Fetal Movement Count

Fetal Movement Count

 

Your health care provider will tell you when to start checking for fetal movement, also called kick counts. It often begins with the 7th month of pregnancy. It involves counting the number of times your baby moves in two hours. Your baby naturally moves and then sleeps. When moving, your baby may feel like a kick, ripple, twist or rolling in your abdomen. As baby gets bigger, you may also feel stretching and pulling. 

Do kick counts one or two times a day as instructed by your health care provider. After you eat a meal is often a good time.

 

How to do kick counts

  1. Lay on your left or right side. 
  2. Use a clock, watch or mobile phone to record the time. Set the timer for two hours.
  3. Each time your baby moves, make a mark in a table or on a piece of paper.

 

What the kick counts mean

  • If your baby moves 10 times or more in two hours, you may stop counting. Your baby is probably healthy and doing well.
  • If your baby moves less than 10 times in two hours, call your provider or come to the Labor and Delivery Unit.

 

Sample record 

This is an example of a kick counts record. Bring your record to your prenatal visits and share your counts with your provider. If your baby moves less than 10 times in two hours, call your provider or come to the Labor and Delivery Unit.

Date

Start Time

End Time

Total Movement

11/01/15

7:15 am

9:15 am

/ / / / /   / / / / /   /     =     11

11/01/15

6:15 pm

8:15 pm

/ / / / /   / / / / /   / /     =     12

 

 

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