Counting fetal Movement During Late Pregnancy

Pregnancy is truly a wonderful phase for a woman. The thought that another living being is being formed in your womb is in itself is overwhelming…you really wonder at God’s beautiful creation. During late pregnancy, you will be able to feel the fetal movements at regular intervals. It is important to make sure that the baby moves regularly ensuring that the baby is well, healthy and active.

The baby has several active waking periods during the day and will also be quiet and sleeping at other times. In case your baby becomes less active you need to inform your caregiver. Generally counting fetal movement is advised in high risk pregnancies, but it is good that all pregnant women do it regularly ensuring that your baby is healthy and alright.

The best way to keep track of your baby’s movement is to set aside a particular time during the day to count the number of times the baby moves beginning at twenty eight weeks of pregnancy or anytime later. First you need to define a fetal  movement. Fetal movements may be brief, a kick or a wiggle or they may be a long squirming motion. Do not count hiccups.

There are several methods of counting fetal movements that have been proposed. One of them is called the count to ten method. In this method you first need to set apart a time, mostly the time after the evening meal may be quite convenient. It is ok if you miss one or two days in between. Find a quiet place, a comfortable position and concentrate on your baby. Make a chart with the date, starting time, ending time and the time taken to count 10 fetal movements. If the baby is asleep or quiet wait for the time when it starts moving or try to wake him up with some loud noise. Compare your daily readings, if you find the baby slowing down or taking more time to reach 10 movements inform your caregiver.

The length of time may vary from baby to baby. You need not compare your baby’s fetal movement readings with others but check it on a daily basis. The trend is what really matters. Since this is a test you can do at home, check it out so that you can be sure of the wellness of your baby

Esther Gideon


The author is a postgraduate in business management and is a mother of a four year old and an eight month old.