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Hi...I have a very active baby and for the past week or so (I'm in my 39th week), the baby hasn't been quite as active. Nothing to worry about, but just not quite as active as usual.

 

I'm just curious...once early labor begins, does the baby become more active? less? about the same? i had some strong "practice cramps" in the middle of the night last night and baby was going CRAZY so I guess I'm just wondering if there's any type of sign from the baby that labor has begun. Obviously, I'm a first-timer and we're doing a home birth.

 

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Honestly, the contractions were always so all encompassing I never noticed the baby's movements during either of my labours. Maybe others have a different experience.


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I remember ds moving around in early/early active labor.  I don't remember how frequent it was, I was off in my own little world for most of my labor, time had no meaning!


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Honestly, the contractions were always so all encompassing I never noticed the baby's movements during either of my labours. Maybe others have a different experience.



Same here. DS activity level slowed way down the last week. When he was born he had clearly lost some weight and my placenta wasn't in great shape but ultimately he was fine (and we were monitoring his movement that last week). But babies can also slow down simply because of a lack space too.


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Towards the end I couldn't feel much movement at all, only the big kicks. At my 41 week appointment I got an NST. They hooked me up to the monitors, and where there are normally little dashes to indicate movement was a SOLID BLACK LINE because she was moving so much. I could even look at my stomach and SEE the movement, but somehow didn't feel much?

 

Same thing with labor- very active baby that I didn't feel move. Unless I was 100% focusing on the movement, I didn't notice it.


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Interesting, I've been wondering the same thing.  I'm 40+3 today and baby has definitely slowed in the last week or so.  The movement has become more rolling her back and throwing elbows around than kicking--I think it has to do with the amount of room available.  No worries!  Makes sense that they would start to get crowded.

 

ETA: good thread, but it probably doesn't belong in Birth Stories.  Maybe a mod move to Birth & Beyond is in order?  


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