Kick Counts

It’s normal to worry about your baby’s health. Generally, you will feel your baby start to move in your 2nd trimester at around 16 to 24 weeks. Getting to know the pattern of your baby's movements is one way to know what's normal for you and baby. This is called a kick count. Talk with your healthcare provider about kick counts and your specific situation. Always follow your provider's instructions.

How to count kicks

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Here is just one way to do kick counts. Always follow your healthcare provider's instructions. Starting at 28 weeks, count your baby's movements daily. Time how long it takes you to feel 10 kicks, flutters, swishes, or rolls. Ideally, you want to feel at least 10 movements in 2 hours. You will likely feel 10 movements in less time than that.

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 haven't 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

Follow your provider's instructions about when to call about your baby's movements. Don't hesitate to call if you have concerns.

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 haven't felt your baby move all day.

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