Fetal Kick Count

Studies have confirmed what mothers have always known — fetal movement is a sign of fetal well-being.  Along with prenatal care, proper diet and exercise, keeping track of your baby’s movement should become part of your regular routine while pregnant.

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Start your “kick counts” daily after 30 weeks.
  2. One to two hours after a regular meal, lie in bed on your left side and count 5 movements an hour.  Focus on your baby, and ask not to be disturbed.
  3. If the count is less than 5 try again for a second hour.  If it is still less than 5 go to Labor and Delivery at Presby Flower Mound Hospital.  Labor and Delivery nurses will place you on the fetal monitor and call the “on call” midwife or doctor.