How often should my baby move?
There's no set number of movements you should feel each day – every baby is different.
The important thing is to get to know your baby's usual movements from day to day.
When to call your midwife or maternity unit
Call your midwife or maternity unit straight away if:
- your baby is moving less than usual
- you cannot feel your baby moving any more
They'll need to check your baby's movements and heartbeat. Do not wait until the next day – call straight away, even if it's the middle of the night.
Do not use a home doppler (heartbeat listening kit) to try to check the baby's heartbeat yourself. This is not a reliable way to check your baby's health – even if you hear a heartbeat, this does not mean your baby is well.
Why are my baby's movements important?
If your baby is not well, they will not be as active as usual, which means less movement can be a sign of infection or another problem.
The sooner this is found out the better, so you and your baby can be given the right treatment and care. This could save your baby's life.
Find out more
You can find the Kicks Count app in the NHS apps library.
- Feeling your baby move is a sign they are well (PDF, 294kb) – a leaflet from the charity Tommy's and NHS England
- Your baby's movements (PDF, 131kb) – a leaflet from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
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