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Monitoring your baby’s movements

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It’s important to always monitor your baby’s movements, because if you notice that your baby's movements have slowed down or stopped, you need to contact your midwife or maternity unit straight away using the emergency contact information given to you. Do not wait until the next day, your next appointment or after the weekend. You’ll not be wasting anyone’s time.

When will you start feeling your baby moving?

This is very exciting time and you’ll probably start to feel your baby moving in the womb between 16 and 24 weeks. Around 24 weeks you should find that your baby starts making more regular movements. They might start off as gentle swirling or fluttering movements but as your baby gets bigger, you may feel more kicks or stronger movements. You will also feel your baby move right up to and during labour.

How to tell if your baby’s movements are normal

As your baby grows and develops, you’ll find that you get used to your baby moving around and the time of day it happens and you will get to know your baby’s pattern of movements. You might find that your baby moves more in the mornings or evenings and that having a bath or drinking water might make them kick a little more. There is no set number of normal movements you should be feeling – every baby is different.

What should you watch out for?

If a baby is having problems they might start moving less or you might feel they aren’t moving or kicking when they usually are active. Noticing when this happens and contacting your midwife or Maternity Unit straight away using the emergency contact information given to you is really important and you shouldn’t hesitate if you have any doubts.

Frequently asked questions about reduced movement

Supporting you after a stillbirth

Stillbirth is one of the most devastating experiences any family can go through and it can take a long time to even begin to adjust to life after the death of a baby. However, you’re not alone and there are a wide range of support groups and health professionals that can help and support you during this very difficult time.

If you’ve experienced stillbirth, find out more about the help and support available to you. More information can also be found at Ready Steady Baby.

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Last updated: 13 Jul, 2023