How about the rest of you? Do you do kick counts? Anybody else worried about this too?
Sometimes I pull out my doppler for a little listen, that usually eases my mind completely.
Nic, loving mama to 5 with a SURPRISE 6th on the way.
Honestly, I don't bother with them as I find them needlessly anxiety-inducing. And the thing is, if you call and say "Well, my baby has only moved twice this hour" they don't really do anything besides tell you to call back if you feel no movement.
Plus, every practitioner seems to have their own guidelines.
Mama to a wonderful, happy, and delightfully odd little boy who will shortly have a baby sister.
It's more than likely your baby is fine, just running out of room to move freely. But, if you are having any intuition that something is wrong, have it checked out. One year to the day before I went in to the hospital with DS, my colleague lost her 40 weeker after waiting to go in for decreased movement.
OB RN, partner to and mama to (2008, 31 weeker) and (2011)
Try some loud music, orange juice, flipping positions (turning onto my side on the couch after sitting up usually gets some angry movements), poking and prodding usually help. Here at the end movements can be decreased normally-mine always have been.
AP Mom to 5
I agree with others, though, that if your intuition tells you something is wrong, definitely get it checked out.
If you eat something - almost anything seems to work, though of course the standby is orange juice - and then feel baby wake up and start moving like normal (though, of course, that changes as they grow!), then I wouldn't be too concerned. However, I am *always* a fan of mother's intuition. If you think there's truly a problem, call your CP. If you ever feel like you need to be seen NOW, then go in.
The likelihood is that baby is entirely fine, but always go with your gut.
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
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