Count the Kicks Academy for Parents
A suite of videos, guides, and resources to help expectant parents get their baby here safely.
Counting kicks is a simple way to monitor your baby’s well-being. Expectant parents should begin counting at the start of the third trimester.
Start a timer and record the time it takes for you to feel 10 movements.
Pick a time when baby is active to start counting, preferably the same time every day.
After each counting session, compare that time with your past sessions.
Contact your provider if you notice any significant changes in the amount of time it takes to get to 10.
Tracking fetal movements is an easy and effective way to monitor the wellbeing of your baby.
Approximately 23,500 babies are lost to stillbirth in the U.S. each year.
One out of every three stillbirths could be prevented with fetal movement monitoring.
Count the Kicks helped reduce Iowa’s stillbirth rate by 32 percent in 10 years.
Learn more about stillbirth in the U.S. and how Count the Kicks can help.Stillbirth in the U.S.
"Definitely pay attention to Count the Kicks. Had I not, Nahla wouldn’t be here. Don’t second guess yourself. Don’t feel bad or stupid, don’t worry about insurance or the emergency room bill, go check on your baby because your baby might not be here."Dana M.
Call your provider right away if you notice a change in the strength of your baby’s movements or how long it takes your baby to get to 10 movements.
Count the Kicks encourages all expectant parents to listen to their gut and to not stay silent if their baby’s movements change. Watch this video for advice on how to SPEAK UP if you notice a change!
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about kick counting.Frequently Asked Questions
It’s important to remember that your baby’s health should always be the top priority for both you and your healthcare provider. Here are some tips to help you share any concerns with your doctor.
If you need to speak up, try this:
Plan with Your Doctor
During your prenatal appointments, be sure to ask your provider how to contact them if you have concerns and when you should go directly to the hospital.
Tell Your Doctor About Count the Kicks
Tracking your baby’s movement is important whether you heard about it from your provider or not. It’s OK to bring up Count the Kicks with your provider and ask to show them your kick counting data.
Know Who to Contact
If you contact your provider and don’t hear back quickly, you should contact the triage nurse at your birthing hospital or go directly to your nearest OB/emergency department for evaluation.
Trust Your Instincts
Hospitals are open 24/7 and are ready to help expectant moms who are concerned about their baby’s movement. A change in movement is too important to ignore.
Take Distance into Account
If you have a long drive to your chosen birthing hospital, you may want to locate a closer location to have as a backup if needed.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be changes to your regularly scheduled prenatal visits and an increase in telehealth appointments, which means you may not see your provider in person as often.
By paying attention to your baby’s movements every day in the third trimester, you will have the peace of mind to know when things are OK and when things have changed. It’s like having a data download for your motherly intuition!
With the Count the Kicks app, you can even download and share data via text or email directly with your healthcare provider. This data can serve as a helpful tool for discussing your baby’s movement with your healthcare provider, especially during telehealth appointments.
Counting kicks has proven effective at decreasing stillbirth. In Iowa where Count the Kicks started, approximately 1 out of 3 at-risk babies are being saved from preventable stillbirth. This is why healthcare providers recommend using Count the Kicks to track the movements of your baby every day in the third trimester.
“It’s too important to ignore. If your baby’s movements change, speak up!”Dr. Alexandra Hubbell, Family Medicine Physician, UnityPoint Health
Through years of outreach and education, the babies we have helped still inspire us the most.
Meet our baby saves and learn how Count the Kicks helped save their lives.Baby Saves
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This information is for educational purposes only and is not meant for diagnosis or treatment. Use of this information should be done in accordance with your healthcare provider.