24 Weeks Today and the Importance of Kick Counting

Today, I hit 24 weeks. The baby is now viable outside the womb. Today, I will start kick counts.

I am surprised by the number of pregnant women who don’t know what kick counts are. Although, I shouldn’t be surprised. I didn’t know what they were until my last pregnancy!

When I was pregnant with Jace, my 3rd, I didn’t know what kick counts were. I never heard of them before.

Toward the end of my pregnancy, I noticed the baby didn’t move as much, and I made a comment to the doctor. He kept insisting that it was just because the baby was bigger and didn’t have room to move. I knew in my heart that wasn’t it, but who was I? I don’t have a medical degree, I just had to trust my doctor. Doctors know everything after all, right?

At 39 weeks, I went in for my scheduled induction. The baby was born with a true knot in his cord. I’ll never forget hearing the doctor say, “Oh my God” and telling me that if the baby had been inside me as little as just one more day, he probably would not have made it.

2 years later, I got pregnant again. I still didn’t know anything about kick counts, and was scared to death the entire time because of my previous pregnancy AND because baby #4 was diagnosed with the Single Umbilical Artery – or two vessel cord. All these cord issues made me terrified!

A photographer friend of mine was pregnant the same time that I was, only her baby was due a couple of months before mine. She ended up losing him at 39 weeks because of a true knot in his cord. I remember all the “what ifs” I felt, and how it very easily coud have been ME just 2 years prior.

She has since started the Baby James Project and is an advocate on kick counts now: http://www.blairblanks.com/kickcount/ – this is her information on kick counts
http://www.blairblanks.com/james/ – this is the story of her sweet baby James.

I don’t say this to scare you, but people need to be informed. Get to know your baby. If you notice a change in movement, SAY SOMETHING. You know your baby better than anyone else. I wish I had known to do kick counts with my 3rd baby.

After Blair lost James, I started doing kick counts with my pregnancy religiously. I felt better knowing her patterns and habits.

Now that I’m pregnant again, and I am way more informed this time, I’ll be doing kick counts religiously again this time.

I’ve done LOTS of research on kick counting, and here are some great tools for starting kick counts:
http://www.baby2see.com/medical/kick_count.html
http://babykickalliance.org/kickCountChart.asp

I purchased this for my own peace of mind. Best $40 I ever spent: http://www.mom4life.com/catalog.php?item=1123

I cannot stress the importance of getting to know your baby while he/she is inside you. Even if you never do a kick count during your pregnancy, if you feel a decrease in movement, or something just feels “off,” talk to your doctor. Make them listen. I wish I had with Jace almost 4 years ago.

Ok, I promised a 24 week belly picture, so here you go:

In more news, we won ANOTHER contest!!!! I can’t believe it! Thanks, Lori!!
I think I should go buy a lottery ticket now!
Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.



Comments

  1. 1
    Jewllori by Lori says:

    WOW.. .never heard of those. Thanks for informing me, and I will be checking out each site you listed, how scary!! Thank God that Jace was fine !!

    Come check out my blog 😉

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    Danielle says:

    I knew about kick counts when I was pregnant with my one and only. I had a lot of insurance problems when I was pg. They denied my claim for prenatal care, and threatened me when I was 2 months not to have complications. I dropped them, and went insurance-less and uninsurable until Annalise was 2 months old. Because of this, I seemed to have every mother under the sun warn me about everything that “could” go wrong. I researched every little problem and practically killed myself trying to figure out the odds of it happening to me.
    Other moms were not compassionate. They all were like, “Well, this happened to me, so you better be prepared that it can happen to you.”

    I asked my doctor if I should do kick counts, and she said it wasn’t necessary. She told me, “That’s only for high risk.”
    Later on, she did tell me that if I ever became concerned that the baby wasn’t moving a lot, I should drink a sweet drink, and in time, Annalise would wake up.

    My poor doctor, too… when I had “The” ultrasound, I was asking about every little problem before she could get to it herself.

  3. 3
    Jewllori by Lori says:

    Awww you look sooo great!!! Good job on the baking momma!! Just a few more months to go 🙂

    Yaaaaa, go buy the lottery ticket.. you never know!

  4. 4
    SissyMerks says:

    You look great! You have almost made it!

  5. 5
    Lovelydaylj says:

    Wow Angie you look great!!!!
    I never knew about the kick counts thanks for the information!!

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