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<p>I noticed a decrease in movement yesterday from the baby. I am 34 weeks 1 day. Baby has kicked hard up until yesterday, and I mean hard, like you can see my hips shake or it physically hurts me when the baby moves. Since yesterday I have only felt small movements, no kicks, maybe some movement, but not a lot. I barely felt any last night and usually it wakes me up and I can't fall asleep. So far, not much this morning, either, a few shivers, not much. I called the midwife, but am I jumping the gun? It's not even 24 hours, but I never bothered to do kick counts before because baby moves so much, and since yesterday, I am not sure I barely get any kicks, just a little movement.</p>
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<p>I am a little worried for jumping the gun because I am advanced maternal age and a vbac, so I fear they will just cut me open at the first sign of trouble. I haven't had any blood or fluid leaking. Is it normal for movement to decrease quickly? I know they run out of room and have slow periods, but it doesn't even have the same force it used to.</p>
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<p>ETA: I also woke up this morning with terrible morning sickness, dry heaving and everything. I hope that isn't something to be worried about?</p>
 

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<p>Hi there,</p>
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<p>Sorry you got so worried.  They will surely not just cut you open - their first action most likely will be to monitor the baby's heartbeat (externally) for 30-60 mins or so to check on his/her basic heart rate and activity pattern (I've had that happen a few times) and then take it from there.  They will not go into serious action unless there really is something wrong.  After all, it's in the baby's interest to stay put a bit longer and getting him out too early for no good reason is not what anybody would want!</p>
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<p>Whenever I am concerned about movement (and activity patterns *do* vary - just think of yourself, how one day you can be very active and the next down on energy), I lie down on my left hand side, giving my belly optimal room, and wait for movement.  I think you need about ten distinct movements in two hours.</p>
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<p>But if your concerns persists or if you have only the least doubt, I would definitely call, to be sure and to feel better yourself.  My hospital has been very good about responding to my concerns and putting my mind at ease the few times I felt something was wrong.  I don't regret having contacted them.</p>
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<p>All the best!</p>
 

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<p>Is there something you do that results in more kicks? If so, do that!  I have noticed that if I drink juice or eat a donut, or lay down to relax, I feel her more, or at least notice her more!  (I am chasing after 2 pre-schoolers so there are times when I just don't notice her kicking since I am not focusing on it.)</p>
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<p>If you do go in for the NST (non stress test) eat/drink something sugary and drink lots of water.  You want to make sure you pass those tests since you are a VBAC mama (i.e. you want the baby to move during the NST and you want them to see plenty of fluid on a u/s).</p>
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<p>Good luck mama, keep us updated!!</p>
 

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<p>With my previous pregnancy movements had a patter of sorts...highs and lows so to speak.</p>
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<p>I also remember that as I got bigger the movements got smaller. My OB at the time said it was due to the baby running out of space.</p>
 

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<p>well, I think my panic woke the baby up, because she started to get hiccups and then started moving when that happened. So I have gotten about 10 counts so far, they aren't as painful and strong like the used to be, but they are movements, so I am going to take that. I have to call the midwife back after the hour to let her know the baby moved enough.</p>
 

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<p>Glad u r getting some movements. I got concerned last night too and finally laid on my left side after having a lil caffine & had no problem. I also went in and they did a NST last time I was preg. I think baby was running out of space. Hope baby hangs out a bit longer 4 u. :)</p>
 

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I just had a similar thing happen to me yesterday-- huge kicks before (like visible from underneath my sweatshirt, to just teeny movements.)<br><br>
It wasn't until I laid down last night that I realized what was going on. She'd turned! laying down, I could feel the smoothness of her back, rather than the lumpy lumps of before.
 

