Monitoring Fetal Movement

Fetal Movement is one way to tell how well your baby is doing. It is important for you to do the following:

  1. Lie down on your left side.
  2. Place hands on your abdomen, over the largest part, where you've noticed that your baby has moved.
  3. Do this around the same time(s) each day.
  4. Use a clock or timer and palpate (feel) your baby's movements for 60 minutes; once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening.
  5. Record the number of movements you feel and the time you counted the movements. Be sure you total the number of movements felt each day.
  6. Notify our office if:
    1. You do not feel your baby move at least 4 times in any 60 minute period.
    2. Your baby's total movements for the day are less than 12.

Helpful Hints

  • Babies are usually more active after meals.
  • Many women find it helpful to note fetal movement after meals as this provides a routine for them to remember.
  • Your baby sleeps on an average 20 to 40 minutes at a time. At times, you may have to wait until the baby wakes up on its own! They can be sound sleepers.
  • Try to lie down in a quiet, undisturbed location.

It is normal for some women to easily detect fetal movement while others have to concentrate and monitor themselves very carefully.

Remember: It is very important for your baby to move every day! If at any time you detect a decrease in fetal movement, notify our office immediatlyl