I'm just getting nervous because I haven't felt the baby move in a few hours (like 4) and lately it has usually been fidgeting around all day...
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My boys: S (4) & O (2) & Expecting #3 in Dec. 2011
This baby is a lot quieter than ds ever was and I find myslef constantly worried that she's not moving enough. I almost went to the hospital over the weekend because I was just feeling little twinges and not the bigger movements.
Like pp said, a glass of oj and lying down on you side in a quiet room and you should feel some movement in a short time!
Wouldn't it be so much easier if we could just peek in and make sure everything was OK? Heheh. I'm going to try to remember this anxiety when I have little scares when baby is on the outside, so that I can be glad that at least then I can see him/her!!!
It's totally normal.
And some days you won't remember having felt a thing, and other days you will. Usually we are busy doing stuff when they move, or aren't focused on it so don't take notice, or are sleeping.
I'm glad your little one "woke up" but perhaps this would be a good excuse to keep a few chocolate goodies on the shelf?
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I usually bust out my $25 fetoscope, palpate the baby, get the heartbeat and relax. I then palpate the baby some more and that almost always wakes the baby up.
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bust out my $25 fetoscope, palpate the baby, get the heartbeat and relax. I then palpate the baby some more and that almost always wakes the baby up.
to examine by touch, esp. for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.
Doesn't that hurt? LOL
No seriously, what do you mean palpate the baby?
They are the various things you do with your hands to determine how the baby is laying in the uterus. It doesn't hurt, especially when you do them to yourself.
With my first pregnancy I could feel everything, I grabbbed his little head and butt all the time. This time it's more dificult--anterior placenta may be the reason, but anyway I palpate first so that I know where to start looking for the heartbeat. My skills have definitly improved, I can feel the baby and put the scope right where it needs to be for hearing the heartbeat.
I don't remember if you have a midwife or doc or what. If you do don't they palpate the baby?
and planning to eat it again
Even sugary stuff wouldn't make her move.
We never did well with the NSTs at the OBs office either.
ETA: Can you hurt the baby by doing this? Like, crush its little nose or something?
By noticing the absense of movement is how I pretty much knew something was wrong in my previous pregnancy. My intuition also played a role in me knowing, although some women I have talked to who have been through the same thing said they never had any intuitive feelings about it.
I am not by any means saying freak out any time you feel absense of movement but what I am saying is DO take time out to "connect" with your belly every so often-sometimes we are so busy running around that we dont pay attention....
Also - babies do NOT get quiet before labor. Whenever I hear this I swear it makes my skin crawl.
And no matter how cramped it gets in there for baby-you should still feel them moving, period. Kicks may become more like rolls, punches more like soft pushing-but regardless, there should be movement.