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16 weeks and no movement-should I be worried?

(21 Posts)
Bigbangevolution Mon 06-May-13 18:01:55

I'm 16 weeks plus a few days and this is my second pregnancy.
I've felt no movements at all - I'm getting a big worried but tryin not to over think it and panic. I've had two miscarriages in the last so I guess I'm a big sensitive.
Should I be feeling movements?

samsmother Mon 06-May-13 18:06:46

No you shouldn't! Midwives don't even start checking for heartbeat at routine appointments using the doppler until around now ish as baby is so small still. I felt my ds at 18w exact but even then I wasn't sure as it was so intermittent. Congratulations btw X

I thought you were only supposed to feel movement from about 20 weeks on 1st pregnancy, & 16-18 weeks for subsequent pregnancies.

Bigbangevolution Mon 06-May-13 18:13:01

Oh ok. I've got a couple of friends who are same number of weeks as me and they have felt mOvement so that's made me a bit paranoid. Plus I've been googling!
I've got midwife app this week do maybe she will listen to heartbeat?

upanddown83 Mon 06-May-13 18:52:37

I'm 38 wks now but didn't feel anything until 22wks and even then it took a while to recognise the difference between baby moving and hunger lol wink

Pancakeflipper Mon 06-May-13 19:06:31

With my second I was 19 weeks before I felt movement. With my first it was 22 weeks. I wouldn't be unduly worried.

candr Mon 06-May-13 20:23:20

OP, am nearly 16 w with DC2 and had same conversation with DH earlier today. I felt DS1 move at 16w and thought i would feel this one earlier but then again whole pregnancy could not have been more different this time. Is haed not to panic though as is more reassuring when you feel daily wiggles.

mrspaddy Mon 06-May-13 20:26:55

I am 22 weeks and still only feel slight bubbling. I was worried but GP said she could feel a kick when she was examining me a few weeks ago. Consultant said from 18 weeks on. Now I did get funny feelings from about 15 weeks but honestly don't worry.

thepartysover Mon 06-May-13 21:04:41

It may be the position of the placenta. If it's on the outside (if that makes sense) then you won't feel anything til a bit later.

CareerGirl01 Mon 06-May-13 21:08:40

I was told by midwife not to worry until 22/23 weeks - didnt really have much movement from either DD1 or DD2 until 22 weeks in any case.

samsmother Mon 06-May-13 23:07:39

Hey Big Bang, your midwife may or may not check for heartbeat, as I said they don't always as baby is so small still. Mine did at that time but it took a good ten minutes for her to (in fact she couldn't, she had to ask for another midwife to try). Thankfully all was fine and we found the heartbeat but was the longest ten minutes of my life

Careergirl is right. My placenta was at top & back, & I have really bad IBS so I felt movement quite early. My friend had the placenta right across the front, never felt anything until 22 weeks.

I would try not to worry about it unless you also have 'symptoms' eg nausea, bleeding etc. They don't move all the time & although it's lovely at first, you will get pretty sick of the constant acrobatics by the end.

Boosiehs Tue 07-May-13 12:09:56

I'm 24+4 and have really only been feeling identifiable kicks for about 1.5 weeks.
Midwife and GP both said not to worry. I have anterior placenta which they said would make it much harder.

Now the little blighter won't stop!

Bigbangevolution Tue 07-May-13 12:24:43

Thanks so much everyone for your comments.
I was kinda pinning my hopes on hearing the heartbeat this week. I don't think I can wait until 20 week scan! Can I insist that midwife tries to find it?
What if she can't find it-is it just a case of waiting until next scan?

samsmother Tue 07-May-13 13:22:21

I wouldn't insist If its not something they do at this time iykwim! If they can't find it under your insistence of trying, that may not necessarily mean they'll scan you to check heartbeat and then you'll have to wait until the scan anyway but with the added worry of 'but they couldn't find the heartbeat' potentially 4 weeks prior if that makes sense!

Bigbangevolution Tue 07-May-13 13:55:26

samsmother I'm not sure of it is something they usually do at the 16 week check. I think it might depend on the area you live?
But I do get what your saying.

samsmother Tue 07-May-13 15:10:57

Yep I'm guessing it will vary from place to place, if they don't offer it as standard at this point, I wouldn't push for them to try, as I said if they can't find it you'll just spend the next few weeks scared stiff. Easy to say but try not to worry. I went ino my pregnancy with blinkered eyes I think, just kind of went with the flow. Since I've properly discovered mumsnet (a fab site for advice and hand holding) my eyes have been opened to all the worries that other people have. I'm imagining myself to be a worrying wreck If I ever conceive baby number 2 as I think I now know too much!! Congratulations :-)

Bigbangevolution Thu 09-May-13 19:06:09

Quick update: had midwife and we heard a heartbeat!! So far so good. I think it must be standard to listen to heartbeat here so v pleased smile

samsmother Thu 09-May-13 20:26:40

Yay! See, all that worrying for nothing! Unfortunately it doesn't get any easier from here! Once you've been reassured about worry number 1, worry number 2 will come up etc, it doesn't stop :-). But hopefully you can relax abit now and enjoy X

PurplePoppySeed Fri 10-May-13 17:20:07

I'm 21 weeks and only now feeling movements. I never got the fluttering or bubbling feeling but found out last week that my placenta is also at the front and high so I'm not too worried any more, have to admit from 18-20 weeks it was worrying me a lot!

MummyBurrows Fri 10-May-13 17:34:29

I'm 17w and only just started to feel baby move/kick but can only feel it when I lie down and put my hands on my belly with a very small amount of pressure applied,can't reall feel much when out and about,standing or sitting down,but of course babies at this stage are still very small so I'm not expecting to really feel anything "properly" in general for a good few weeks yet! Perhaps give it a go in bed at night,you may feel something then but its nothing to worry about if you don't feel anything just yet smile

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