Post # 1
I’m a relatively high-stress person in my day to day life, and pregnancy hasn’t helped at all! I’ve been trying to stay calm, but because it’s my first time I’m not really certain what is an isn’t an issue. I feel like I’ve been calling my OBGYN once a week with silly concerns… and now I have another one…!
Baby started moving pretty consistently at week 19. I noticed then that I could induce movement through juice. Last Friday I was having some cramping, so I called the OBGYN and she said it was probably just dehydration, but to go to the hospital if there was any bleeding or if the pain got worse. I drank some water and rested and the cramps went away… except baby really hasn’t been moving the same since. My mom suggested that it may have turned to face away from the front, which helped calm me down at the time. Then yesterday morning we had our 2nd trimester ultrasound and we saw the baby for the first time (yay!!) but it wasn’t really moving–the tech said it was probably asleep, which made sense because even at 19-20 weeks it wasn’t always active at that time.
However, yesterday evening and today I’ve felt very little. I’m also stupidly paranoid that I may have picked up listeria from a sandwich I got a a local restaurant (it wasn’t anything listeria-y, but I just read that I shouldn’t be eating store-prepared cold salads for fear of cross-contamination, and it was egg salad) so of course I thought I’d try to perk baby up with some OJ. That was an hour and a half ago and… nothing 🙁
Is this normal? I’m willing to bet it’s just my crazy anxiety revving up again and that I just need to chill, considering it’s only 22 weeks, but before I make anooooooother call to my OBGYN I thought I’d see if anyone else has experienced something similar…
Post # 2
If you’re concerned, call.
Post # 3
This is tooootally normal at 22 weeks. I mean, you can definitely call–they’re there to reassure you! But seriously, this is SO normal. This happened to me constantly from like 20-25ish weeks. I would feel like baby was really getting into a rhythm and I would feel her consistently for a few days, and then I would have a few days in a row where I barely felt her. It is definitely unnerving! There’s a great section in Expecting Better about this, too. My doctor said not to worry about feeling anything consistently until 25 weeks, and even then she just said I should expect to feel 2 or so periods of consistent movement during the day.
Post # 4
Try drinking really cold water or a sugary drink, then lay down for 30-60 minutes and count the number of movements you feel. I believe you should feel 10 “kicks” within that time or up to two hours. If you feel little to no movements, I would call. However, try not to stress too much! Even if you don’t feel the movements! This happened to me. I layed down and counted the kicks and did not feel enough and they sent me to the hospital to get checked out. But everything was perfectly fine! They do recommend you call if there is a significant change in the baby’s movements but it doesn’t always mean there is a problem! But I’m thinking you’re early for this anyway? I’m thinking it’s normal not to have super consistant movements until the 3rd trimester anyway?
I know it’s so hard not to stress when you can’t see the baby and know they’re okay. Don’t feel bad about calling your doctor if you’re worried. I’m sure they get calls like this all the time. It’s better to call and have no problem, than not call when there is a problem.
Oh, and I wouldn’t worry too much about the egg salad. It would have to be infected in the first place, which is not a very common occurance.
Post # 5
Definitly call. I was in the same position last week, stressed about it for 2 days and finally broke down and called the midwife. Everything turned out to be just fine and the only thing I got a telling off for was waiting too long to call. Every midwife and doctor I saw told me to call as soon as I had concerns and as I was in the hospital, there were 2 other women there with the same concern.
that being said, I’ve been told babies don’t establish w try routine until about 26-28 weeks. I find that hard to believe because mine has been like clockwork since about 18 weeks but her routine has definitely changed (I’m 27 weeks today!)
Post # 6
howsweetitis: acb123: amy84lynn: Thank you! The advice is much appreciated. I’ll call the OBGYN to confirm.
Post # 7
Totally normal, but if you’re this worried, definitely call! It’s highly unlikely you contracted anything if you got the sandwich at a reputable restaurant. You would be having other symptoms too, similar to the flu. My doctor’s office told me to not ever hesitate to call, no matter how silly it may seem. Your peace of mind is worth it, for you and the baby. Good luck.
Post # 8
It’s totally normal, but I would call if you’re that worried. At that stage baby is so small, he could easily just be hiding out elsewhere. They don’t really rely on movement tracking until at least 28 weeks, when baby starts to run out of space. And even then, they don’t expect baby to be on the go all day every day!
Post # 9
Ditto to everyone else – you can totally call for peace of mind, but this is pretty normal! My doctor said not to worry before 28 weeks, because until then, baby has a lot of room to kind of swim around and get into a position where you just don’t feel the movements as much. But it never hurts to call! And most of the time it’s totally fine – I went a while (six or seven hours) without feeling movement at 28 weeks. I drank OJ and ice water and nothing worked. So I called the OB, went to the hospital for monitoring, and as soon as they strapped the fetal monitor to my belly, my son kicked so hard, he kicked it off! Those little buggers just love to scare us every now and then. Good luck!
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess
Predictable kick counting (what pp described) isn’t considered reliable until 28 weeks. Early fetal movement just isn’t predictable. There may be several reasons you’re not feeling the same movement you did previously. You should still be feeling fetal movement every day. There just isn’t a standard by which to measure it yet.
That said, I always tell moms, ‘if it feels different to you, get it checked out.’ It is worth it to get reassurance.
Post # 11
Like the other PPs, I echo the advice to call when you’re concerned, but also, don’t panic!! It really is early to feel consistent movement – I STARTED feeling movement around 22-23 weeks, and even at 26 and 27 weeks, I had frequent quiet stretches, like sometimes days at a time with nothing. I went to the hospital at 27 weeks because I hadn’t felt her in a long while, and once they put the monitors on, off she went! At this point, your baby still has a lot of room to swim around in there and gets in positions that are harder for you to feel, like you mentioned with facing your back and kicking that way instead. I think it’s always okay to call if you’re concerned, but take a deep breath – you had an ultrasound yesterday, and you probably just have a sleepy or shy baby right now!
Post # 12
amandajane4949: I thought it might be too early for predictable kick counts as soon as I said it. I’ve very quickly forgotten the week/trimester at which things happen!
Post # 13
I felt just like you. I would go for 2 days and not feel anything. Now 31 weeks and baby does nothing but roll. Crazy. If I was this worried, I’d call.