What is reduced fetal movement?

One of the greatest challenges is the lack of consensus on what is a ‘normal’ number of fetal movements and over what specified time frame. Fetal movements vary from four to 100 every hour and so definitions of reduced fetal movement based on counting less than 10 movements in two, 12 or 24 hours are unhelpful.


Therefore reduced fetal movement is a reduction in your baby’s regular pattern of movement.

It is important to get to know your baby’s regular pattern so if you notice they are not moving as they usually would you are able to seek medical help.

We have lots more information on how you can monitor your baby’s movements, what may cause a reduction in your baby’s movements, what you should do if you notice a change in your baby’s pattern and the care you can expect to receive if you report reduced fetal movements