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Reduced Fetal movement at 39 weeks
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#1 eleven

Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:10 AM

Hi Ladies,

I'm 39 weeks now and carrying a rather large baby. Growth scans put him several weeks ahead but there's been no sign that he's ready to leave his confines yet.

Over the last couple of days I've noticed a real difference in his movements. I'm seeing far less movement/rolls and barely feeling them. I notice really only when I've got my hand touching my belly.

From the reading I've done, it seems that babies tend to stop moving as much when they run out of room, but I'm not sure what's normal.

I was at the OBs last Tuesday and he had a nice strong heartbeat. I'm just not sure whether to be concerned and rushing off for a CTG or just expecting this is the case for a baby that's due in the coming week.

Appreciate all your experience and advice as I'm a FTM...

#2 Tinned asparagus

Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:14 AM

I would personally rush off for the CTG. that's what your hospital is there for. Don't wait, just go and do it for your own peace of mind.

My son was average sized, but he actually kicked me more and really hard in the last week. I was worried he would kick his way out.

#3 ubermum

Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:15 AM

They do get a bit quieter closer to birth. Do a kick count. Concentrate on counting movements and mark them down. You can also drink icy cold water to make them move. If you are worred, call your care providers.

Mine stopped having massive movements, but I still got that foot that would stick out my left side all the time.

#4 JustOneMorePlease

Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:23 AM

The midwives have always said to me if there is any change in movements then get it checked out. So I would be going for a CTG if I was you. The worst that can happen is you waste a couple of hours but at least you will know if your baby is healthy!

#5 Future-Xmas-elf

Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:41 AM

I was told that a difference in the type of movements in the last weeks can be fine, but not a change in frequency. Lack of room means they can't roll around as easily but should still kick a lot and shift around. I would be getting checked  ASAP, call your hospital number, it's what they're there for

#6 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:49 AM

It's always better to play it safe and get any concerns checked out.

DD2 had slowed down when I was almost 38 weeks. At my 38 week check up my BP was up so OB decided to send me for some monitoring. CTG showed a unhappy baby and I ended up being admitted and had DD that night. Better to be safe than sorry.

Hope everything is okay.

#7 tidey2

Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:59 AM

I felt no movement in the 24 hours prior to my son being born. I, stupidly, didn't say a word to anyone until late in the afternoon. My mum rushed me up to the hospital were monitoring showed he was very distressed and his heart rate was irratic. He needed to be out ASAP. It is always the best option to get medical advise if you are unsure.

#8 Lokum

Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:05 PM

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. I'm just not sure whether to be concerned and rushing off for a CTG or just expecting this is the case for a baby that's due in the coming week.

Appreciate all your experience and advice as I'm a FTM...


I would. I was a bit vague on this as well, when my first slowed right down. At a routine appt my Ob asked and i gave a vague reply, so i had the CTG. He was born by emerg c/s that day.
No harm in a CTG. I had about 11 this second pg! Though thankfully the 2nd baby didnt have the same issues, everyone preferered to do the CTG and minimise risk.

#9 bikingbubs

Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:12 PM

Better to be on the safe side.

#10 Soontobegrinch

Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

The nature of the movement changes at term but the number shouldn't alter significantly.
You need to go and have a CTG this afternoon if you haven't already OP.
I know that ice and cold and sweet drinks may get your baby awake but you should not have to prompt them all the time.
I am sure all will be ok but you must check.
Good luck.

#11 niggles

Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:17 PM

I agree you should play it safe. This is one of the things you should get checked out.

That said, I noticed reduced movement the day I went into labour with my first and was told it's not uncommon for baby to stop moving so much as they get into position for labour. Since it can also mean something is not quite right I would go to the hospital. I called and said I had had a show and that I hadn't felt my baby move in over an hour and couldn't get her to move despite my usual tricks. They popped me on the monitor for about 30 minutes and said I was starting to get regular contractions, that baby was fine and sent me home til I was ready to come in again.



#12 R2B2

Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:22 PM

Go and get checked out to put your mind at ease original.gif

#13 Natttmumm

Posted 13 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

With number 2 the movements slowed down around 38 weeks but I still had enough not to worry. If you are concerned get checked. It may just be the baby has engaged and there's not much room. Either way better to know and not be worried.
I think movements change over time but not the frequency. The odd quiet period is normal.




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