developing in a healthy manner. Counting your baby's kicks every day from 28 weeks onwards will help give you an idea of their health, as well as note just how active they are. Plus, it gives you yet another excuse to bond with your unborn baby, which is always time well spent!