Kick Counts

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It’s normal to worry about your baby’s health. One way you can know your baby’s doing well is to record the baby’s movements once a day. This is called a kick count. Remember to take your kick count records to all your appointments with your healthcare provider.

How to count kicks

Time how long it takes you to feel 10 kicks, flutters, swishes, or rolls. Ideally, you want to feel at least 10 movements within 2 hours. You will likely feel 10 movements in less time than that.

Starting at 28 weeks, count your baby's movements daily. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions for kick counting. Here are tips for counting 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 down the time. 

  • Count each movement until the baby has moved 10 times. This can take from 20 minutes to 2 hours. 

  • If you have not felt 10 kicks by the end of the second hour, wait a few hours. Then try again.

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

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your healthcare provider right away if:

  • You do a couple sets of kick counts during the day and your baby moves fewer than 10 times in 2 hours

  • Your baby moves much less often than on the days before.

  • You have not felt your baby move all day.

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