West Kendall OBGYN

Fetal Movements 

Everyone experiences pregnancy differently and every baby is unique. Our team can help you determine what normal movement feels like for your pregnancy.

Your baby needs to move in the womb to help develop their joints, muscles and bones. Movement helps them grow. Stretching, kicking and moving prepare your baby for life outside the womb. If your baby isn’t moving around in your womb, it could indicate a problem with amniotic fluid levels or placenta.

Remember, your baby sleeps and rests just like you do, so periods of inactivity will happen. If you have concerns, contact your healthcare provider.

You may start feeling your baby move between 16 and 22 weeks of pregnancy, as bubbles popping or light tapping, flutters and wiggles.

Kick Counting

At around 28 weeks you will feel kicks, punches and rolls and kick counting begins.

We recommend you monitor baby kicks:

  • Twice daily or more
  • At same time each day
  • As your baby has grown it has less room, so their movements may feel smaller than before
How to Count Baby Kicks
  • Sit comfortably or lie on your left side
  • Record time of 1st movement
  • Count until 10 movements
  • Record time of 10th movement
  • Should feel 10 movements in 2 hours or sooner