The Count the Kicks Academy for Parents is 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.
1 in 3
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!
How to Count Kicks
Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about kick counting.Frequently Asked Questions