Fetal movements matter

Fetal activity is a key indicator of a healthy pregnancy.

At 18 to 20 weeks, your baby will move more at certain times of the day. After 28 weeks, your movements will become stronger and more predictable. Your care provider may advise you to start tracking your fetal movements. This is often called a "kick count."

Tracking your fetal movements can help you learn your baby's movement patterns and recognize if there is a change.  Six movements (such as kicks, flutters, or rolls) in 2 hours or less are considered normal. A change in your normal pattern may indicate that there is an issue, and you are advised to call your healthcare provider right away. 

Source: Health Link BC

Fetal activity can help predict... 

Impaired growth 

Premature birth

Neonatal depression

Emergency deliveries

Still birth

Early detection will help doctors intervene in time.


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