Some women will feel their baby move as early as the 13th week of gestation; others a few weeks later. Once at the 24th week, you should feel your baby move regularly. Only a few percentage of women don’t feel their babies move, usually when the placenta is placed in front of the uterus (placenta previa).
At the start of the 3rd trimester, you should already be familiar with your baby’s movements. During the course of a day, you will feel your baby move more or less. When your baby is resting or is sleeping, it is normal for them to be less active.
Your baby’s movements can consist of kicks, pokes, rolls, flutters or any other movement you can feel from your baby.
Every baby moves differently. Some babies are more active than others. There is no magic number of movements you should be feeling. Learn what is normal for your baby!
Beginning at week 24 of your pregnancy, you can start counting your baby’s movements daily. Continue to count all through your 3rd trimester until delivery.
Whether your pregnancy is normal or at risk, counting your baby’s movements is a healthy daily routine to follow!
Counting My Baby’s Movements
Your baby is more active at certain times of the day and less active while they are resting. In the course of a day, it can happen that you don’t remember if you’ve felt your baby move, either because your day was busier or you were more distracted than usual. Stop and take a moment to count your baby’s movements.
The best time to count your baby’s movements is in the evening when babies are usually more active. But any time of the day is fine. Take advantage of this time to bond with your baby. Lie down comfortably on your bed (half-sitting position or lying on your side) so you can feel your baby’s movements (kicks, pokes, rolls, flutters, etc.).
There are two ways to count your baby’s movements. Both methods are equivalent. Choose the one that works best for you.
- Method A: Count the number of movements from your baby over a period of 30 minutes. The number of movements should be similar from one session to the next.
- Method B: Count the number of minutes it takes your baby to make 10 movements. The time it takes should be similar from one session to the next.
If you feel your baby is moving less than usual, or if you do not perceive six different movements in an interval of 2 hours, don’t hesitate to consult.
To help you count and keep track of your sessions, you can download this free app.
Download this free app