Counting the baby’s movements involves checking if the baby has made a required number of movements in the span of an hour to an hour and a half. It's a very simple method to make sure that all is right with your baby. Changes in your baby's motility may indicate possible problems, and your quick reaction could save the baby's life.

Most doctors recommend starting to count the baby's movements at around the 28th week. Try to always track the movements at approximately the same time of day. Choose a time when your little one is the most active, such as after an evening meal. Assume a comfortable position (lie down on your left side) and record the hour at which you start counting. A movement is every perceptible move of the child. It may be a nudge, flip, roll, twist or any other clear move. A healthy baby should make no less than ten movements in the span of an hour to an hour and a half.  Stop counting after sensing ten movements, which usually happens after only 30 minutes. If the child does not move during this period, contact your doctor.