Pregnancy: Kick Counts

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Pregnancy: Kick Counts

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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 6 movements. Six movements (such as kicks, flutters, or rolls) in 2 hours or less are considered normal.1 But do not panic if you do not feel 6 movements. Less activity may simply mean the baby is sleeping.

If you do not feel 6 movements during the course of 2 hours, call your doctor immediately.

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  1. Liston R, et al. (2007). Fetal Health Surveillance: Antipartum and Intrapartum Consensus Guideline. SOGC Clinical Practice Guideline No. 197. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 29 (Supplement 4): S3–S56.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Revised January 27, 2011

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