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Counting Kicks During Pregnancy
Starting at the third trimester, begin counting! Counting kicks is a great way to monitor your baby’s well-being in addition to prenatal visits.
Recording your baby’s movements is important and can help prevent stillbirth.
- Download the no-cost Count the Kicks® app.
- Track each movement (kicks, jabs, pokes and rolls) as one kick.
- Count kicks every day—preferably at the same time when your baby is most active, usually after you’ve had a snack or light meal.
- Time how long it takes your baby to get to 10 movements.
- After a few days, you will begin to see an average length of time it takes to get to 10.
Every pregnancy and every baby are different.
Knowing the average amount of time it takes your baby to get to 10 movements is key. Notify your doctor immediately if there is a change in what’s “normal” for your baby.
Counting kicks is also a great way to bond with your baby during pregnancy. A change in movement, whether a decrease or rapid increase, is sometimes the earliest or only indication that your baby should be checked by a doctor.
Pay attention to the strength of your baby’s movements and notify your doctor if your baby’s movements become weaker.
Counting kicks is what moms should do.
With the Count the Kicks® app, you can:
- Choose from 14 languages.
- View easy-to-read graphs that show your baby’s normal movement history.
- Track movements for single babies or twins.
- Download your sessions to share with your doctor or family.
- Get daily reminders so you never forget to count your baby’s kicks.
Time. Count. Pattern. If you notice any significant changes, call your doctor.
Source: CountTheKicks.org, CDC.gov
This information is for education purposes only and is not for diagnosis or treatment. Use of this information should be in accordance with your health care provider.