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Pregnancy means being completely aware and alert at all times. There are so many things to take care of, that counting your baby’s kicks may be the last thing on your mind. But it is no doubt an important task! Here are a few tips to make it easier for you:
Keep time: Make sure you pick the most active times of your baby to count kicks, obviously there are going to be no kicks when he is sleeping or resting! Take the first week to determine these time-slots (pick at least 2). Once you have them, set a daily alarm for each time slot, and start counting!
Pick a comfortable position: It is important that you feel your baby’s kicks in order to count them. Figure out which position works best for you in this regard, sitting in a chair with your feet resting on a stool, lying down on your side, etc. Try out different positions and pick the most favourable one. Keep changing every couple of weeks.
The gold standard is 10-kick per hour: A healthy, normal baby whose development is on track, will make roughly 10 moves per hour. These include kicks, punches, jabs, and everything in between. However, remember that some babies might just be a bit lazy or sleepy! Establish what’s normal for your baby, and use it as your baby’s average.