Why are my baby's movements important?

If you think your baby’s movements have slowed down or stopped, contact your midwife or maternity unit immediately.

Do not put off calling until the next day to see what happens. You can contact our Midwifery and Pregnancy Assessment Units at any time >

What does a movement feel like?

Baby movements in the womb, also known as fetal movements, or 'kicks', can feel like anything from a flutter, kick, swish or roll. The type of movement may change as your pregnancy progresses.

Why are my baby's movements important?

Feeling your baby move is a sign they are well.  

If your baby moves less or if you notice a change this can sometimes be an important warning sign that a baby is unwell.

If you get the right treatment and care as soon as you can, this could save your baby's life. You may be less likely to be aware of your baby's movements when you are active or busy.

Usually, a check will reveal that everything is OK. Most women who have experienced one episode of fewer movements go on to have a straightforward pregnancy and healthy baby.

How often should my baby move?

There is no set number of normal movements you should be feeling – every baby is different. Get to know how your baby moves.

From 18-24 weeks into your pregnancy, you should feel the baby move more and more. You should then continue to feel your baby move right up until the time of labour and during labour. It is not true that babies move less towards the end of pregnancy.