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how much movement?

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GirlWithTheMouseyHair Sun 24-Jul-11 22:34:17

am 22wks with DC2. Felt flutters etc from 15weeks then nothing 18-20wks. Since 20 wks had proper kicks but can't remember how regular and strong they were with DS so just looking for reassurance really.

I'm getting maybe 5-10kicks total in 24hours, usually some at the beginning and some at the end of the day. I haven't gone 24hours without movement but am suffering from anxiety quite badly....this is normal right? and then I'll get more as the baby gets bigger? I can only really remember late pregnancy with DS when the movement was constant!

pootlebug Sun 24-Jul-11 23:05:04

All babies are different - I think the important thing is to try to keep track of changes in the 'normal' movements of this baby, rather than compare to other babies etc. You can get 'Count the Kicks' bracelets to keep track, or an iphone app I believe. But if you are concerned I would definitely telephone your midwife in the morning (i.e don't wait for your next appointment - address it now).

Beesok Mon 25-Jul-11 14:55:34

am not that experienced (first pregnancy!) but also was anxious about movements, when I first started feeling them I began to note down in my calendar when I felt movement - did that for about 10 days and then when you look back you can see a pattern, now I know for ex that my baby usually kicks between 5-6 am (she's done it every day) and 10-12 pm for example plus other times so it's easier to check if there is a change in movement which is, I think, more important than the number of kicks - my friends baby kick all the time all day long, mine has quiet periods so depends on the baby

If you are anxious about anything don't hestitate to call your midwife/hospital. Part of their job is to reassure you when you'e worried!

Bartimaeus Mon 25-Jul-11 15:03:56

I think it's quite early to see a real pattern. I think it's worth noting when you feel movements but I was told there is no real pattern until 28 weeks. I felt very few movements (literally less than 5 a day) until around 26 weeks, now it's loads!

However, my baby's pattern isn't a 24 hour pattern. Some days he'll kick and roll loads (over 100 kicks in 8 hours) and then the next day hardly anything. Think he tires himself out! grin

Some things are almost guaranteed to make him move (chocolate being one of them) but then again, another day I'll eat chocolate and he won't budge hmm

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Thu 28-Jul-11 21:39:30

I thought it might be a bit early, but just can't seem to remember what happened between those first kicks and finally having a foot permanently wedged in my ribs with DS.

Thanks for the reassurance - I'm feeling her move every evening for sure, probably because I'm still and therefore can tell the kicks better. Just part and parcel of what seems to be antenatal depression and anxiety as opposed to anything wrong with the baby

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