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What does fetal movement or a kick count indicate?

Even if you can hear your baby's heartbeat with a Doppler device, fetal movement or kick counts are still important. A change in the baby’s heartbeat is one of the last things that occurs when a baby is in distress. Daily monitoring of movements allows you to detect a change in your baby's activity. A significant change in fetal movement may identify potential problems before actual changes in the heart rate are detected. By the time the heart slows or stops, it may be too late to intervene.

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