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Kick Counts

It's normal to worry about your baby's health. One way you can knowyour baby's doing well is to record the baby's movements once a day. This is called a kick count. You will usually feel your baby move by the 20th week of pregnancy. Remember to take your kick count records to all your appointments with your healthcare provider.

Image of woman How to Count Kicks

  • Choose a time when the baby is active, such as after a meal.

  • Sit comfortably or lie on your side.

  • The first time the baby moves,write downthe time.

  • Count each movement until the baby has moved10times. This can take from 20 minutes to 2hours.

  • If the baby hasn't moved 4times in 1 hour,pat your stomach to wake the baby up.

  • Write down the time you feel the baby's 10thmovement.

  • Try to do it at the same time each day.

When to Call Your Healthcare Provider

Call your healthcare providerright awayif you notice any of the following:

  • Your baby moves fewer than 10times in4hours while you're doing kick counts.

  • Your baby moves much less often than on thedays before.

  • You have not felt your baby move all day.

Publication Source: American Pregnancy Association

Publication Source: Dr.

Online Source: American Pregnancy Association

Online Source: Dr.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2005-10-04T00:00:00-06:00

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