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#1 Meg1983

Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:15 PM

Hi Everyone

This is my first pregnancy and hoping to get a bit of advice on movements from other mums-to-be. I'm 20w2d and due in late December.

I've been feeling movements now for the last week and a half - the bubby is settling into a routine - he/she is very active in the mornings after I eat breakfast and then I will usually feel spurts of activity during the day on probably 2 or so occasions and then again just after dinner. Some days bubby moves much more than others and weekends I find the routine changes a bit as I'm moving around more (as opposed to being seated at my desk job).

Yesterday I felt bubby move at around 10am and then again at 11.30 am and then felt nothing for the rest of that day or last night. I didn't sleep well at all as I was so worried. Granted yesterday I was at an engagement party and spent most of the day on my feet.

By 10am this morning I was quite worried and called the womens assessment service at my hosptial - the midwife advised to have a sweet cold drink and some lollies and sit quietly for an hour and see what happens. Sure enough - the baby started to move about soon after I drank a glass of cold chocolate milk.

Bubby has settled again now but I'm feeling a bit frazzled!! I was wondering what other women are experiencing at this point in pregnancy? Hopefully this afternoon I will feel some movement again.

Is it ok to have hours at a time with little or no activity? Roughly how many times a day do other women feel bubby move and for how long?

I had my scan last week and they told me my placenta is sitting at the back so there isn't too much masking the baby's movements.

Would love to hear from anyone out there. xxx

#2 LovenFire

Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:24 PM

Babies sleep a LOT!  And they rest a lot too.  And at 20 weeks, they're quite little.

Also, as you move around, baby will be lulled to sleep so you are unlikely to feel much movement during those times.  I found that I barely felt baby move during the day, but jeepers, once I tried to sleep, it was a different story.  Also, if I had a hot shower, it seemed to wake baby up.

If you do find yourself worrying that you have not felt baby move, try to sit quietly and have a cold drink.  If you haven't felt baby move after about 1/2 hour, call your OB.  I was told that I ought to feel about ten movements a day - not 10 episodes of lots of movements, but about ten all up.  But, check with your midwife/ob.

#3 sazbah

Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:30 PM

At this early stage they're so small, and have so much space to move! They can wriggle into a place you can't feel them move, they can sleep, they could be doing anything :)

Like the PP said--if you're worried, definitely get advice. It's not good for you or bubs for you to be stressing, but it's totally normal :)

#4 Soontobegran

Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:40 PM

It is very normal for movements at this stage to be sporadic.
Many women haven't felt movements at all at this stage and this is also normal.

Your baby is tiny, it also sleeps most of the time.
To feel a movement it has to stretch or kick it's tiny limbs into the wall of your uterus which in turn touches the inside of your abdominal wall...that is when you feel your baby.

If you could have a window into your uterus, your baby is moving constantly, even when asleep but you do not feel all these movements as there are no sensory nerves inside the uterus, you only feel the big ones.

Once your baby has established a pattern of movement it will be easier to keep track of what is normal for you and notice if there is a variation. For many women this is not until late in the second trimester.
Lots of luck, please do not stress.

#5 madmax1

Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:40 PM

My son was breach my whole pregnancy and I had little movements at all. My only indicators that he was ok was in my latter stages when he had hiccups a lot.

They do move a lot and often when you are busy you just do not notice. If I was ever worried I did the cold glass of water thing but I had a few hospital visits due to lack of movement. They always say to be safe and get it checked out but its a good sign that the baby moves when you have the sugar.

You have a long way to go with regards to movement so be patient Im sure bubs is just fine and wondering what all the fuss is about! Take care

#6 Meg1983

Posted 12 August 2013 - 02:30 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments. x

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