One of the ways that a woman may decide to follow her baby’s progress during pregnancy is through the use of a kick count chart. A kick count chart is a way for you to be able to track your baby’s movements. By setting aside a few minutes each day, you can track just how active your growing baby seems to be in the womb.
For most women, those first kicks will happen some time between the 18th and 25th week of pregnancy. First-time moms tend to experience those first kicks toward the end of that time frame, while mothers who’ve been through pregnancy previously know what to look for and may notice them much earlier.
In some cases, a doctor may recommend that you keep a kick count chart in order to identify any potential problems with your baby. In fact, many doctors recommend keeping a kick count chart when you have a high risk pregnancy.
Your baby is most likely to be active after you eat a meal. For some babies, movements will increase after you’ve eaten something sweet or something cold. During the evening, when your blood sugar levels tend to drop, many women will experience their baby’s increased movement, as well.
There are a number of different ways to count your baby’s kicks, so if your doctor recommends some specific metric you should stick with that. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), you should track how long it takes you to feel your baby kick or move 10 times. You should get at least 10 movements over a two hour period, although it may take much less time.
Record those movements in a notebook, or on a kick count chart. Over time, you’ll notice patterns. If you notice a deviation from the normal pattern for a few days, it may be worth talking to your doctor. If you don’t feel 10 movements over two hours, try again. If you don’t get 10 movements after the second block of two hours, you should definitely contact your health care provider.