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A guide to counting your baby’s movements

What is Fetal Movement Counting?
Healthy babies are usually active. Unborn babies sleep for short periods of time, but most of the time they will kick, roll, twist and turn. Counting your baby’s movements is a way to tell how your baby is doing. During the time he is awake, a healthy baby usually moves at least 10 times in 1 hour.

Doctors and midwives usually recommend that you begin counting movements around the 7th month of pregnancy (about 28 weeks). As you get to know your baby’s movement pattern, you will be able t o report any changes to your care provider. Most healthy babies will be awake and active at least 3 times each day. If at the end of the day you have noticed a significant decrease in your baby’s normal movement pattern, please contact Bella Natural Women’s Care.

There are different ways to monitor a baby’s movement. You may wish to ask your prenatal care provider which method he or she prefers.

How do I Count My Baby’s Movements?

1. Choose a time of day that your baby is usually active. Try to count around the same time each day.
(It may be best to count after a meal.)
2. Get in a comfortable position. You can lie down or sit in a chair with your feet up.
3. Write down the date and time that you begin counting your baby’s movements.
4. Continue counting until your baby has moved 10 times. Count any movements including kicks, rolls, swishes, or flutters.
5. After your baby has moved 10 times, write down the time on your chart.
6. If you can’t feel your baby move, try to wake the baby by drinking a glass of juice or walking around for few minutes. You may even nudge the baby gently on your abdomen. Then start counting again.

What Should I do if My Baby Doesn’t Move?
If at the end of the day you have noticed a significant drop in your baby’s activity, please call Bella Natural Women’s Care.

Example of Charting Baby Movements: