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Counting Your Baby's Movements

It is a good sign when your baby moves, kicks, squirms and rolls! Babies can sleep for up to an hour at a time, but most of the time your baby will be active and moving around.

A healthy baby usually moves at least 10 times in two hours.

You can check your baby's health by doing daily "kick counts" at home. Once a day, write down how long it takes for your baby to move 10 times.

  • Pick the same time every day to record the baby's movements. After breakfast or dinner may be the best time. Lay down on your left side and put your hands on your belly.
  • Look at the clock when you begin. Write down the time you start.
  • Count the number of times your baby kicks, squirms, flutters or rolls. When your baby has moved ten times, write down the end time.

If you do not count ten movements in two hours, call your doctor or midwife right away.

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