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How active should baby be at 22 weeks?

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#1 BluJay

Posted 12 July 2018 - 02:54 PM

As above. I'm a little concerned he is underactive.

I only started feeling him at just past 20 weeks. But he barely moves. I feel a vague flutter/ movement once, maybe twice a day.

I had morphology scan two weeks ago and all was well.

This is my third, so know what I'm looking out for. I would swear I felt more movement than this with the first two!

Is this normal amount of movement for this gestation?

#2 seayork2002

Posted 12 July 2018 - 02:59 PM

I don't remember 2 days the same with my son, some days hardly anything then others he was playing football in there sorry no help really

#3 rowd

Posted 12 July 2018 - 03:28 PM

From what my midwife has told me, there isn't expected to be a normal until around 26 weeks. Until then, the baby is still quite small and can easily move into positions where you can't feel kicks or movement. But in saying that, if you are concerned it never hurts to get checked out.

#4 alchetta

Posted 12 July 2018 - 03:56 PM

Pretty sure some people still don't feel bub at 22 weeks, I know the movements I had then were subtle and some days barely noticeable. Could be "roomier" in there or maybe bub is in a different position... where's your placenta? Not blocking movement?

#5 Caribou

Posted 12 July 2018 - 05:54 PM

Is this your 1st? I only got flutters around that time and nothing major until later.

My second though I started feeling at 16wk but even then he wasn’t massively noticeable. I’d need to be sitting down to feel him! He was fine though.

But I’ll say this, when in doubt, no matter how silly or trivial you feel, ALWAYS call up or see your midwife asap and get it checked. They rather you came in than not at all.

#6 Lallalla

Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:10 PM

Do you know where your placenta is? If this one is at the front and the last 2 were ar the back (I forget the technical terms) it makes quite a difference. My 1st was at the front (posterior maybe??) and I barely felt her for a long long time. I also remember she could “disappear” and when I went and got checked she was hiding entirely behind it.

But still, if in doubt get checked.

#7 BluJay

Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:17 PM

It's my third. Placenta is fundal posterior so shouldn't be blocking much.

He has started to be a little more active now that it is later in the day - I have noticed that he seems slightly more active later in the day. Maybe he is just lazy!

I have an antenatal appointment at 815 tomorrow morning so hopefully all will be well.

Thanks for the feedback everyone

#8 MumOfThreenager

Posted 12 July 2018 - 07:56 PM

I’m 25 weeks now and I asked my midwife the same question recently! Apparently it’s within the realms of normal. Although like you, I remember my first being much more active at this stage - and he had front placenta! So I’m hoping the movements increase soon.

I have noticed this baby moves more if I’m lying down - maybe see if you can change positions or do something else to provoke a reassuring kick?

All the best for your appointment!

#9 MillyM

Posted 13 July 2018 - 06:56 AM

I’m 25 weeks now too and only just starting to feel a distinct pattern of movement. Much more at night and when I have hot drinks, sit down, etc.

#10 Riss_234

Posted 16 July 2018 - 02:04 PM

I think I only started to feel a little bit around the 22-week mark, and it's gradually gotten more obvious since then - now 25 weeks. This is my first though. I had for a long time felt tiny little things that were indistinguishable from the gas/bubbles in my stomach that I'd always had before pregnancy, but since there were a fair few I assumed some of them were probably from bubs.

At my 20-week ultrasound the doctor told me the baby was very active and said he was a 'wriggler'. I was surprised and said I'd not felt anything much that I could clearly identify as being the baby. He said the placenta was in front so might be blocking me from feeling things.

I find that when I start looking for movement and thinking about it, it seems like he's hardly moving and I start to worry, lol. When I forget about it all, I notice movements from time to time but am not analysing so it all seems fine. I think it helped a lot knowing that the ultrasound was all good, and I've been in to see midwives a couple times since then who listened to his heartbeat and said all is well. Let us know how your antenatal appointment went! I'm sure bubs will be fine. <3

#11 BluJay

Posted 16 July 2018 - 03:30 PM

Everything is fine!

The midwife said pretty much what a few of you have said - that movement isn't generally terribly obvious until about 26 weeks. It's from then that you need to count your kicks and be aware of any drop off in movement.

I asked if we could take a listen and she said they dont generally do that at 22 weeks as they can be hard to find! I kind of insisted and said my other midwife (I'm doing shared care) has always been able to find him. I pointed to where he seems to have parked himself and she immediately found him. Didn't even need to move the sensor around!

So all is well. Just my anxiety getting the better of me I guess. The day before I posted I had been feeling ill - body aches, back ache, slight diarrhea plus not feeling him, had me a bit worried!

Thanks for the kind words and good luck to all the other pregnant ladies!

#12 Riss_234

Posted 17 July 2018 - 04:27 PM

Glad to hear it's all fine! :D It's just par for the course, isn't it, to have days when you find yourself worrying and wondering. It's a pretty strange thing when you think about it, being fully responsible for the life of a little being who is hiding somewhere in your body where you essentially have no access and can't see any of what's going on! lol.

I'm actually surprised you could tell and point to where he's 'parked himself'! I can't feel/sense that at all. :rolleyes:

#13 StartledFlamingo

Posted 18 July 2018 - 08:31 PM

Good news OP.

My second was just not an active baby and it freaked me out throughout the pregnancy. I also couldn't prod her into action like I could for my first (cold drinks, sugar hit etc). Some babies just aren't big movers - apparently Mum had the same (active brother then lazy me).

#14 Soontobegran

Posted 18 July 2018 - 08:48 PM

Aside from the gestation there is a difference between babies too that can make every pregnancy different.

Comparing the activity between babies will drive you batty ( ask me how I know )

The midwife in me would not be expecting someone to report regular and predictable movements until late second trimester but I do know that once you feel it you expect it all the time.

Glad all is well.

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