Date/Weeks Start Time End Time Minutes to reach 10 kicks 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 >120

Fetal Movment Kick Count ("Count to Ten") Instructions

  1. Count fetal movements once a day, preferably at the same time every day and within 1 to 2 hours after a meal. Early evening after dinner is a good time because the fetus is usually more active then. Lie on your side while counting, preferably on your left side
  2. Have a clock or watch nearby to observe the time passed. Mark down the start time.
  3. Count any movement you feel -- a roll, a kick, or a "swish" -- except for the smallest flutters. Count until you have felt TEN fetal movements.
  4. Ideally, you want to feel at least 10 movements within 2 hours
  5. Mark down the finish time, and the total amount of time in minutes it took to count the ten movements.
  6. Make a cross in each box for each up to 10 minutes passed (eg 55 minutes are 6 boxes) 8 minutes is one box.
  7. Call your doctor if You don't feel your baby move all day, It takes progressively longer from one day to the next to count ten movements, or It takes more than two hours to count ten movements.

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