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Fetal Movement Counting

This is a simple way you can play an important part in helping us check the health of your baby when you are more than 26 weeks pregnant. Research has shown that baby movements are a good measure of a baby's health.


Some babies are more active than others and each baby has its own pattern of activity. The total number of movements each day is important only if there are less than 6 movements in a 2 hour period that you are counting or if there is a change in your baby's usual pattern. Studies show that most babies sleep for 20-40 minutes at a time and rarely longer than 90 minutes.


Each day chose a 2 hour period of time that suits you ideally early morning or evening when you can sit or lie down comfortably. In those 2 hours the baby should move 6 times.









If you feel less than 6 movements in 2 hours, or you notice that your baby's movements are different than usual, change your position, have something to eat, get comfortable and start counting your movements for another 2 hours. If there are still less than 6 movements during this 2 hour period go to the Obstetrical Assessment Unit (Triage). The nurses will assess the baby's movements and fetal heart rate over 30 min.

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