Do Kick Counts Count?

A kick count is something some OBs and midwives like pregnant ladies to do during their third trimester. There are a few different ways to do it but the most typical is to pick a time of day when your baby is usually active, sit or lie down and relax, and then time how long it takes to feel 10 fetal movements. Sometimes these movements are real, swift Rockette-style kicks to your rib cage (thanks, son) or sometimes they feel like sweeps or rolls as baby shifts around. All these movements count. It could take as long as two hours to feel 10 movements but it’s usually less than that. Babies develop clear patterns of movement starting around 28 weeks, and any deviations from that pattern can be an indication of distress.  Of course at the end they have less space, so the movements might feel different, but the frequency and timing should remain the same. Your care provider may want you to keep a journal or log each day of the time so you can see if it changes drastically one day from the next.

So what’s the purpose of doing the kick count anyway? Some care providers feel it is safe and simple way to monitor the well-being of your baby everyday. The idea is that a significant change in your baby’s day-to-day movement may be a clear signal of a potential problem with your pregnancy. It’s an easy way to detect if your baby is in any major danger because healthy fetuses move around a lot. However, a recent clinical, randomized study of 68,654 pregnant women found that monitoring fetal kicks did not decrease the rate of stillbirth in average-risk pregnancies. In this study, maternal perception of decreased movement was not statistically linked to fetal outcome. I should note that the validity of this study has been called into question because the participants were told what they were studying (hardly blind) and some feel that skewed the results.

So where does that leave you? Well, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists does not recommend for or against daily kick counting in normal, healthy pregnancies. If your OB or midwife suggests you do this, you can ask why he/she feels it’s necessary for you, especially if you think collecting this data will drive you batshit crazy with worry. But hey, at the end of the day, it might be nice to have reason to put your feet up. You can be all, “Sorry honey, I can’t cook dinner/feed the dog/discuss our taxes right now. I have to do my kick count!” And then hoist yourself onto the couch and bond with that little babe of your for an hour or so. 

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More Clever Pregnant Halloween Costumes

Mwwhahaha it's Halloween season, well, according to Walmart and Pinterest it is. Hot damn, I love halloween! 

So, you may remember my first Pregnant Halloween Costume post. Killer, right? 

Well, I've found even more because people are brilliant. 

Check it out:

 

thecostumeworks.com

thecostumeworks.com

The bald cap and moustache topped off with the chest hair just makes this costume rock.

 
Pinterest

Pinterest

I suppose you could cheat this with a regular maternity top, but I really think this was well done with the stripes. If you know the source for it let me know because the link on Pinterest just leads to a worm hole in Narnina. 

 
currystrumpet.com

currystrumpet.com

How adorable is this girl in her Angry Bird costume? Such a smart and simple idea. Although, there would always be a looming danger that someone would hurl you into a bunch of boxes screaming "Aiyaaaa" to take out green pigs.

 

 
coolest-homemade-costumes.com

coolest-homemade-costumes.com

Yes! Marge Gunderson from Fargo. Brilliant! There's no way I could have handled the heat in this getup for an indoor party, but doing the rounds in the neighbourhood with my little candy hounds? Perfect! "Ah, hon, ya got Arby's all over me."

 

 
countryliving.com

countryliving.com

This isn't maternity but I thought it would make a perfect costume when you're pregnant with a built in globe. Also, check out the whole post if you're a halloween fan because they've put together some really cool craft ideas. 

 
evilmilk.com

evilmilk.com

When I first saw this photo I just got mad. Mad that I didn't think of this. That is what you use those damn half-doll faces for! I honestly think this is what I'm going to wear for halloween this year. I can eat and drink without havng to worry about my mom paunch and it has a nice brand tie in to Pregnant Chicken. Marketing!

 
instructables.com

instructables.com

I am just so impressed with the ingenuity and effort that went into this costume.  The most expensive part was actually the ball which you already have built in so there's a win, but I'm not sure what the best way to attach the mirror to you. Maybe just a black maternity tee? 

 
babycenter.com

babycenter.com

This gal gets a slow, standing clap from me. A headless horseman. Dang.  I can't tell how she's allowed for vision (maybe she just buttoned up for the picture) but getting chips in  my face would be essential no matter how cool the costume was.

 
coolest-homemade-costumes.com

coolest-homemade-costumes.com

Aye, the wee lass as a pot 'o gold with her leprechaun. I can't get over how beautifully executed both of their costumes are. Well done or "maith thú" as they say on the Emerald Isle!

 
coolest-homemade-costumes.com

coolest-homemade-costumes.com

Again, not a maternity costume, but what a great idea for dressing up (or hiding) a bump.  It *might* be hard to pee in but if you didn't wear underwear and just paused in the bushes you could bypass that small hurdle.

 

 
theforce.net

theforce.net

bitrebels.com

bitrebels.com

Both of these Death Star costumes warms my nerd heart. You could do this or simply goes dressed as Princess Leia in her slave bikini in Jabba the Hut's Palace – depending on the statement you're trying to make.  

 

So there you have it. Aren't those great?!

As always, feel free to send me pictures or links to any other kick ass costumes you make, wear or find and I'll add them to the post. 

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Clever One-Second-Every-Day Pregnancy Video

Someone passed this video along to me and I just love it.  When I first read the title I assumed it was going to be a day-by-day time lapse of a growing belly (I love those) but I was wrong. 

This video shows a second from each day during this woman's pregnancy that shows their dogs, their activities, their family, and just, well, their lives.  It's so beautiful.

It's cool now, but imagine how mindblowingly awesome it's going to be for their daughter (spoiler, sorry) to watch one day. How neat will it be to see what was going on in her parents' lives just before she was born?

Just brilliant. 

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