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 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: