• Why is it important to count baby kicks?
    Counting baby kicks is important because changes in your baby’s movement pattern may indicate potential problems with your pregnancy. We frequently hear from moms whose babies were saved because they noticed a change in their baby’s movement pattern and alerted their medical provider. Their medical provider can then take steps to help the baby if it is in distress.
  • What is Count the Kicks?
    Count the Kicks is a public health campaign that encourages expectant parents to monitor their baby’s movements daily during the third trimester of pregnancy.
  • How do I count the kicks?
    • Download the free app on iTunes and Google Play. A web-based app is also available.
    • The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends you begin counting kicks in your 28th week, or at 26 weeks if you are high risk or pregnant with multiples.
    • Count the Kicks every day, preferably at the same time.
    • Pick your time based on when your baby is usually active.
    • To get started, sit with your feet up or lie on your side. Count each of your baby’s movements as one kick and tap the foot on our app until you reach ten movements. After a few days you will begin to see a pattern for your baby (how long it takes you to get to ten).
    • Most of the time it will take less than a half hour, but it could take as long as two hours.
    • Save your kick counting sessions in the app to see your baby’s movement history.
    • Knowing what is a normal movement pattern for your baby is key. When “normal” changes, this could be a sign of potential problems and an indication to call your provider.
    • Your kick counting history can be useful for visits with your provider.
    • The app will record the amount of time it took to get 10 movements, or you can log your times into a Count the Kicks chart.

    After a few weeks of counting, you may see a bit of variance from day to day in the results, but for the most part the kick counting patterns should be similar.  Call your provider if you notice a change in your baby’s movement pattern (if it begins to take longer than normal to get ten movements).

    If you do not feel ten movements during a two-hour counting period, call your provider immediately. If you are worried about your baby’s movements for any reason, call your provider.

    DON’T WAIT!

    Remember that all babies have frequent sleep/wake cycles and will sleep often. But very rarely does a baby kick fewer than ten times during a two hour period, as most babies don’t sleep longer than an hour at a time near the end of pregnancy.

    Make sure to count every day!

  • What are the other benefits of Count The Kicks?
    • Counting baby kicks helps you to bond with your baby. Taking time to Count the Kicks provides a special time for you to focus on your baby’s movements and personality. It is also a good time for your partner to share in this experience with you and bond with the baby, too.
    • It helps you to get to know your baby. Count the Kicks help you familiarize yourself with your baby’s typical pattern of movements. By counting the kicks and tracking them each day, you will be more likely to notice any changes in his or her pattern of movements.
    • It is an easy way to take an active role in your baby’s health in addition to your regular prenatal visits and tests. Count The Kicks is another tool you can use to help detect potential problems.
  • My baby is always active. Why should I take time to Count the Kicks?
    Counting baby kicks every day helps you establish your baby’s typical pattern of movement. Knowing your baby’s usual movement pattern will help you notice if there are any significant changes to these patterns. You should alert your healthcare provider immediately of any significant changes. Your provider will determine if further evaluation and treatment is needed. For example, if you do daily kick counts and know that your baby usually moves 10 times in 15 minutes, you will notice if your baby suddenly takes more than two hours to move 10 times, or doesn’t move at all. You should call your healthcare provider right away to report these findings.
  • Why do I need to Count the Kicks? I’m past the first trimester, I should be out the danger  zone.
    While statistically your chances of losing your baby after the first trimester decrease, one out of every 160 pregnancies ends in stillbirth (defined as a baby that dies at 20 weeks of gestation or later). Fifty percent of mothers who have lost a baby to stillbirth reported perceived gradual decline in fetal movement several days prior to the death of their baby. This indicates that many cases of stillbirth are not sudden. Count the Kicks will help you detect any changes in your baby’s movement pattern that may indicate potential problems.
  • Why do I need to Count the Kicks when I can hear his or her heartbeat with a Doppler device?
    A change of the baby’s heartbeat is one of the last things that occurs when a baby is in distress. Daily monitoring of movements allows you to detect a change in your baby’s movements. A significant change in fetal movement may identify potential problems before actual changes in the heart rate are detected. By the time the heart slows or stops, it may be too late.
  • At what point in my pregnancy do I start Count the Kicks?
    Typically you start counting baby kicks during the third trimester, or at 28 weeks. Your doctor may recommend that you begin at 24-26 weeks if you have a high-risk pregnancy.
  • What is considered normal?
    According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, most healthy babies should take less than two hours for 10 kicks. Every baby is different. Keeping track of your daily kick counting sessions will help you know what is “normal” for your baby. Notify your provider immediately if your baby has not moved 10 times in two hours or there have been significant changes. Use the Count the Kicks app or a Count the Kicks Chart for easy charting and tracking of your baby’s movements.

    Download a FREE Count the Kicks chart.

  • How do I use the Count the Kicks! app?
    • Download the app on iTunes or Google Play
    • Create a profile (Note: if you do not wish to create a profile, you can still count kicks via the ‘Count Kicks’ option on the main menu. However, your history will not be saved in order for you to track a change in movement patterns).
    • To get started, follow the directions under “how do I count the kicks.” Directions can also be found in the app. Tap the foot on the app until you reach 10 kicks. After a few days you will begin to see a pattern for your baby.
    • Save your kick counting sessions in the app to see your baby’s movement history.
  • When should I contact my healthcare provider?
    • Call your provider if your baby has a change in movement patterns (it starts to take longer to get to ten kicks).
    • Call your provider if your baby has less than 10 movements in two hours.
    • Do not wait 24 hours when there is no fetal movement or significant changes in the movements.
    • When in doubt, contact your provider.
  • Do babies kick less near the end of pregnancy?

    NO!Toward the end of pregnancy the baby may move differently. You may feel less kicking and more rolling. However, if you are monitoring the baby’s movements at the same time each day, it should take about the same amount of time to feel 10 movements. Call your doctor if you notice a change in your baby’s movement patterns or if you do not feel 10 movements in two hours.

  • What should I do if I cannot feel my baby move?
    Call your healthcare provider right away! Don’t wait.