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Why Do Baby's Movements Matter?

A baby’s only direct link to the outside world is through its mother. Taking time each day to monitor a baby’s movements and getting to know your baby, is as important as mothers staying healthy. By setting aside time daily to feel your baby kick, roll or poke, you can bond with your bump and check on your baby’s health as well.

It's important to remember that every baby, every body and every pregnancy is different. 

There is no set number of normal movements. Your baby will have their own pattern of movements that you can get to know. A baby's movements can be described as anything from a kick, flutter, poke or roll.

The type of movement may change as your pregnancy progresses, but it's important to remember that once a mother and baby have developed a routine, the strength, pattern and frequency of baby's movements should remain consistent.

Is your baby a morning person or a night owl? Does your baby like to hear your voice or dance to music? Is your baby social or shy? 

Monitor your baby's movements and get to know who your baby is. A reduction or a sudden increase in a baby's movements can sometimes be an important warning sign that a baby is unwell. [1]

If you want to know more about how to monitor your baby, we encourage you to ask your care provider to help begin the important relationship between you, your baby and your care provider. You are a team, and should all work together for a safer pregnancy.

 

[1] Haezel Et El. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (2017) 17:369