Baby's Movements

Your Baby's Activity Record

Healthy babies are usually active. Unborn babies sleep for short periods of time, but most of the time they will kick, roll, twist and turn. Counting your baby’s movements, or fetal movement counting, is a way to tell how your baby is doing. A healthy baby usually moves at least 10 times in 2 hours.

We recommend that you start counting movements around month seven, about 28 weeks and become more aware of your baby’s daily activity. As you get to know your baby’s movement pattern, you will be able to report any changes to your care provider.

How Do I Count My Baby's Movements?

  1. Choose a time of day that your baby is usually active. Try to count around the same time each day. It may be best to count after a meal.
  2. Get in a comfortable position. You can lie down or sit in a chair with your feet up.
  3. Write down the date and time that you begin counting your baby’s movements.
  4. Continue counting until your baby has moved 10 times. Count any movements including, kicks, rolls, swishes and flutters.
  5. After your baby has moved 10 times, write down the time on your chart.
  6. If you can’t feel your baby move, try to wake the baby by drinking a glass of juice or walking for a few minutes. Then start counting again.

What Should I Do If My Baby Doesn't Move?

Call your doctor at 860-679-2792 right away if:

  • Your baby has not moved 10 times in 2 hours.
  • You notice a significant decrease in your baby’s activity.

Sample Chart

Baby movement chart

Download and print activity record chart.pdf.