Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well.
Most women usually begin to feel their baby move between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. A baby’s movements can be described as anything from a kick or a flutter, to a swish or a roll. The type of movement may change as your pregnancy progresses.
How often should my baby move?
There is no set number of normal movements. Your baby will have their own pattern of movements that you should get to know.
From 16-24 weeks on, you should feel your baby move more and more, up until 32 weeks, when it normally stays roughly the same until you give birth.
It’s NOT TRUE that babies move less towards the end of pregnancy.
You should continue to feel your baby move right up to the time you go into labour, and whilst you’re in labour too.
If you’re worried about your baby’s movements, you MUST NOT wait until the next day to seek advice.
If you think your baby’s movements have slowed down or stopped completely, contact your midwife or maternity team immediately. We’re staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Don’t wait to see what happens or worry about phoning. It’s important for us to know if your baby’s movements have slowed or stopped.
Why are my baby’s movements important?
A reduction in a baby’s movements can sometimes be an important warning sign that a baby is unwell. Around half of women who had a stillbirth noticed their baby’s movements had slowed down or stopped.
Don’t use hand-held monitors, dopplers, or phone-apps to check your baby’s heartbeat. Even if you detect a heartbeat, this doesn’t mean your baby is well.
What if my baby’s movements reduce again?
If, after your check up, you’re still not happy with your baby’s movement, you must contact either your midwife or maternity unit straight away – even if everything was normal last time.
NEVER HESITATE to contact us for advice, no matter how many times this happens
Scunthorpe General Hospital: 03033 306999
Goole Midwife Centre: 03033 304079
Goole Midwifery Clinic: 03033 304088
Scunthorpe Antenatal Day Unit: 03033 302182
Scunthorpe Central Delivery Suite: 03033 302270
Scunthorpe Ward 26 (antenatal and postnatal): 03033 302079
Scunthorpe Town Team Community Midwives: 03033 303088
Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital: 03033 306999
Grimsby/ Louth Community: 03033 305232
Grimsby/ Louth Antenatal Day Unit: 03033 303129
Blueberry Team: 03033 303128
Holly Team: 03033 304790
Honeysuckle Team: 03033 304794
Jasmine Team: 03033 304787
Date of issue: April 2022
Date for review: April 2025