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What if I haven’t felt the baby move for a while?

Babies naturally have sleepy and active times in the womb. Most women tend to report the greatest fetal movement after activities, meals, and in the evening. In the third trimester (after 28 weeks), it’s a best practice to start counting fetal movement daily. Do this at roughly the same time every day.

Do a Kick Count:

  • Get in a comfortable position and wait for baby’s movement.
  • Note the time of the first movement and count 10 movements of kicks. Look again at the time to determine how long it took your baby to move 10 times.
  • If you feel your baby isn’t moving, get up and walk for 10 minutes and drink a glass of juice. Try the kick count again.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that you note the time it takes to feel 10 movements (not hiccups). A healthy baby should have 10 movements in less than two hours. Most babies will take less than 30 minutes.

Call your provider if:

  • Your baby has less than 10 movements in two hours.
  • Your baby has a significant of sudden change in movements.
  • When in doubt.

Do not wait 24 hours if there is no fetal movements or if there is a significant change.

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