Counting Fetal Movements

Check for fetal movements twice a day—once in the morning and once in the evening (when baby tends to be more active)—using these tips.

___ Look at the clock and begin counting every motion your baby makes.

___ When you've counted 10 movements, note the time.

___ Generally, you should notice 10 movements in 10 minutes, although it may take longer for your child to move, or for you to notice the activity.

___ Have a little snack if you haven't noticed that much activity; then try counting again.

___ If two hours pass without 10 movements, call your practitioner, just in case.

___ Make it a habit to check in regularly with your little one as your due date gets closer.

Your baby should be doing plenty of kicking in your uterus in the third trimester. If you're concerned your little one isn't moving as much as he should, here's when to worry.


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