From 28 weeks of pregnancy until delivery, fetal movement counting is a helpful way to keep track of your baby's activity levels. Sometimes, babies are sluggish and move less when they are having problems. Counting your baby’s movements can help your healthcare provider identify potential developing problems.
How to Count Fetal Movement
The following general instructions can help you monitor your baby's movements. Your doctor may have slightly different instructions for how to count fetal movements, sometimes called a kick count. Always follow your doctor’s individual instructions.
- You may count at any time of the day when you feel your baby is more active. Get into a position that you normally feel your baby move. Lying on your side is best. Record the time that you start counting.
- A movement may be a kick, turn or flip of the baby, and there is no set number for how many times your baby should move. The important thing is to know what is normal for your baby so you can tell your healthcare provider if something changes.
Call your healthcare provider if:
- You have not felt the baby move all day.
- It takes longer and longer each evening to get to your usual movement count.