Fetal Movement Counting

One of the best ways to keep track of a healthy baby is to notice the movements. Healthy babies are very active, particularly in the evening after dinner. However, some perfectly normal babies may sleep quietly for as long as 60 minutes without moving. Babies who are having problems are sluggish and move less. Counting movements can give your provider a warning of developing problems.

You should begin the counting routine below at the beginning of the 7th month (28 weeks) of pregnancy. The instructions below are to help you and your doctor be sure that your baby is feeling well.


1. You may count any time of the day, when you feel the baby is most active. For most women, this will be in the evening after dinner when you are lying down and quiet. Lying on your side is best. Record the time you start counting.

2. Count 10 separate times the baby moves. A movement may be a kick, a turn, or a flip.

3. Take note of the time you feel the 10th movement. If you can count 10 movements in less than two hours, stop counting until tomorrow.

4. If you are counting during the day and you do not count 10 movements in two hours, repeat the counting routine in the evening. If you do not feel 10 movements in two hours, call us.



  • As the baby gets closer to the due date, movements may be more restricted.
  • The baby may move all 10 times in a half hour or less.
  • The baby may take up to two hours to move 10 times.
  • The important thing is to know what is normal for your baby so you can tell your doctor when something different is happening.
  • Babies are more active after you eat. If you haven’t eaten anything you may feel limited movements.

Call the Office (557-5959) if:

  • You do not feel 10 movements in two hours
  • You have not felt the baby move all day
  • It is taking longer each evening to get to the 10th movement