Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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Fetal Movement Counts

At my last appointment the doctor I met with told me about counting the fetal movements and keeping a log of them.  He wanted to make sure that Levi was kicking, punching, or rolling around at least 10 times in one hour daily, and if I didn’t get 10 counts in an hour then drink a bottle of water and wait and then try again.  I have my next appointment with that same doctor in a little over a week and I can’t remember if I was supposed to start the log THEN or wait until I was a couple weeks further along.

Here’s the thing, I don’t have a log recorded yet, but not because I’m defying the doctor’s orders.  I keep forgetting to start a log and once I remember it’s too late.  I’m supposed to pick a time in the morning or evening when he’s most active and by the time I remember he’s already settling down for bed.

Levi moves so much in an hour it's hard to keep count!

Levi has been moving around so much lately that I can honestly say it doesn’t take an hour for me to feel 10 fetal movements; it’s more like 5-10 minutes.  I don’t know if that’s normal or if he’s just a really active baby, so when I let the doctor know that for the past 2 weeks Levi’s been a 5-10 minute fetal mover,  maybe he won’t need a log in writing?  I’m sure I’m jumping ahead of myself and I need to go ahead and start logging, but even when I set a reminder I somehow seem to still forget.

Does your baby move around as much as Levi seems to?  Did you keep a fetal movement log?  If so, how long did it take your baby to make 10 fetal movements?  Was it more, less or approximately an hour?

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3 Comments on “Fetal Movement Counts”

  • Breanna Sykes January 24th, 2011 10:27 am

    That’s just your doc’s way of having you do fetal counts. Everyone has to do them. If you know he is moving at least 10 times in an hour then your fine and you can just tell him that. And that is normal. Some babies are super active and some aren’t but they should all be doing at least 10 movements an hour.

  • Jessica Brown Jessica Brown January 24th, 2011 2:39 pm

    Ok good, thanks girl! I was dreading a lecture at my next appointment tomorrow from the doctor asking me why I didn’t do it lol

  • Breanna Sykes January 24th, 2011 3:08 pm

    Unless your doctor is a total grouch I don’t think he would lecture you. As long as you know that Levi is moving enough that is all he is going to care about.

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