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#1 emzylou

Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:47 PM

Just putting it out there to see if anyone else had had this issue; Over the last two weeks ive had severe endema and extreme reduction in movement from baby i have been to the hospital five times in the last week and a half for ctg and scans at first they were worried about size but the scan said she was olay dont have much faith in this since then they just do a ctg say her heartbeat is good and send me home? Should i be asking more questions?

#2 anna_garny

Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:52 PM

I've been told that over the last few weeks there's usually a reduction in movements simply because there's not enough space to wriggle around as much anymore.

Can you ask them if there are certain things you should be on the lookout for? I've been told as long as you feel about 10-20 movements per day that's perfectly fine, but a lot of babies once their heads are engaged will only shift sporadically, again, because there's just no space to squirm around!

#3 elizabethany

Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:53 PM

At 37 weeks there just isn't that much space for baby to move in, so movements often reduce.  Generally they don't get worried unless they stop completely.  So long as they are checking HB and BP, I personally wouldn't be too worried.

#4 Rosiebubs

Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:05 PM

If I were you, I'd be asking more questions. At the end of pregnancy your movements change from kicks and punches to wriggling and shuffling, but nothing 'extreme'. I'm pretty risk averse, but I'd be asking whether they can scan the placenta, and risk of meconium in the water etc.
Good luck!

#5 emzylou

Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:17 PM

Thanks for the help ladies original.gif i knew that it would slow down but even giving her a little poke lying on my left side or cold water wasnt working?
On the ctgs it was about 6 movements in 2 hours and they were happy with that... I see the dr again on tuesday so far its every second day for "close monitoring" but nothing else. So i will just have to see what she says, are they always in such a rush to get you out or is that just my dr?

#6 ReadySetRace

Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:21 PM

Lie down, relax and count the movements for 30 minutes. If there are none, go to hospital. You shouldn't feel pushed out the door. No harm in getting checked out.

#7 Cacti

Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:24 PM

If you're worried, go back, sit yourself down and tell them you're not going home until you're reassured that bubs is okay.

#8 emzylou

Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:49 PM

Thanks again for the help!
Yea they always seem to make me feel like a nuisance but their the ones who tell me to come back... They have said they were going to induceme 3 times then changed their minds... They are still looking into the edema though showing all signs of pre enclampsa but high blood pressure and protein my feet get so swelled up my lower legs looked like thry are bruised and i cant walk properly..
Still no amswers for this though? How acurate are the scans they do for weight? Im 37 + 5 but measuring at 33? They said she was about 6pd 5 ounces which lookong at my belly i fibd hard to beleive considering uve only put in 6-7kgs?
Sorry so long winded so many questions and no answers from the doctors!

#9 HurryUpAlready

Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:58 PM

I would want someone (who knows what they are looking for!) to have a very good look at the cord and placenta to check the blood flow, as well as babies heartbeat and movements.

I was told that babies do not move less at the end of a pregnancy, just that the movements will feel different due to the cramped conditions in there.

Trust your gut OP, even if you have to go to a specialist for a really good scan.

Babies can die at this point due to failure of the placenta, so you want them to keep a close eye on it.

ETA: scans for size can be way out OP. My last scan 2 days before my DD was born estimated her at about 4kg. She was 3kg. I only gained 3kg during my pregnancy (I ended up 8kg lighter after giving birth) so your weight gain isn't really much of an indicator of bubs size).


Edited by HurryUpAlready, 17 February 2013 - 09:02 PM.


#10 madammuck

Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:07 PM

Hi OP,

Scans estimating size can be incredibly inaccurate, they're generally off by about 500grams (plus or minus) but with my last baby they were out by about 1kg... that's pretty inaccurate! Try not to worry too much about size or weight gain, it sounds like your carers aren't overly concerned - and trust me - they would be if your baby was small enough to cause concern.


That said, as PPs have mentioned, if your gut tells you something is not right, then go in and tell your careres you are feeling incredibly anxious and need answers. Maybe try writing a list of questions you need answers for, that way you're not leaving wityh more questions - do you need to know more about your edema? Are they concerned about baby's size? If not, why not? Can they tell you where your placenta is lying as this may effect the amount of movements you can actually feel.

Perhaps also take someone with you to your next visit, so that they can continue to reassure you after you've left.


I hope it all goes well for you.

#11 Natttmumm

Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

I found that i couldnt feel the movements as much but if i sat still i could see my belly moving.

The movements changed. You could ask for a wellbeing scan to reassure you

#12 Koobie83

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:03 PM

Don't worry about being seen as a hassle. I went up to the hospital for the third time today with reduced movements. She was absolutely fine and there was plenty of movement in the trace and ultrasound. You docs and midwives are there for a reason. Always trust yourself and be proactive. Most likely bub is fine but it's always good to get it checked.

#13 redmum77

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:19 PM

My edema gets bad if I don't struggle down 3ltrs a day of water, and no caffeine, Urgh but it works. Also no sitting in computer chairs. Plus some electrolytes once a day. I've only put on similar weight to you each preg and had up to 8 and a half lb bubs!

I'm getting less movements but when bub moves it serious and pokey. If you are worried then it's better to possibly annoy someone than regret not doing something later. Does your hospital have a place to go to get bub checked, rather than the doctor?

#14 Justaduck

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:29 PM

I had that, had a CTG @ 37+4 & 38+4 (bub was born at 38+6). Can't explain it, just movements slowed down a lot. Bub was fine.

