Fetal Movement Warning Signs That Your Baby Is In Trouble

Photo The fluttering motions of the fetus are usually initially noticed by a multiparous woman at a later gestation than a first time pregnant woman. A multiparous woman may begin to feel movements as early as 16 weeks, whereas a first time pregnant woman may not feel any until she is 20 weeks pregnant. by Pavel Danilyuk on

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The last thing a pregnant woman wants to hear is that her baby is in trouble. Even though in some cases we cannot control what happens in utero, no matter how hard we try.

We can keep all of our antenatal appointments, eat the foods that we should eat, and even get all the tests that are required to ensure that the baby is growing well, during pregnancy and still get a bad report that baby has died.

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What a catastrophe! As a nurse midwife of 36 years I think many the unfortunate circumstance can be avoided in some cases. I am going to show you one of the ways you can help to determine if your growing baby is in trouble by you r monitoring of your baby’s movement.

Our topics will include:

1.What are fetal kicks?

2.Is counting fetal kicks important?

3.What is a kick chart for pregnancy and how to use it?

4.When you should worry about decreased fetal movement?

LETS GET STARTED WITH THIS INTERESTING TOPIC…..

1.Is counting fetal kicks important?

Absolutely yes! While nonstress testing and ultra sounds are other ways to determine your baby’s movement, but one easy way you can participate is to count over a period of two hours. If you reach 10 movements, you can stop AND feel good in knowing that your little star is moving in the right directions.

On the other side if your baby does not move as it should you can easily alert your healthcare practitioner to the changes so that other measures can be done to protect your baby.

There are many ways to monitor fetal movements, and various protocols exist. One that is commonly used is monitoring fetal movements daily starting at 28 weeks of pregnancy. Each day, a pregnant woman should aim to feel 10 movements in two hours.

If she reaches 10 movements before two hours, she can stop counting. However, if two hours have passed without 10 movements, she needs to alert her doctor or midwife for further evaluation.

2.What are fetal kicks?

Pregnant women can feel fetal movements, which indicate that the fetus is expanding in size and strength. Usually, the pregnant lady is the first to notice these movements, which can later be noticed by others. Women are frequently instructed by their health care providers to monitor or be aware of the fetus’ movements. 


This could be a broad awareness of baby movements or teaching the women to count the number of kicks they experience in a certain amount of time. Both the mother and the accompanying healthcare provider may be concerned about decreased fetal movement. Reduced fetal movement can be a symptom of fetal impairment or risk, and should be investigated further by the healthcare provider.

Quickening refers to the first fetal movements felt by the mother. These motions serve as a reminder to the pregnant lady that she has a fetus growing inside her uterus.  Between the 16th and 22nd week of pregnancy, quickening is common. Because other movements of the woman’s body, such as flatus, peristalsis, and abdominal muscular contractions, might mimic early fetal movements, this is referred to as a presumptive indicator of pregnancy.

3. What is a kick chart for pregnancy and how to use it?

A kick chart is an easy tool you can use to assist in monitoring your baby’s movement.

Checking your baby’s health and the frequency of their fetal movements on a regular basis, rather than only when you’re worried, is one of the best strategies to relieve your worries. Counting fetal movements on a daily basis can help you detect activity patterns and force you to take a deliberate, specified break.

If you keep track of your movements on a regular basis, you’ll have real evidence to show your doctor if there’s a problem. It may also help you discover a substantial drop in activity sooner than merely thinking, “Gosh, I haven’t felt the baby move in a couple of days…”, which is both meaningless and misleading.

At 28 weeks, it’s common to begin counting fetal activity on a daily basis (6). If you’re pregnant with a high-risk baby, your doctor may advise you to start 2 to 3 weeks earlier, around week 26, and to use other methods to monitor your baby, such as more regular checkups and ultrasounds. If you begin too soon, though, it may be difficult to notice frequent movement.

If you want to keep track of your fetal movements on a regular basis, follow these steps:
There are a variety of ways to keep track of the amount of movements you experience, but it’s critical to keep everything organized and in one location. Choose the strategy that you believe will work best for you before you begin.

The following are some ways to do it:

  •  Use a a simple notepad.
  • Make a note of it on your family’s calendar.
  • Downloading and printing a chart made specifically for this purpose.
  • Every day, make a note of it on your smartphone’s calendar.
  • Using a mobile app.
  • It’s critical to track fetal movements at the same time each day since your baby develops a habit in the same manner that you do. Choose a moment when you know you’ll be able to relax and track movement to precisely track motions — and detect when there’s a considerable decrease in activity.

It’s also a good idea to pick a time when your infant is most active, which is usually at night for most babies.

  • Your left side is better than your right.
    Resting on your left side boosts blood circulation to your baby, and reclining allows your baby more room to move while also preventing movement from trying to lure them to sleep.
  • You want to create an atmosphere where the baby is likely to move when counting fetal movements. When you’re doing this, make sure your legs are lifted.
  • Do not purposefully stimulate your child.
    There are certain things you may do to encourage movement — or measures you can take if you haven’t felt your baby move in a long time and are concerned.
  • But don’t do anything special to elicit movement for your normal movement monitoring. You want to acquire a sense of how they live on a daily basis.

Note the time

Take note of the time you start.
Note the time or start a stopwatch on your smartphone when you’re ready to start tracking movement.

Count up to ten fetal movements.


Begin keeping track of fetal movements. You’re tracking more than simply kicks, despite the fact that they’re labeled “kick counts.” Rolling, stretching, and elbow punches are all beneficial. 
Count until you’ve detected a total of ten moves.


Keep track of how long it took you to get 10 motions.


If you have a tendency to lose count when there is a long period of time between motions, draw tally marks on a piece of paper to assist you keep track.


After ten counts, stop counting.


Note the time or stop the timer once you’ve reached 10 distinct motions. This is how long it took you to complete the task.

4.When you should be concerned about your baby’s movement?

If you got less than 10 counts after repeating the procedure, seek medical help.
Drink some juice or see if you can excite your baby in some other manner if it takes substantially longer than usual to reach 10 movements, or if you don’t detect 10 movements during a two-hour period. Recheck your fetal movement count, and if it’s still low, see your health practitioner’s attention.

Bottom line

Fetal movement can be utilized later in pregnancy to help monitor the health and vitality of your baby, as well as to help strengthen the relationship between you and your baby.

The amount of activity varies based on the baby, the mother, and the time of day, but a healthy infant should have at least 10 movements every two hours. Anything less is regarded a cause for concern.

Have you kept track of fetal movement? What did you find that aroused your child’s interest? Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you are doing great. You can like, comment and share my page. I would like to hear from you. Feel free to ask any questions.

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Published by Marilyn Smith

Hello. My name is Marilyn Smith. I am a Health Specialist with specialized skills in Clinical Practical Nursing, and Midwife of thirty six years. I am also a certified Lactation and Grief Specialist. I am well qualified to assist in meeting your breastfeeding needs. Breastfeeding is indeed the best for your baby. Congratulations on making such a wonderful decision. Consider this your home as we learn about the joys and pains of pregnancy & breastfeeding

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