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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

Ashoething Fri 12-Apr-13 11:59:07

I didn't even realise you could buy dopplers to use at home! Tbh Im glad I didn't as I think I would have driven myself mad. I lost my 3rd dc at 28 weeks after having no movement for a whole weekend.

With my first I didn't feel any movements until about 20 weeks. With my last it was much earlier-more like 15 weeks. I hope you are ok op and get the reassurance you need.

DaveMccave Fri 12-Apr-13 11:55:44

To the OP, It may turn out that you have an anterior placenta this time and that is masking movement, but it is perfectly normal not to feel anything by this point, even if it is your second pregnancy. They could just be facing towards your back.

DaveMccave Fri 12-Apr-13 11:53:44

emaibub I bought a Doppler in the early weeks. I managed to pick up a hb at only 9 weeks and that was fantastic reassurance for dp and I that pregnancy was viable without waiting another month for the dating scan. However, dp did some research on the effects of ultra sound waves to the baby. They are probably safe but noone knows for certain. There are several studies that suggest the ultra sound can be heard and be very distressing and loud for them, even painful. One study shows that babies who had frequent ultra sound scans in pregnancy had a much higher incidence of left hand dominance, so maybe they do effect development?

I think occasional use is probably fine, I used mine a few more times, once when I had a bleed for example, but if I hadn't read those studies I would have been using it at least once a day as many people do.

Gonnabmummy Fri 12-Apr-13 11:49:38

1st baby at 20+2 not felt a thing, just waiting for it. Had scan 2 days ago little one looks big hard to imagine how you don't notice it as he was knocking shapes out none stop but not a thing yet next two weeks I hope :D

Mawgatron Fri 12-Apr-13 09:34:23

It was 24 weeks before I felt anything. At the 20 week scan they told me I had an anterior placenta (positioned at the front), which would muffle the movement. My midwife described it as 'kicking through wadding'

It's annoying but amazing when you eventually do feel it. I am now 30+5 and feel kicks all the time. Don't worry, it will come! Xx

FrustratedSycamoresRocks Thu 11-Apr-13 22:32:12

emsi yes, she's now a very active 4yo.
Placenta was all at the front, and carried a bit extra fluid, so obviously very padded and comfortable in there, a rather straight forward non-complicated pregnancy.
I did worry a bit and had an extra scan and checks, but I was advised to watch for changes in movement rather than count the kicks.

dc3 however is making up for her lack of movement and doesn't seem to stop.

I believe in that particular case the woman was using an app on her iphone. However I firmly believe that if women listened to their own bodies and feelings and relied less on technology then there would be less problems.

If you are medically trained then obviously in your case you know what you are listening for. A lot of women won't and that is when problems arise.

ElBombero Thu 11-Apr-13 21:38:41

Emsibub is now elbombero. Want something more anonymous

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.

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.

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.

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...

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 .

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

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

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 20:04:21

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

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 19:56:36

Sorry should of been clear this is my 2nd baby

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.

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.

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..

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!

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

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.

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 ...

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