Monitoring your baby’s movements

You should start to feel your baby moving at about 20 weeks of pregnancy.

We will talk to you about your baby’s movements at every appointment to explain:

  • what to look out for
  • signs that your baby could need help
  • when to come to hospital.

What to do if you’re worried about the way your baby is moving

If you notice your baby is moving in an unusual way, it might be a sign that they are struggling.

Don’t put it off: ring 020 8869 2890 and come to the delivery suite triage straight away if your baby is moving:

  • quicker than usual
  • slower than usual
  • more than usual
  • less than usual

Our doctors and midwives are here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it’s our job to care for you and your baby.

Do not use over-the-counter machines to check your baby’s heartbeat. These machines will not give you accurate or reliable results.

Always come to hospital if you are concerned about your baby’s movements.

Urgent care in your pregnancy

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Planning labour if we are worried about your baby’s movements

If we are worried about your baby’s movements, we will work with you to agree a plan for labour.

This may include starting your labour early through a planned induction, or in some cases, delivering your baby through a caesarean birth.