Research shows kick counting, keeping a daily record of a baby’s movements (kicks, jabs, rolls and punches) during the third trimester, is an easy, free and reliable way to monitor a baby’s well-being in addition to regular prenatal visits.
Download a printable Count the Kicks paper chart here.
Want to learn more? Here are some Helpful Tips:
- Pick your time based on when your baby is usually active. Research shows that babies are often the most active at night.
- To get started, sit with your feet up or lie on your side. Count each of your baby’s movements (kicks, jabs, pokes and rolls) as one kick and tap the foot on the app until you reach 10 movements.
- Every pregnancy and every baby is different. For example, Sarah may be able to record 10 movements for her baby in 10 minutes, but Megan’s baby may take 30 minutes to record 10 movements. If Sarah finds that it is taking her baby an hour to record 10 movements, she knows that is a change in her baby’s normal movement pattern, so she should contact her healthcare provider right away. The most important thing is to count your baby’s kicks every day so you will know what is normal for YOUR baby.
- Babies don’t run out of room or slow down at the end of pregnancy. Babies should move up to and even during labor.
Trust your instincts! Don’t hesitate to contact your provider or go to the hospital if you notice a change in what’s normal for your baby. Your provider will want to hear from you with any concerns during your pregnancy.
Latest research shows that a sudden, wild surge of movement is another indication to call your provider.
To properly use the Count the Kicks app, we recommend you have a kick counting session in the app every day in the third trimester, preferably at the same time each day. Set a reminder on the app to remember to count, pay attention to the strength of your baby’s movements in addition to the amount of time it takes to get to 10 movements, and speak up to your provider immediately if the strength of your baby’s movements become weaker or if you notice a change in the amount of time it takes your baby to get to 10.