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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 your baby’s movements and getting to know your baby is vital. 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.

Why Do Movements Matter?

Important: 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]

Some quick facts about monitoring your babies movements:

  1. It's important to remember that every baby, every body, and every pregnancy is different. Even if you've been pregnant before, it's important to remember this fact, so from day one try to avoid comparing your pregnancy to others.

  2. There is no set number of normal movements! Your baby will have their own pattern of movements that you can get to know. A movement can be described as anything from a kick, flutter, poke or roll. Generally, you'll start to feel 'flutters' between 16 and 24 weeks pregnant.

  3. 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. Movements do NOT 'slow down' or become weaker towards the end of your pregnancy. 

If you want to learn more about the research behind why movements matter, head to our  'Research About Baby's Movements' page, or for more everyday advice read up on Still Aware's Daily Actions.

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? These are all signs that could be used to help develop a pattern/routine. 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