My scan was pretty spot on for size, the one I had at 37weeks at least.

#15 Klinkalink

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:35 PM

Ask them if they can do an ultrasound to check placental blood flow. I had a severe reduction in movement at 36w5d and they did an ultrasound that showed that the placental blood flow had dramatically reduced, and the placenta (and baby) wasn't going to make it anywhere near 40 weeks. DS2 was born via c/s two days later at exactly 37 weeks.

#16 feral_drakk

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:39 PM

If you are worried OP and something just doesn't feel "right" go into the hospital. You are not a bother.
I had reduced fetal movements with my DS and I didn't want to make a fuss as I had already been to the hospital a month before as I had slightly high BP and I felt stupid being there. Had I have not had a scheduled midwife appointment that day things may have turned out differently for me.
I was put on the CTG and he was having heartbeat dips so they scanned him and he wasn't moving when poked.
So I was induced.

Thankfully everything turned out ok.
But if you don't feel right it is better to go in and be on the safe side.



#17 Soontobegran

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:41 PM


OP, if they are doing second daily CTG'S and sending you home then I would say they must be happy with the tracings. If anything we err on the side of caution if not 100% happy.
It seems that your baby is probably moving more often than you are feeling and sometimes when you have a lot of generalised oedema this can happen.
I presume they are also checking your blood pressure, testing your urine and have done a recent ultrasound to check the placenta, the amniotic fluid levels and cord blood flow?

Please don't ever be afraid to go in if you feel anxious they are there to reassure you but they do sound as though they are monitoring you pretty well.

Lots of good luck to you.




QUOTE (doctorseuss @ 17/02/2013, 09:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lie down, relax and count the movements for 30 minutes. If there are none, go to hospital. You shouldn't feel pushed out the door. No harm in getting checked out.


Sorry but this is not quite true. There are times at 37 weeks when a baby will not move for a couple of hours and if that is normal for pregnancy then 30 minutes is just not long enough to suspect there to be a problem.
Of course if the mother feels anxious at any time they are welcome to come in but I don't want expectant mums to be concerned if there's no movement in a 30 minute period unless their baby is normally moving this often.

#18 emzylou

Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:10 AM

Thanks ladies still reduced movements so it is possible i cant feel them have another ultrasound today then seeing the dr straight after they are testing for the blood flow and fluid levels. I will be definately asking for some answers in regards to everything though as its not getting any better and I want to be reassured everything is okay. Will let you lnow how I go today hopefully its good news!

#19 Beancat

Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:19 AM

OP,I am at risk of preclampsia as I had it last time and have been have regular scans on my cord and the arteries to my uterous and blood tests to test kidney and liver function.  Are they doing these tests?  When I had preclampsia last time there was no protein in my urine, minimal swelling and my blood pressure only soared right at the end when things got serious.  My liver however was sore for days.  I'd be demanding these tests.  Trust your gut instinct.  BTW how is your pulse?  Mine was down around 48 for a few days before I was hospitalised (mine was post partum)

Edited by Beancat, 19 February 2013 - 08:20 AM.


#20 emzylou

Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:57 AM

They are saying that my blood pressure is normal although normally mine is low and i have explained this too them but they dont seemConcerned my mum had really bad pre e when she was pregnant with me same thing no protein or anything showed up at the last minute!  The swelling is still quite bad though so hopefully they look into it some more as it is a little bit concerning!
They were looking to induce me when i saw them last friday but they changed their minds and i had to go back sunday for a ctg and theyve sent me for the scan im having today. It seems they are concerned about something due to the monitoring and tests/scans but they arent telling me what exactly they are looking for.
Hopefully today is the day of answers!

#21 raone

Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:14 AM

Hi op Your last post sounded alot like me. My mum got pre eclamspia with all three pregnancies.

I kept getting headaches and stuff at the end of mine so i kept getting my blood pressure checked. I also had a couple of instants where I saw spots before my eyes and rang the birth suite to see what to do. It was always just in normal range although I usually am low. Anyway my due date I had an ob appt and blood pressure was right on the edge so he scheduled a visit the high risk clinic in the hospital three days later.

Went to the appt and took my husband as I had a bad feeling. BP was 180 over something and had protein, and was induced immediately.

My biggest lesson from that experience was if you get a headache go get your BP checked asap at a chemist or something. I never went in the midst of the headache as I really didn't feel like getting up.  Anyway good luck and take care of yourself. Just a phone call to the birth suite reassured me me enough to relax sometimes.

#22 BeccaBoo88

Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:01 AM

I had an OB appt yesterday and asked about movements and was sent to this link by my the midwife.

http://drgregj.wordpress.com/

I am a big believer in going with your gut. Don't feel like a hassle calling or going to the hospital - it's their job to look out for you and your baby's health. Don't leave until you have all the answers you want - write a list if it helps.

Good luck. Hope everything is going well.

#23 emzylou

Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:08 PM

Thanks for the link it pretty much sums up what the ob told me yesterday. Shes given me a kick chart for watching it anything less than ten in 12 hours she wants me to go in. I now also have to keep an eye on my bp she is hoping it doesnt spike so i have an at home tester for that too. She has me going back for a growth scan next week and if she hasnt grown then we will look at induction that appt is 4 days before my dd anyway so she said we may hold off till my dd but she doesnt think shes going to let me go over my dd.
From all the scans and tests everything looks perfect so got alot of answers to ease the anxiety and now just to wait it out original.gif






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