How to Count the Kicks

Our program helps expectant parents get to know their baby’s normal movement patterns during the third trimester of pregnancy.

START COUNTING

Count the Kicks is a simple way to monitor your baby’s well-being. Expectant parents should begin counting daily at the start of the third trimester.

  • Start a timer to track baby's movements

    Time

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

  • Count baby's kicks every day around the same time

    Count

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

  • Compare kick session to previous times

    Pattern

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

  • Contact

    Go to the hospital right away if you notice a change in your baby's movement patterns.

Download the App

Use our free pregnancy app daily in the third trimester! It helps you record how long it takes your baby to get to 10 movements, tracks changes over time, and reminds you to count every day.

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How to Count the Kicks

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Learn how to count and what to do if you notice a change in your baby’s normal movement pattern.

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How to Use the Paper Charts

Learn how to count your baby’s movements using our paper charts! It’s a great option if you don’t have access to strong internet, broadband or a smartphone and can’t access our free app.

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Count the Kicks is a simple way to monitor your baby’s well-being. Expectant parents should begin counting every day in the third trimester.

Want to learn more about Count the Kicks? Visit our video page for more resources, education and baby save stories.

Stop the Spread of Myths

Help us stop the spread of common misconceptions by making sure all expectant parents have accurate information about their baby's movement patterns in the third trimester.

  • Active babies can experience distress.

    Every Baby. Every Pregnancy.

    Monitoring your baby’s movement every day takes the guesswork out of knowing if a normally active baby has slowed down.

  • Every pregnancy is different

    Know Your Baby's Normal.

    Current research indicates expectant parents should work to understand the normal amount of time it takes their baby to get to 10 movements each day.

  • Monitor movements without sugar or ice water.

    Skip the Cold Drink.

    Research has moved away from the idea that sugary drinks and ice water are a good way to get your baby to move. Contact your provider right away if your baby isn't moving like normal.

  • Babies do not run out of room

    There's Room to Grow.

    The types of movements may change (more jabs, fewer rolls), but babies should move up to and even during labor.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

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

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  • Baby Saves

    Meet Count the Kicks baby saves and learn how our program helped them have a safe and healthy arrival.

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  • Research & Evidence

    Learn more about the research behind Count the Kicks and the evidence on kick counting in pregnancy.

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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.