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Fetal Movements and Baby Health

Fetal Movements and Baby Health

For many expectant mothers, fetal movement can be an important indicator of the baby's health and wellbeing.

What is fetal movement and how can I count it?
Babies move frequently in the womb. On average, they sleep for 15-20 minutes and then start moving.

To count the number of times your baby moves, get in a comfortable position on your side to facilitate oxygen transportation to the womb. Use a clock or stopwatch to count how many times your baby moves per hour in different times of the day (morning, afternoon, night).

How can I tell if my baby is moving?
There are many ways you can tell if your baby is moving:

  • A push at the walls of the womb
  • Feeling a kick when placing hands on your abdomen
  • A bump or ripple on your abdomen

When's the best time to count my baby's movements?
Ideally, you should count your baby's movements at the same time each day. A good time would be after a meal as this is when your baby usually moves the most.

What's a healthy count?
Your baby should move at least 8-10 times in an hour's span. If your baby moves fewer than 8 times an hour you must call your doctor immediately. Your doctor will be able to better assess the situation by using a baby heart rate monitor.

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