Your Baby's Movement and Position

By the eighth month of your pregnancy, your baby weighs 4 to 5 pounds and is about 16 inches long. You might notice that your baby makes fewer turning movements. Instead, you'll feel more kicking and shifting from one side to the other.

At a time of day when your baby is most active, you should feel at least 10 movements in a 2-hour period. If you don't, call your pregnancy care team.

At 34 to 36 weeks, your health care provider will begin to check your baby's position. Most babies settle into a head-down position before birth. However, some babies stay in a bottom-first (breech) or horizontal (sideways) position. If your baby has not turned head down by 36 weeks, your health care provider might try to turn the baby.

After 38 weeks, your health care provider will see you every week until your baby is born. He or she may check your weight and blood pressure, measure your uterus, do a pelvic exam, and listen for your baby's heartbeat.

From the "Birth Day News" series.

Clinical review by Jane Dimer, MD
Kaiser Permanente
Reviewed 03/01/2014