The process of pregnancy always carries many risks for the mother and fetus. To minimize unexplained stillbirths, obstetricians recommend that you should count your pregnancy daily.
Why should mothers count gestational movements every day?
According to the World Health Organization, in 2009, there were about 2.6 million fetuses died from 28 weeks (3rd quarter of pregnancy) onwards. It means that there was one death in 45 live births. The death rate is highest in South Asia and Sub- Saharan Africa (1 fetal death in 33 live births) and is lowest in Western Europe and North America.
Even with the most advanced surveys and assessments available today, 25% of all stillbirths cannot determine. 75% can identify the most common cause in the order of obstetric complications, placental abnormalities, congenital disabilities, infections, umbilical cord abnormalities, hypertension disorders and other conditions of the mother.
To reduce unexplained maternal abortion in high and low-risk mothers, obstetricians around the world recommend that mothers count their pregnancy movements each day, starting at week 28. Usually, the mother can feel the fetus moving noticeably at an average of 22 weeks for the first child and 16 weeks for the second child. And these “donkey kicks” is how the fetus informs the pregnant mother that “I am okay.”
How to count fetus movements every day?
Choosing a time to count fetal movements
Every day, mom should monitor the fetus at the same time. And the best time should be after dinner when you are lying down and relax. You should focus on counting the fetus movement within 1 hour and recording the number of changes. An evening tonight is when the fetus is most active.
The number of fetus movements is usually highest at around 28-32 weeks and then decreases slightly by the time of birth. At birth preparation, the average number of fetus movements in one hour was 31.
Time counting method for ten fetus movements
Counting time for ten fetus movements is the most popular method today. The average time to score ten fetal movements is very variable, which can range from 10 to 21 minutes, according to different research groups. 90% of women rely on ten moves within 25 minutes at 28-36 weeks.
And the most important thing is if the number of fetus movements is less than ten within 2 hours. It is a sign of danger, and you should go to the hospital as soon as possible.
The reduction of the fetal movements can occur in the following situations:
- Too much or too little amniotic fluid
- Overdue pregnancy or intrauterine growth retardation
- Multiple pregnancies
- A maternal condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
In this case, the doctor will evaluate the situation by monitoring the profile of the fetus.
So, to be a mother is your instinct. But it also very scientific aspects that you will need to study and obtain as much knowledge as possible. That is why we want to give you as much experience as possible. And we hope that it will help you to have a safe and comfortable pregnancy.