The Count the Kicks Academy for Parents is a suite of videos, guides, and resources to help expectant parents get their baby here safely.

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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 COUNTING

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.

  • Time

    Start a timer and record the time it takes for you to feel 10 movements.

  • Count

    Pick a time when baby is active to start counting, preferably the same time every day.

  • Pattern

    After each counting session, compare that time with your past sessions.

  • Contact

    Contact your provider if you notice any significant changes in the amount of time it takes to get to 10.

Download the App

By having a kick counting session each day in the third trimester with the free Count the Kicks app, you can monitor your baby’s health and get to know what’s normal for them.

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Printable Kick Counting Charts

  • Printable Kick Counting Chart- English

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  • Printable Kick Counting Chart- Spanish

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  • Printable Kick Counting Chart- Haitian Creole

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Why Count?

Tracking fetal movements is an easy and effective way to monitor the wellbeing of your baby.

  • 23K

    Approximately 23,500 babies are lost to stillbirth in the U.S. each year.

  • 1 in 3

    One out of every three stillbirths could be prevented with fetal movement monitoring.

  • 32%

    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.

TESTIMONIALS

"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.

Speak Up

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!

How to Count Kicks

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about kick counting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Be Heard

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. 

  1. Speak Up: Contact 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. 
  2. Trust Your Instincts: Your baby’s movements are an important vital sign, and YOU know your baby best! Trust your gut. 
  3. Don’t Delay: There is no bad time to call or go in. If your provider’s office is closed, hospitals are open 24/7, ready to serve YOU. 
  4. Speak Louder: Your provider is there to listen to YOU. If your provider isn’t listening, speak louder until they do. YOU have a choice in who cares for you and your baby.
  5. Hours and Minutes Matter: Don’t hesitate. A change in movement is often the first or only indication a baby is in distress. Don’t let fear of COVID stop you from going in. The risks of not speaking up outweigh the risk of going in.

If you need to speak up, try this: 

  • “I am counting my kicks and I noticed reduced fetal movement.”
  • “I am counting my kicks and I noticed a change in my baby’s movement.”
  • “I am counting my kicks and my baby is not moving like normal.”

Planning Ahead

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.

Telehealth and Virtual Doctor Visits

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. 

Healthcare Providers Recommend Counting Kicks

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.

TESTIMONIALS

“It’s too important to ignore. If your baby’s movements change, speak up!”

Dr. Alexandra Hubbell, Family Medicine Physician, UnityPoint Health

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Disclaimer

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.