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The unborn baby is called a fetus. The baby’s “kicks,” or movements, are called “fetal movements.” Most pregnant women feel movement by the 20th week of pregnancy.
Your doctor may recommend that you count fetal movements to check on your unborn baby. It is also called “kick counting.” The information will help your doctor know how your baby is doing.
You can count fetal movements every day. It is easy to do and can be done anywhere. You should feel your baby move throughout the day. Your baby may be more active at different times during the day. As the baby grows, the way you feel the baby move may change.
If recommended by your doctor, count fetal movement at least once every day. The best times are after a meal or the time your baby is usually most active.
You should feel 10 movements within 2 hours. Any activity should be counted — your baby’s movements, kicks, or rolling motions. You can place your hands on your belly or lie on your side to help you feel the movements.
Write down the following information:
Most babies move 10 times the first hour. If you feel less than 10 movements in that hour, try to eat something or drink juice. Then count again the next hour. Your baby should continue to be active through the end of your pregnancy.
Call your doctor if:
Use this chart to keep track of your baby’s daily movements.
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