Navigate Up

Pregnancy Center - A-Z Index


Print This Page

Monitor The Baby's Movements

Monitor The Baby's Movements

36 Week Fetus

As you start your ninth month and look down at your burgeoning belly, you might notice a passing leg or arm poke out or punch you. But sometimes, you might sense a quietness that makes you wonder just what is going on inside. Usually the peak of baby movement activity takes place at 28 weeks. It may slow down a little as you get closer to your due date, simply because the baby has a very limited amount of space to move around, now that he is so big!

Sometimes women are asked to keep a record of how many baby movements they feel in 1-2 hours. This may be something you do as the only test, or it may be in conjunction with some other monitoring that will be done at the doctor's office or a hospital facility. Generally, this is done to check the well being of the baby (how is the baby doing inside your uterus). You may even be asked to keep track of the movements and to record your findings from home. A common number used is 10 movements (any kind of movement such as punches, kicks, rolling, etc.) within 1 hour. The time of day that you decide to monitor the movement really does not matter, but for some reason it is more common to feel more activity in the late evening or after a meal. Every woman and baby are different, so whatever time of day works best for you will likely be fine. It is common to be told to lie on your left side in order to be able to focus on feeling the activity and actually keeping track of it. You will be communicating this information to your health care provider.

NOTE: If your baby's movements drop dramatically, call your doctor without delay.

Updated: 12/9/2012

Irina Burd, MD, PhD, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

©  UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Supplemental content provided by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions. All rights reserved.

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

For UPMC Mercy Patients: As a Catholic hospital, UPMC Mercy abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As such, UPMC Mercy neither endorses nor provides medical practices and/or procedures that contradict the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA