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How often should I feel my growing baby move?
In the beginning, it will be erratic, so don’t sweat it if you go for long stretches without remembering there’s a little person-to-be doing flips inside you. But around the beginning of your third trimester, your baby’s movements will become more regular and your doctor will ask you to be on the lookout for a decrease in movement. “Every provider tells their patients something a little bit different,” says Jennifer Keller, M.D., assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. “Some tell them to look for about 10 movements per day, some say ‘pick an hour, concentrate on the baby and look for three or four movements in that hour.’” Consult with your doctor for specific instructions.
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