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Kick Counts
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Sarah McMoyler, RN posted:
Here's how to check in on your baby's well being from home:

Once you are 27 weeks, begin doing Kick Counts once a day —evening is a good time:

-After supper, that included some fluids and while you are resting —feet up, relaxing
-Begin counting "kicks" or movements, like swishing, swirling, grinding or real kicks
-You are looking for five movements in an hour (most will feel five within minutes!)
-If your baby is being "quiet" and not giving the reassuring kicks — call your OB/Midwife or Labor and Delivery

They will probably want you to come into the hospital for further investigation.

Kick Counts are recommended once a day after 27 weeks, including during labor at home. Once you get to the hospital, your nurse will take over monitoring the baby.

Sarah McMoyler RN, BSN
www.thebestbirth.com
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