(Closed) baby movement in the last couple weeks

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m not that far along yet (21 weeks), but I’ve talked to a few people who have been through this. One ended up going to the doctor to get an ultrasound b/c she was freaked out, and the other just waited it out and after a few days she felt the normal kicking pattern again. Both of them were fine and currently have healthy babies.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Call again. If you still hear nothing SOON, go in and see her. Baby movement is a very important indicator. Noticing a baby’s movements have slowed down is a huge thing. Granted, it could be nothing, but there are chances it could be something.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I agree with TheFutureMcBride.  Babies often decrease in movement the last few weeks because they run out of room, but it’s always better to get checked out if you feel something is off.

Also, your doctor may tell you to lay on your left side and drink some ice cold water or oj or eat a snack.  You can try this while you’re waiting for your doctor to call you back, and see if the little one starts moving around. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I agree with @TheFutureMcBride about heading in to your afternoon appt. early if they aren’t getting back to you.  I’m only 37 weeks, but talked to my doctor about this as my baby isn’t always consistent in his movements (when, intensity, how long) every day.  Sounds a little weird and not sure appropriate for everyone, but at my last appt. I was told if there was a noticeable decrease in movement to eat a donut and drink a coke and if that didn’t get him moving more to give them a call…that that would be the only time they’d recommend eating a donut & drinking a coke…but that baby’s response to this is usually an indicator to them if there’s a real issue.  She also told me position changes as he gets ready to make his descent may impact what I’m used to feeling from him.  Best wishes with your appt. today.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

It’s always better to be safe than sorry.  I would ask them what their normal level for concern is, or research and decide your own.  Mine was something like, lay on your side for 1-2 hours and expect X # of kicks.  If not, then drink cold OJ, then try again…if still less, then call.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I agree that if you’re concerned, go early- no sense in sitting around being freaked out!

This happened to me a few weeks ago, probably around 31 weeks… baby had been “sluggish” in his movements for 24-26 hours (moving way less, and in just a very kind of lethargic and atypical way). They told me to eat/drink something sugary and lie down. I did, and he did move but still in that atypical sluggish way, so while they didn’t really think I needed to come in (for them, it was really an issue of “is there movement vs. no movement” and they weren’t really concerned about the type of movement) they fit me in for a quick check, and everything was fine. He picked back up to normal movements within about 8 hours. It was like he just had a cold or something for a day. Very weird.

So I guess my point is that you and baby are most likely totally fine, but your concern is totally normal and justified and your doc should definitely understand that and make sure to check you out and give you some reassurance!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My doctor said that the closer I get to the end, it make take longer to feel 10 movements at a time because the baby is running out of room.  But, she also said that I know my baby and my body and if something doesn’t feel right to me to feel free to call.  So, since you clearly feel like something is off I would call just to ease your mind.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My doctor and nurses said babies actially don’t move LESS they just move differently at the end. If it’s abnormal to what you are used to experiencing def get to the doctor.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@mrstilly:  Glad things turned out ok.  🙂

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@mrstilly: Good to hear! The nurses at our hospital and my doc keep saying “If you EVER are worried come in or call”. It’s much better to be overly cautious than overlook something that could be a big deal.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@mrstilly: So wonderful to hear that. Thanks for letting us know.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@mrstilly: Here’s a lesson I learned:  I got the same thing, too.  Also had the “stress test” that they claimed was okay.  If the baby does NOT move 5 times in an hour or it’s considerably LESS than normal, KEEP GOING.  Insist on being checked for dilation.  Go to a different hospital, if you have to.  It’s possible you could be in labor without pain.  (Been there, done that, and they don’t believe you unless you have pain… and I didn’t have pain but I was dilating.)

It’s perfectly normal for the baby to slow down the closer you get to labor-time.  But it could also mean the baby is having problems.  My daughter did that for a week prior to her birth (no pain=no labor according to my office despite the text-book contractions I was having, so I’ll be switching for my next pregnancy) and she ended up needing surfactant.  

Besides, considering what you have to pay the dr’s, might as well get your money’s worth of service 😉  and it’s better to be safe than sorry!

good luck!!!!!

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