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Much decreased fetal movement?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I hardly ever feel any movement for probably a week or so now, and it's worrying me. I am about 37.5 weeks along. One in a while I'll get a bump or something and it will ease my mind, but still, there is very little movement. Does this sound normal for this stage of pregnancy?

post #2 of 9

I know this little guy is definitely in more sleep/awake cycles and the sleep cycles seem to be much longer. Movements are definitely restricted at this stage, but you say hardly ever - does that mean throughout the day you're not noticing patterns of movement at usual times?

When my little guy is a little more quiet and I get wondering I know there are always a few tricks to get him going - even just poking him will get him to move a little. 

I will say there are some days that's he more active than others though.

 

I've never done them, but what about doing some kick counts for a day. Drink a cold glass of juice, or eat some fruit and really feel around his body to see if you get baby moving. If nothing, maybe it will give you some reassurance - sometimes when we're so busy it's easy to miss how much they actually are moving.

 

I will say it's something worth mentioning to your midwife/Dr - only b/c one of the first questions I get asked by my midwife is if I'm feeling lot's of movement.

post #3 of 9

I get very little movement now. (right around 37 weeks) But, as springmum mentioned, there are definite sleep/awake cycles to every day. Throughout the day, I'll feel relatively nothing unless I drink something cold or very hot...and occasionally after a large meal. Once I get ds to sleep at night though, there's normally a bout of hiccups and some body parts that start poking out although I don't even really 'feel' the movement necessary to get those body parts to poke out. Once I lay on my side to go to sleep for the night, I normally have a lot of light-feeling movement/wiggling and another bout or two of hiccups. The same for when I first wake up in the morning but am still laying in bed. 

 

 

Also, when I get concerned, I am able to get a reaction pretty quickly from poking around or tapping lightly on my belly. In general though I mostly go by hiccups because that's happening at least twice a day! 

post #4 of 9
Do you know what position baby is in and where your placenta is placed?? sometimes if baby is facing their placenta it's really hard to feel them move. Have you talked with your Care provider about it? I know it's normal for there to be less movement at the end, but if you are genuinely concerned, you should talk with your doc/mw about it and see if they have any input!
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Springmum, I guess I meant that I went to bed one evening feeling a little bothered by something, and finally realized it was because I'd hardly felt the baby move at all that entire day. The pasttwo nights I have had little movement, even while laying in bed. It could be that I am too distracted to notice I suppose, although this weekend I have been much more focused due to my growing concern.

 

A few nights ago I think there were hiccups. Pregnova, do you experience these as a steady little thump in your lower pelvis/uterus? I'm at a loss as to how to describe it I guess. For me, they are like a fairly steady 'tapping' sensation, although sometimes there may be, say, 10 seconds between rather than five. I can't imagine what else this would be.

 

Amanda, my doc says the baby is head down, but I have an u/s scheduled for Wed just to be sure. (I don't know about my placenta placement). And a regular checkup on Thurs. Depending how tonight goes, I may try to push for an earlier appointment.

 

I just drank some cold apple cider and lay on the couch for several minutes. There were 1-2 light pushes, so nothing huge but stillreassuring. Oh, and some of you mentioned tapping on the belly - I just tried this and was rewarded with a big foot push out the side of my ribs. :)  Whew!

post #6 of 9
I find I just don't notice a lot of movement now. I often get a foot poking out of my side throughout the day but I won't feel a lot of her other movements. She gets hiccups less often now - yes it's a rythmic tappping . Some days she doesn't get them at all anymore, some days twice. She gets super awake around 8-10pm and moves her firsts around a lot and actually hurts me.

I was noticing this morning that I didn't notice her moving at all throughout the night. But I really paid attention after one of my morning bathroom trips and she was moving, it just is a lot harder to feel on my side now.

I think baby is just squished and mine really isn't changing position much at all. She's been in the exact same position with her back and but to one side for a while now and she likes it. She doesn't even really like to switch sides when I roll over like my older daughter always did. She stretches out and sticks that foot out a lot but I don't always even feel it if I'm standing and not looking for it. It definitely is a lot less big movements than before. I think it's normal - but any time you are concerned, it never hurts to ask. I've read so many stories of moms going into labor & delivery and havig a non stress test done bc baby isn't moving much. It almost always is fine - and it seems like most cae providers are pretty quick to have you do one if you are worried.

Cindy
post #7 of 9

I'm glad you got a good movement! Yes, the hiccups I get are on the verge of annoying. lol A very rhythmic tapping super low in my pelvis and seriously this one seems to get hiccups that last for like 10 min. at a time, but occasionally it's just a short burst of them. I notice that a lot of times, the movements I do feel are just so light and more like body parts pushing outward that unless I'm looking for them, I think I'd miss most of them. I've def. had days where I've been concerned, but I can always get a big reaction if I really try...plus the hiccups, so I feel like it's pretty normal. 

post #8 of 9

Decreased movement is normal-- but definitly ask your midwife about how much you should feel.  This little boy is still extrememly active and his movements are very uncomfortable some of the time.  When I am sitting, the movements around my cervix take my breath away and sometimes make me vocalize or exclaim out loud due to the pain.  My belly sways back and forth with his little butt moving.  I know that the reason I feel more movement is b/c I am 6"0" tall and have way more room than most of you.  I can actually see the outline of some of my ribs now that the baby has dropped-- that is now much extra room I have!!  The downside is that I truly cannot get my legs together in many of the chairs at work....b/c the belly is sooooo lowww..

 

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post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Heh heh..I am 5' tall (well, almost!!) so that might explain a lot. She's plum out of room.  :)

 

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Originally Posted by sillymom44 View Post

Decreased movement is normal-- but definitly ask your midwife about how much you should feel.  This little boy is still extrememly active and his movements are very uncomfortable some of the time.  When I am sitting, the movements around my cervix take my breath away and sometimes make me vocalize or exclaim out loud due to the pain.  My belly sways back and forth with his little butt moving.  I know that the reason I feel more movement is b/c I am 6"0" tall and have way more room than most of you.  I can actually see the outline of some of my ribs now that the baby has dropped-- that is now much extra room I have!!  The downside is that I truly cannot get my legs together in many of the chairs at work....b/c the belly is sooooo lowww..

 

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