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Counting baby’s movements at the end of pregnancy

Sometimes, pregnant women are told to count baby’s kicks towards the end of pregnancy, and although there is not much evidence on the benefits of this practice many families do monitor baby’s movements from about 40 weeks onwards.There is no uniform way of keeping track of baby’s kicks but most often a midwife or doctor asks a woman to choose two hours in the day (around the same time every day) to keep track of baby’s kicks.
You should feel at least ten movements in those two hours (these can be rolls, kicks, pokes or thumps). You may also feel your baby stretch its arms and legs, or feel regular rhythmic movements (that’s usually the baby having the hiccups). It may help to have a cold drink and lie down when monitoring the movements.
Reduced movements don’t always mean something is wrong, and you don’t have to count your baby’s kicks every day unless there is a specific reason to do so (for example, your midwife or doctor has said specifically that they would feel more comfortable if you would do this). Get to know your baby’s usual movements, when she is awake and when she sleeps, where and how she kicks and when she’s most active. If you notice significant changes, you should contact your midwife or doctor.
At the end of pregnancy your baby will continue to move actively but with less space, the movements will not be as strong - sharp kicks may become rolls and stretches, but you will absolutely continue to feel baby moving.

Mobile apps that monitor my baby’s heartbeat are great. Right?
Mom and baby magazines seem to be full of ads for sophisticated equipment for monitoring baby’s heartbeat at home. As exciting as it may seem that you can do this yourself, this technology is fraught with problems. None of these tools have been tested for their long-term harms and benefits, and experience has shown that parents often become concerned with test results for no reason, or are reassured when in fact there is something wrong. Even the best equipment is only as good as the user who is reading the results. Simply said, the best person to listen to and interpret the baby’s heartbeat is an experienced midwife or doctor using tested, professional equipment.
If you are worried about anything to do with your pregnancy, reach out to them.