How to count fetal (and why) movements?

Fetal movements are an indicator of the welfare of your baby and your normal activity. According to the guidelines of the Department of Health of the United States, from 28 weeks of pregnancy, a baby must move at least 10 times over a period of two hours (although usually takes a few minutes).

The logic behind the count your baby’s movements is simple: a baby in good health, with enough oxygen and food must move; if it does it may something is wrong, especially if there is a sudden change in pattern activity.

The idea of ​​counting is reinforced by a study in Norway where researchers began to educate patients about the importance of this practice and noted, as a result, a decline in late fetal death rates.

The task of counting the kicks in your belly is really simple

During counting it worth changing position, eat or drink, interact with the baby and stimulate their movements. The only thing that counts is the hiccups, involuntary movements that are so frequent that affect the calculation (but if you want to see a video of a baby with hiccups in the womb, visit our Pregnancy and Childbirth Facebook).

Your baby usually has a pattern of activity, with regular sleep hours and periods of movement. If the first attempt to count does not produce the expected results, you can try different times of day until you find the most appropriate. If at all not feel the baby move during the day, go to the doctor immediately.

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, one of every 160 pregnancies in the United States ends in stillbirth. The usual count your baby’s movements and rapid action before its descent could help save the lives of some of those small.

The downside of fetal movement counting is subjectivity and anxiety can cause you. Do not stress unnecessarily if your baby is not moving as expected. Remember that he also has periods of rest and activity, and days when it moves more than others. Consúltale your doctor beforehand and speaks clearly about expectations, normal ranges and when to lift the alert.

The next step to confirm the well-being of your baby is a test at rest and perhaps an ultrasound.