Pregnancy: Kick Counts - Topic Overview
After 18 to 20 weeks, you will notice that your baby moves
and kicks more at certain times of the day. For example, when you are active,
you may feel less kicking than when you are resting quietly. At your prenatal
visits, your doctor may ask you whether the baby is active.
Kick counts. In the last trimester of your pregnancy, your doctor may ask you
to keep track of the baby's movement every day. This is often called a "kick
count." A common way to do a kick count is to see how much time it takes to
feel 10 movements. Ten movements (such as kicks, flutters, or rolls) in 1 hour
or less are considered normal. But do not panic if you do not feel 10
movements. Less activity may simply mean the baby is sleeping.
you do not feel 10 movements during the course of 1 hour, keep counting for a
second hour. If you count less than 10 movements during a 2-hour period, call
your doctor immediately.