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    Kick Counts: Instructions on Counting Your Baby's Movement

    A simple way to check your baby's well-being is to pay attention to how much your baby is moving. Most babies move at least ten (10) times within two hours.

    Count your baby's movements once a day, at the same time each day:

    • Lie on your left side and focus on your baby's movements: rolls, kicks or flutters.

    • Use the chart below to record the number of minutes it takes to feel your baby move ten (10) times.

    • You may stop counting after your baby has moved ten (10) times.

    • Do this once a day at approximately the same time each day. (Babies' activity levels are usually higher in the evening after dinner.)
    If your baby does not move at least ten (10) times in two (2) hours or if there is a sudden decrease in movement, call your doctor.

    Daily Kick Counts
    Record the number of minutes it takes to feel your baby move 10 times.
    Start on the day of the week closest to your current week of pregnancy (weeks of gestation).

    Daily Kick Counts by Week of Pregnancy
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    Remember: if your baby does not move at least ten (10) times in two (2) hours or if there is a sudden decrease in movement, call your doctor.


    Produced by the Center for Patient and Community Education in association with the Women and Children's Center at California Pacific Medical Center. Date: 3/06


    Funded by: A generous donation from the Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Ciocca Foundation.

    Note: This information is not meant to replace any information or personal medical advice which you get directly from your doctor(s). If you have any questions about this information, such as the risks or benefits of the treatment listed, please ask your doctor(s).