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Q&A: How often should baby kick?

Some days the baby kicks all the time and other days he's really quiet. Is this normal?

Re: Some days the baby kicks all the time and other days he's really quiet. Is this normal?

The Bump Expert

When in comes to in utero activity, there’s a wide range of normal. As long as baby’s overall level of movement is consistent, there’s no need to worry. If you’re in your second trimester or the early part of your third, your baby may be more active than you think. On some days, you simply may not feel all of his kicks and jabs. If you’re worried, try counting kicks over the course of a few days; ideally, you should feel at least 10 within 2 hours. Write down the time you feel the first kick, then note the time of every new one you feel until you reach 10. Don’t expect the same pattern every time you count. Remember, you are looking for significant deviations over the course of a couple of days. If you ever experience a sudden decrease in baby’s movements, check with your OB. She may want to take a look.

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Paula Kashtan

Q&A: How often should baby kick?

My friend and I are pregnant at almost the exact same time. She was feeling her baby move much earlier than I was, and much more often. I was very worried, I only felt it once and a while, and wasn't even sure it was the baby. It turns out I have an anterior placenta, which means the placenta is in the front. There is a lot more cushioning between the baby and what I can feel. It's totally normal, all of my doctors said this is totally fine and 100% the reason I feel the baby a lot less than others. I also only feel it very low or high, where the placenta isn't. I wish more doctors, blogs, etc would point this out ahead of time. It would probably stop a lot of worrying!

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