Baby not moving much-should I call? - Mothering Forums
March 2008 > Baby not moving much-should I call?
avasmomleigh's Avatar avasmomleigh 11:43 AM 03-11-2008
Okay, I am sure this is normal, but I swear this guy is napping all the time. I can get him to move a bit, but no big punches/kicks/rolls. Some hiccups last night. I guess I just need some reassurance. I changed my mw appt from Thursday to tomorrow afternoon. Thanks!!

franklinmarxmom's Avatar franklinmarxmom 12:01 PM 03-11-2008
They do slow down when they're almost "done." It's too cramped in there!

Try drinking something with lots of energy, like OJ (if the heartburn won't kill you), and laying down on your side for 1/2 hour. That usually wakes them up! If you don't feel anything then, you might give a precautionary call, but I wouldn't worry too much.
healthnutmama's Avatar healthnutmama 12:13 PM 03-11-2008
My baby mostly just wiggles now. I think we're winding down and that's normal at this stage. Of course, follow your gut. If you feel something's off, call.
DBZ's Avatar DBZ 12:14 PM 03-11-2008
Drink some orange juice and eat something (sugary is good) and go lay down on your left side and see what happens. Hiccups don't count in kick counts because that's more of a reflex thing then actual movement. At this point in pregnancy, babies start running out of room so the quality of the movement changes some. Soft kicks, rolls, etc. count the same way as big ones. You aren't going to get so many big ones though.
kdaisy 01:00 PM 03-11-2008
My babe is not moving much at all either. (I have my own post going about this right now!) I am such a worrier though.

We are probably in the same boat, just less space to move around in. But I definitely understand your concern.
~ani~'s Avatar ~ani~ 01:30 PM 03-11-2008
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Originally Posted by DBZ View Post
Hiccups don't count in kick counts because that's more of a reflex thing then actual movement. At this point in pregnancy, babies start running out of room so the quality of the movement changes some. Soft kicks, rolls, etc. count the same way as big ones. You aren't going to get so many big ones though.
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From what I understand it's not the size of the movements that counts at this stage (because they don't have much room anymore!) but the number is still important - you still should be able to feel 10 movements /hr (or is it 2hrs?). 20-45 minute naps are normal.

My midwife says call if we have the impression they're moving less - it's usually just due to a position change but she says it's important to go in and have them checked out anyway!
Bellejar's Avatar Bellejar 04:21 PM 03-11-2008
I think I was told 10 movements in two hours. I am getting less movement at this point, but I think it's because it is more of a tight fit now
ilovemygurlz's Avatar ilovemygurlz 05:24 PM 03-11-2008
The confusing thing is you hear so many things. Yes, the baby slows down at the end bc they have absolutely no more room in there. You'll feel a little bit of movement but nothing like you would have felt before. Then you have nurses/doctors telling you if you feel less movements to come in bc there can be a number of reasons why your baby isn't moving around like it used to.

Honestly, I for one can't say not to worry and I also can't say WORRY! bc only a doctor would know what you should do. I would call them up and explain anyway, maybe you should get evaluated.

Good luck!
mariag's Avatar mariag 05:43 PM 03-11-2008
My opinion is that when dealing with a little life its always better to err on the side of caution and call.

If I were you (and I have been in your situation before) I would drink some OJ, or even eat some candy if oj hasn't made much difference, just any strong sugar, and then try to get 10 movements in an hour. If you can't I would call at that point. Best case you do and NST and everything is fine, just timing. Worst case, if something is "wrong" you catch it early and get things figured out.

Best of luck,
Maria
avasmomleigh's Avatar avasmomleigh 05:49 PM 03-11-2008
Thank you mama's! I started guzzling water with cranberry juice in it (cause it tastes awful here), maybe I was a quart low, cause he is moving more now. And left a message with the midwife, just in case. The movements just seem so small-and he was all over the place over the weekend! Laying down and resting might be what I need more than anything-working full time sucks! Too much STRESS!!!
Smokering's Avatar Smokering 06:09 PM 03-11-2008
I thought it was 10 movements every 12 hours, minimum? Oh well; I always forget to count, anyway. And then baby makes up for a languid day by tap dancing all night... grrr. Glad your baby perked up, avasmomleigh! How long do you have to go with the working-full-time deal? I cannot imagine how you do it--this is my first baby, I'm not working at all and I'm still exhausted every day!
kdaisy 06:12 PM 03-11-2008
I am right there with you, Leigh. I finally called my mw, myself and she is having me come in tonight just for a look. But what I thought I would share, is that she said if the baby has dropped that will significantly decrease movement as a large part of them is immobilized. Though it doesn't feel like my LO has dropped.

I am glad he is moving more for you now...and I agree working full time right now is the pits!
healthnutmama's Avatar healthnutmama 06:17 PM 03-11-2008
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post
I thought it was 10 movements every 12 hours, minimum? Oh well; I always forget to count, anyway. And then baby makes up for a languid day by tap dancing all night... grrr. Glad your baby perked up, avasmomleigh! How long do you have to go with the working-full-time deal? I cannot imagine how you do it--this is my first baby, I'm not working at all and I'm still exhausted every day!
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin says that if you haven't felt 10 movements in 12 hours to call your HCP. However, it also states that if the movements have significantly decreased from your norm to also call.


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