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I just had a similar thing happen to me yesterday-- huge kicks before (like visible from underneath my sweatshirt, to just teeny movements.)<br><br>
It wasn't until I laid down last night that I realized what was going on. She'd turned! laying down, I could feel the smoothness of her back, rather than the lumpy lumps of before.</div>
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<br><br><p>oh goodness I hope not! At my 32 week u/s they said she was already in position! I know that was soon, but since I am trying to vbac and had an OP baby last time, I don't want her turning anymore if she is okay now.</p>
 

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<p>glad you're feeling her more now. </p>
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<p>I notice a HUGE difference in quality and quantity of movement depending on her position - when she faces my back, I feel her shifting around, but much less noticeably, and my belly doesn't dance around as much. Her big kicks and movements really hurt - big kicks and punches to my guts.  I know it's better for labour for her to be in the "right" position, but man, I'd sure prefer her to stay sideways or sunny-side up until then - it's unnerving! </p>
 

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<p>well, after the hiccups, she hasn't moved in 2 hours, even after eating lunch and drinking a soda. Add to that I have started to dry heave a lot, I called back and told them, she kicked lightly after the hiccups 9 kicks in 40 minutes, but hasn't moved in 2 hours after eating lunch, they want me to come in the hospital. Great : ( I know, better safe than sorry, but I am waiting her for my sister to come and then have to drive 50 minutes to the hospital. So this will be a long evening.</p>
 

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<p>I'm am sorry you are having this scare.  Hope it's all cleared up quickly  <img alt="hug.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug.gif">  Keep us updated.</p>
 

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<p>Oh, I'm so sorry you're having this stress ... I hope you get some peace of mind very soon!</p>
 

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<p>Sorry you are having to deal with this!  Let us know how the check goes.</p>
 

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<p>Looking forward to an update.  I wonder with you being sick if your fluid is low?  This baby has been super active, like 10 HARD movements an hour, but I have had one or two days where I only had 10 movements in a 2 hour period 2x over the course of a day.  The next day baby was back to his/her active self.  I am glad you are being seen though, I hope you get the reassurance you need and they find a healthy baby who's just having a chillax kind of day.  I was getting NSTs almost weekly with DS#2 (my first pregnancy) because he was so mellow he would not move and was always failing kick tests.  Even juice and a meal would not get him moving.  Only threat of ultrasound would perk him up and he would pass the NST right at the last minute.</p>
 

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<p>I've been thinking of you and hoping everything is OK!</p>
 

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<p>Thinking about you and your baby!  Hope everything is okay!</p>
 

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<p>So I ended up going to the hospital. It's about a 45 minute drive. As soon as I sit in the waiting area, baby starts kicking. So I figure, I would waste everyone's time, they would hook me up and then send me home. Well then baby decides not to cooperate. In the meantime, apparently I am contracting. Every 2-3 minutes. So they give me water. I drink like 36 ounces, no change. I decide to get an IV because I think it will get me out faster. No change, still contracting. Then they give me a shot of this stuff that starts with a "t" and she told me I might feel like I drank some coffee. Um...no....I felt like I got a shot of adreniline. It was terrible, I refuse the next 2 shots. Then the midwife tells me that it won't stop pre-term labor anyway. So I was kind of annoyed. But yet she pushed more shots. URGH!  I will say after the shot, I did notice a difference, so what I thought were baby movements or digestive pain was probably me having contractions. But there was no change to my cervix, it was closed.</p>
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<p>Later the next nurse says that since I wasn't feeling anything, she probably wouldn't have called the midwife. So great, this is subjective. But she has to do the fetal monitoring again. I hadn't eaten since noon, and it was now 7 pm. Anyway, they send me home at 8 after nurse #2 does NST for movement. Everything was okay. I was so hungry, I stopped to get fast food. Drove 40 minutes home and threw up as soon as I walked in the door.</p>
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<p>I am so tired of being pregnant : (</p>
 

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<p>lillymonster - ugh, that sounds very frustrating.  At least you got some information even though everyone had a differing opinion on what to do with it.  I think it's turbutaline or something like that that they give to stop labor?  Do they want to see you again?  I feel awful that you had to go that long without eating and then threw up when you got home!  You poor thing!</p>
 

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<p>That is just frustrating!  Hope you are doing better and the nausea has subsided. </p>
 
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