How is Your Baby Moving

Once you are in the third trimester (32 weeks of gestation or more), one of the best ways to be reassured that your baby is healthy is to feel a normal amount of baby's movement every day until your baby is born. Here are some guidelines for how much movement is considered normal:

  • If you are paying attention to baby's movements, you should notice your baby moves (wiggles, squirms, rolls around, or kicks) at least 10 times in 2 hours if he or she is awake. Babies may sleep for a few hours, but never more then half the day should go by without movements noted. 
  • Choose at least 2 times out of the day to think about baby's movements. If you do not recall good movement then you may need to encourage your baby to move by eating, drinking something cold, making a little noise, or gently massaging your belly. 
  • Please call your doctor or nurse midwife at any time if you feel like your baby is not moving enough or if your baby is moving less than usual. On the other hand, if you feel 10 movements in 2 hours or less, you'll know that your baby is doing great!