Counting kicks is important because a change in movement can be an early sign of distress in a baby.
When will I start to feel kick?
First-time moms will usually start feeling the kicks closer to 25 weeks, while second-time or other moms may feel those kicks sooner, at around 18 weeks.
What does a kick feel like?
During the first few weeks, you may not be able to distinguish actual kicks from bowel movements and gas gurgles. However, you may soon notice a recurring pattern based on Your Child’s sleep-wake cycle.
Benefits of kick counting
Paying attention to your baby’s movements will help you notice any significant changes. Setting aside time every day when you know Your Child is active to count kicks may help identify potential problems and prevent stillbirth, especially for mothers with high-risk pregnancies. Try our kick counting feature!
Good times for kick counting
Most expecting moms find their babies most active after eating a meal (especially if the meal tastes sweet), drinking a cold drink, or engaging in physical activity. Your Child may be more active between 9:00 pm, and 1:00 am when your blood sugar level is likely to be reduced.
Find the right position for counting kicks
Find a comfortable position when Your Child is usually most active, and record their kicks using the kick counter in our app by hitting the foot every time you feel a movement. Some mothers find that lying on the left side may cause their babies to move more, as this position increases blood flow.
How many kicks to expect
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that you time how long it takes you to feel 10 kicks, flutters, swishes, or rolls. Ideally, you should feel at least 10 movements within 2 hours. Do not panic if you don’t feel all 10 movements; Your Child may simply be sleeping.
Identifying real problems
If two hours go by and you recorded less than 10 movements, eat or drink something and count for another two hours. If you do not record 10 movements in the next 2-hour period, contact your doctor.
Dr. Piyawut Kreetapirom, MD. (30 March 2021)