I’m in my 3rd trimester now and am supposed to start counting kicks. According to CountTheKicks.org: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that you note the time it takes to feel 10 kicks, jabs, turns, swishes, or rolls (not hiccups). A healthy baby should have 10 kicks in less than 2 hours. Most babies will take less than 30 minutes.
Some days I could get 10 kicks in 2 minutes. But sometimes I think I have a lazy baby. I feel maybe one kick an hour. And sometimes it feels like several hours before I feel something. During those times I freak out and run for the Doppler. However, the site (and many others) cautions against depending on the Doppler because by the time the heart slows or stops, it may be too late. So a baby in distress will sound just fine.
But here’s where the Doppler helps me out- my guy LOVES to kick it! Every time I get it out he will wake up and kick right where I’m pressing. Likewise, he goes absolutely bananas when they are pressing down on him with the ultrasound. So if I don’t notice kicks for a little while, and do not have the Doppler nearby, I just simulate the movement with my finger. I press down a little and try different spots on my belly. I can usually get a response in just a few minutes.
This evening I’m going to officially start the kick counting since he seems to be most active in the evenings when I’m relaxing after work. Hoping all goes well and he does his thing without too much prodding!