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#1 of 11 Old 12-31-2008, 06:27 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi,
I'm 34 weeks now and for several months I have felt my little critter making these spastic, shuddering movements, almost like a "pee shiver" or a cold shiver. It makes my whole belly tremble. Does anyone else feel this? I imagine it is normal but I wonder what it could be-a cold or pee shiver just like we do, stretching, or just little nerves becoming active?
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I felt this last night!!!! At first I thought it was *me* because I had just received some upsetting news while changing into my pj's. But then I realized, uh....that was the baby! I hope it's normal. Last night was the first time I ever felt anything like it.
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I think it is pretty normal. I don't know what the cause is, but I've felt it on many occassions.

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hello, just popping in to say that i have read here on mdc that it is normal and is caused by an immature nervous system. both my kiddos did this in utero and ds2 (5 mo) did it a couple of days ago. it freaked me out cuz at first i thought he was having a seizure or something but he had just nursed to sleep and was still nursing through out his lil shiver episode. i think now it was just because he was over tired.

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Huh. I've gotton those frequently. This baby likes to move around a lot and responds to me touching my tummy and such. It feels really funny to have the baby move like that. I really hope it's just a normal part of things. I also feel a little fluttering down low sometimes. I keep wondering if it's fingers?

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Yeah, it's interesting that you are mentioning this. I have been feeling the same type of movements since around 30 weeks or so too. It threw me off b/c none of my other babies moved like that. I did mention it to my m/w on one of my last visits and she said it was a common description and nothing to be concerned with.
Now at 35 weeks, they seem to have slowed down a bit but I do still feel them from time to time.

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I also feel a little fluttering down low sometimes. I keep wondering if it's fingers?
I feel that too... I was talking to my midwife and she was saying it was fingers too.
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I wanted to add that the shudder seems to come right at the end of a period of intense, wild movement, and then it's like the dude falls asleep immediately after the shudder (maybe it's like an orgasm! or
"aah i finally got that extra energy out of my system so I can sleep"). That's why I was alarmed at first, like it might be a seizure or something, because after the shudder I wouldn't feel anything for several hours.
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I'm definitely having this as well and it's a little disconcerting but hopefully normal if we're all experiencing it!!
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I was thinking that my babe was having a seizure every now and then ... so much so that I was mentally preparing myself to have an infant with a seizure disorder. Then my midwife told me that it was perfectly normal, and not at all indicative of anything in particular. Just baby, doing baby moves.

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Okay, I am so glad about this posting. I was somewhat worrying about preparing myself for a seizure disorder-- I mean, on one hand I felt that it had to be somewhat normal b/c they little bodies and muscles and nervous sx's are developing, and I thought about how little babies can be a little spastic (for lack of a better term) in their movements. Still, it feels so odd. It sure is nice to take a long breath and stop any unnecessary worrying.
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