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Still no movement

(33 Posts)
emsibub Thu 11-Apr-13 18:34:47

I'm getting worried.

19 weeks and still no movement felt, nothing! I know the baby is alive as we have a Doppler but surely should of felt something by now. Everyone I ask had had little flutters / kicks before this with there second.

Honestly... Do you think there could be a problem? My down screening came back at low risk... X

dolallymum Thu 11-Apr-13 18:40:55

I didn't feel a flutter until 20-21wks. I asked the MW and think she said it was something to do with my placenta.
Is it your 1st? I think movement is felt later into pregnancy with your 1st.

CareerGirl01 Thu 11-Apr-13 18:41:35

Nooo! Don't worry I didn't feel anything till 22 weeks this pregnancy and 23/24 weeks with DD1. Other women will be along to tell you the same thing. Please don't worry OP.

When are you due for your next scan? it could be something as simple as your placenta being more towards the front this time, or maybe this baby just isn't moving as much as your first.

If you are really worried then call your midwife and tell her and she should be able to get you for a scan if your next one is a while away, but I assume it will be in the next couple of weeks anyway.

Its so worrying when something seems different from your first pregnancy but I have had 6 babies and each pregnancy and birth has been completely different (but all equally as worrying) so don't try and compare yours to other peoples, as hard as it is not to thanks

NumberTwoDue Thu 11-Apr-13 18:44:10

I didn't feel anything until the morning of my 20 week scan. I THOUGHT I had before then, but knew as soon as I felt that little kick that everything else had been gas or some other disgusting preggy side effect. Following that she danced a continual samba night and day! I'm sure you'll feel something very soon. X

Is this your first pregnancy? It's not unusual to feel nothing until after your scan. If you are concerned you should ring your MW though.

Please don't rely on home dopplers for reassurance. You aren't trained to use them and they aren't reliable.

rubyslippers Thu 11-Apr-13 18:45:24

is your placenta anterior??

i think this can muffle kicks etc

if you are concerned in anyway then you should speak to your MW

dolallymum Thu 11-Apr-13 18:46:31
space21 Thu 11-Apr-13 18:47:01

Dont worry I felt flutters at 20-21 weeks with my two. If you can hear the heart beat that's great - just be patient.
If baby is facing your back then the kicks wpnt be felt and it will depend where your placenta is too.
Give it a couple of weeks ...

badguider Thu 11-Apr-13 18:47:20

I'm 19wks today and not felt anything, though MW said it was flipping about when she doppler'd it a week ago confused

Maybe I just haven't got very sensitive insides?

You're certainly not alone.

Jollyb Thu 11-Apr-13 18:48:14

I didn't feel movement til much later with my first. Try not to worry too much

lottie7141 Thu 11-Apr-13 18:49:00

Just think of all them women who don't even know they are pregnant until they go into labour! They must not feel anything!

barbben Thu 11-Apr-13 19:15:25

do you know wheres your placenta placed? ask your doctor.
i didn't feel anything until i was after 20th week, don't worry..

Beamae Thu 11-Apr-13 19:45:18

23 weeks last time, twin pregnancy and placenta pretty much everywhere. 17 weeks now and can't feel anything at all.

LetMeAtTheWine Thu 11-Apr-13 19:55:11

I am only pregnant with my first but didn't feel anything until 21 weeks. I am not sure if it makes much difference with your second, apart from you might recognise the feeling a bit sooner.
Speak to your midwife, even if they can't sort out a scan they will be able to check heartbeat and hook you up to a monitor if needed.

emsibub Thu 11-Apr-13 19:56:36

Sorry should of been clear this is my 2nd baby

emsibub Thu 11-Apr-13 19:57:55

Thanks careergirl, that's honestly the first time I've heard someone not feeling anything by now with 2nd x

emsibub Thu 11-Apr-13 20:04:21

People have strong feelings about home dopplers... Why? I think they are a great reassurance tool. They are very simple to use so don't need to be 'trained' people reacted at work when I told them I had one, saying that I'm going to make myself edgy. Exactly the opposite for me, with DD1 if there are days with less movement etc you can gain some quick reassurance...

Scan next Friday 8 days hmm

FrustratedSycamoresRocks Thu 11-Apr-13 20:11:31

I didnt feel my 1st until past 20wks. I didnt feel my 2nd until gone 30wks, and even then she didnt kick much. I did have a anterior placenta, so alot of the smaller movements would have been muffled.

emsibub Thu 11-Apr-13 20:31:56

OMG 30 weeks? That must I'd been a worry. Is she healthy? X

Jollyb Thu 11-Apr-13 20:32:59

Emsibub I think there is concern that dopplers may give false reassurance. Reduced movements can be an early sign of something being wrong with the baby even if the heart beat sounds fairly 'strong' at thar point. Waiting for a change in the heart beat may be too late. So the advice is that you should still contact your midwife/maternity assessment unit if you are concerned about a change in movements whatever you hear on your Doppler .

BabyHMummy Thu 11-Apr-13 20:53:48

emsibub without being rude are you above average weight? My mw was surprised that i had felt movemnt as am overweight and said that the early movements could be masked by it. The fact i think i am carrying the next England ladies rugby kicker probably helped...

Emsibub. Ok you've asked so I will tell you why I am not happy with home dopplers. I'm a student midwife. My colleague was working in an antenatal ward a few weeks back. A lady came in who hadn't been feeling movements for a week but she hadn't sought help or advice because she had been 'reassured' by her home doppler. A scan showed her baby had died at least a week before.

I don't like them as they can cause unnecessary worry if a woman can't find a heartbeat or tragically they can give false reassurance meaning that women don't seek the right help.

BTW I am not suggesting there is anything wrong with your baby but if you have concerns please please conract your midwife for reassurance.

Themobstersknife Thu 11-Apr-13 21:29:31

I didn't feel my second til 22 weeks or something.
My consultant told me in very harsh terms why they don't like dopplers. Basically, a poorly baby's heart will continue to beat until they die. And unless you are very experienced, you would never be able to detect a change in your baby's heartbeat until it stopped beating, when it would be too late. Sorry to be frank but that is the bottom line. Once you start feeling regular movements and can count the kicks which I think is about 28 weeks, this is the only way you should monitor your baby. Any change in movements should be something you act on, not use a home doppler to check on. Sorry again if that upsets anyone but I am saying this because a very good friend lost their baby and if they had been better informed and cared for, their baby might have survived.

ElBombero Thu 11-Apr-13 21:36:21

Thanks msinga but surely she was not getting the correct reassurance from her Doppler if the baby had already died as she would of heard a heartbeat? I am also medically trained and therefore of a position to recognise the difference between mine n babies heartbeat. Suppose the risk is that others don't know.

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