Fetal Kick Count Record

Inside the app you can access the kick count tracker by pressing + on the “My baby” section.

A good way to check your baby at home is to count the number of kicks or movements each day. You can use this tool to reassure yourself and medical personnel that your baby is doing well inside your womb.

Each Baby is an Individual and has its own personality. Therefore, counting should take places at that time of the day or evening when your baby is usually most active, or after you have eaten.

  1. Begin by finding a relaxing place where you will be able to concentrate.
  2. If possible, lie on your side and place your hand on your abdomen.
  3. Count each fetal movement. Remember that all movement count (flutters, rolls, kicks and swishes).
  4. The first time you feel your baby move, write down the time as your start time.
  5. Once you have reached the 10th movement, stop counting and write down your stop time, (see the sample chart below).
  6. At the end of 2 hours, if the baby has not kicked or moved 10 times, or if there is a notable difference in your perception of movement from one day to the next, please notify your doctor immediately. If you are unable to contact the doctor, please proceed to the Labor and Delivery Unit at Inova Alexandria Hospital, located on the second floor.

Group B Strep

One of many common bacteria that live in the human body without causing harm to healthy people. It is found in the intestine, rectum and vagina in 2 out of every 10 pregnant women. It is NOT a sexually transmitted disease and it is NOT an infection. At the time of birth, if the mother has GBS, the baby can be exposed. There is a 1 in 200 chance that the baby can develop pneumonia or a blood infection from exposure.

At approximately 36 weeks, every pregnant woman is tested for GBS by swabbing a small q-tip on the outer part of the vagina and anus. If you test GBS positive, you will be given penicillin during labor to prevent the baby from getting a GBS infection. If you are allergic to penicillin, you can receive different antibiotics. Please let us know at your visit if you are allergic to penicillin. If you call our nurse triage line because your water breaks or you think you are in labor, please let us know your GBS positive status.


Going Past Your Due Date

At Physicians and Midwives, our highest priority is ensuring a safe delivery of every baby. We set guidelines to assure that each patient is given the best opportunity to have the childbirth experience that she wants, with certain safeguards in place to protect her health and that of her precious cargo. Please refer to the link on our website to see more specific guidelines for a postdate pregnancy.