Feeling the baby move is one of the most exciting parts of pregnancy. Although every pregnancy is different, most women feel movement between 18 and 24 weeks. While formal “kick counts” are not necessary to perform every day, you should pay attention to how your baby moves throughout the day so you know what is normal for your baby.
Here are some general guidelines for movement based on gestational age.
Between 24-32 weeks: 10 movements throughout the day: any kick, roll, push, turn, or shrug counts!
32 weeks – delivery: You should notice a minimum of 3 active periods throughout the entire day: babies do not move all day, but you should not go more than 3-4 waking hours without noticing some activity. Once you have gone to sleep for the night, do not worry about movement.
If your baby’s movements change drastically or you are feeling less movement or you are concerned about the baby in any way:
-Lay down in a quiet place
-Eat or drink something cold or sweet
-Count for 2 hours
-If there are less than 10 movements call the office 312-775-1100