A myth which has recently been debunked by a Stillbirth Foundation-funded study regards fetal movement monitoring. It was believed that babies ‘slow down’ in late pregnancy in preparation for birth. However, evidence demonstrates that the baby should still be active. They have less room to move, particularly at the end of a pregnancy, but their movements, their kicks in particular, should still be strong and regular. Few movements or even none at all may actually be a sign of distress and not a conservation of energy in preparation for birth.

Still Aware has produced a video on how to count kick throughout your third trimester: