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Health Tip: Counting Baby's Kicks

- Since movement in the uterus is a sign of fetal health, pregnant women should monitor the baby's kicking and activity.

The American Pregnancy Association offers these suggestions:

  • You can start counting kicks at about 28 weeks, and monitor throughout the rest of your pregnancy.
  • Count how long and how often your baby kicks.
  • If you notice a decrease in baby's activity, it's important to let your doctor know at once.
  • On average, babies will move about 10 times in a two-hour period. Movements may include kicking, rolling, turning and twisting.
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Posted: February 2008