How can I monitor my baby’s movements?

It is important to get to know your baby’s regular pattern of movement so you are able to report any change to your midwife or antenatal ward. Fetal movements vary from four to 100 every hour and so there is no set number that can determine reduced fetal movements. This is why it is important to start to recognise your baby’s pattern as soon as you begin to notice their movements.

You can make a mental note of when your baby moves the most, it might be that they move at the same time each morning or evening, or that they always move after lunch. This is a great thing to make a note of as it can help you if you have any concerns to have a point of reference.

If you are busy you may not notice these movements or kicks so it can be a good idea to set aside some time each day to focus on your baby’s movements. If you find you get to the afternoon or evening and can’t remember what movements you’ve felt from your baby you can use one of kick counting wristbands. You can purchase these wristbands from our online shop and you move the counter along each time you feel your baby’s movements, you can then see how many times your baby moves by certain points of the day.

With mobile phones being so common in day to day life we have developed an app that can help you keep track of your baby’s movements. You can download the app by searching kickscount (no spaces) in the App store or Play store.