Saturday, August 30, 2008

Count Your Kicks

Did you know that if you count your baby's kicks during pregnancy it could save your baby's life?
Doctors suggest counting kicks starting at 28 weeks. Each day at the same time you should count the babies kicks- a jab, roll,swish or turn counts as a kick as well.

First Candle, a non profit organization that promotes safe pregnancies and the survival of the baby through his/her first year, says...

"When you are ready to begin your daily kick count routine, download this easy-to-use chart.

Make sure you note the day you begin counting, your due date and the time of day you will be counting at the top of the sheet.

Remember, each twist, turn, swish, roll or jab counts as one kick.

When you have performed your kick count for Day 1, simply check the box that corresponds with the number of minutes it took for you to feel 10 kicks. For example, if it took 15 minutes, you would go down the Day 1 column until you found the line for 11-15 minutes and put your check mark in that box. If it took an hour and 15 minutes, you would scroll down to the line for 71-75 minutes and put your check mark there.

That’s it! Continue the same process every day for each remaining week of your pregnancy. Take your chart with you to your doctor visits.

Remember, once you understand what the normal pattern for your baby is, you will be looking for any significant decrease in that pattern."

Click HERE to listen to a PSA from the Steelers kicker Jeff Reed about counting you kicks... Start Counting!!

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