Your doctor may recommend that you begin tracking your baby’s movements around week 28 of your pregnancy. Use these kick-counting tips to keep up with your little mover and shaker.
- Find a comfortable position so baby has plenty of opportunity to show her stuff. Many moms like to sit down with a good book or lie comfortably on their left side.
Plan your kick-counts for a period when baby is usually active, such as after a meal or right before bedtime.
Note how much time passes before you’ve felt 10 movements. Ideally, you want to notice at least 10 movements in two hours, although it will likely take much less time.
If baby appears to be sleepy and more still than usual, don’t fret. Eat something sweet, drink something cold, or take a quick walk around the block to wake her up, then start your kick-count again.