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somedizzywhore1804 Sat 22-Feb-14 09:31:25

Hi all

Am 20 + 5 and had scan on Tuesday at 20 weeks. All was good but sonographer said I had an anterior placenta. I understand that this can cause decreased feeling of movements so I asked him about it but he said that he had "never heard" of any women not feeling kicks because of the position of the placenta?!

I have felt things that are clearly movements on and off since 17 weeks but nothing that was very definitely a foot or fist kicking me and it's not regular- some days I never feel anything until nighttime when I'm in bed. Is this because of the anterior placenta?

If you had an anterior placenta when did you definitely start feeling regular movements?


MrsHerculePoirot Sat 22-Feb-14 09:37:35

I had a anterior placenta first time and currently have one this time. I do feel movements, but not like others describe. I feel things rumblings around inside and occasional kicking down into my pelvis or up by my rib age. I didn't feel movements this time consistently until 24/25 weeks really. I sort of felt flutterings and stuff before that point but not regularly at all. I never ever got the hand or foot coming out the bump thing either. I am however a larger lady, so that probably also contributes!

Sussex31 Sat 22-Feb-14 09:39:36

I have anterior high (according to my scan notes) and I felt the first kick at 20 weeks. I hadn't felt anything before then.

For a week or two I was only really feeling them at night, straight after going to bed, but since 23 weeks I have been feeling during the day as well.

Seff Sat 22-Feb-14 09:43:16

I had an anterior placenta with DD, and didn't feel any movements till after 20 weeks, can't remember when I started feeling them regularly. Posterior with current pregnancy, felt first movements at around 13/14 weeks and was feeling regular movements by 16 weeks.

DownstairsMixUp Sat 22-Feb-14 09:48:10

I had an anterior with my first DS. Felt first movements at 17 weeks so seems about normal for a first time pregnancy. I'm 12 weeks now and been told it's anterior again (but could move) so will wait and see how this one progresses!

Sammi1986 Sat 22-Feb-14 09:51:09

Didn't feel definite kicks until 23/24 weeks. Felt some movement before that but not full on kicks

Cariad007 Sat 22-Feb-14 09:52:15

I had anterior high and it took ages to feel any kicks. The consultant said that was quid normal.

EeeekItsTwins Sat 22-Feb-14 10:50:58

I have two anterior placentas (twins). Didn't feel any movements until 22 weeks and by 26 weeks still could only feel them on one side (babies are side by side, so I couldn't feel one of them move). In first pregnancy I felt movement much earlier and more consistently.

Consultant and midwives haven't been concerned about me not feeling movement because of the placenta positions, so v surprised a sonographer would say that.

NewJobNewLife Sat 22-Feb-14 12:16:26

I had an anterior placenta and twins (double the kicks and less space?).

I felt kicks and movements from 22 weeks, though only occasionally at first.

ChewyGiraffe Sat 22-Feb-14 15:40:02

I had an anterior placenta with DD1. I could have written your post "felt things that are clearly movements on and off since 17 weeks but nothing that was very definitely a foot or fist kicking me and it's not regular- some days I never feel anything until nighttime when I'm in bed".
Even later on I could only really feel movements on one side - and I guess sometimes she wasn't that way round. It used to drive me crazy so from twenty something weeks I started keeping a little diary of times when I felt movements - usually this was enough to reassure me that I'd felt more movements than it sometimes appeared. The hospital were fab though - they said any lack of feeling movements was almost certainly down to the anterior placenta, but any time I was concerned I was to ring them and go in to be strapped onto one of those heart beat monitor trace things (yes I have baby brain from my 7 month old - I'm sure I used to know what it was called). Needless to say I spent a lot of time at the hospital. Plus a couple of times they scanned me just to double check - there were times I could SEE baby there punching and kicking my placenta like a big cushion and yet FEEL hardly anything. It was such hard work but hey, there are worse problems to have so I have to count myself very lucky. All the best with your pregnancy.

Misty9 Sat 22-Feb-14 16:40:06

I had anterior placenta with ds and didn't feel movement until 21wks and no really painful or strong movements the whole time.
33wks with second now and felt her since 14wks and she never stops! Massive and painful movements in last few weeks. Anterior placenta again. So i think the baby has an impact too. Ds is still laid back and quite quiet now at 2.5yo smile

onedev Sat 22-Feb-14 16:43:51

I had an anterior placenta with DS1& didn't feel anything that felt like a movement until 30+ weeks. When I told my dr she sent me straight to hospital to get hooked up to a machine (not sure what it's called but the one where they put pads all over your belly)& the nurse there couldn't believe that I didn't feel anything as the baby was apparently moving a lot.

swampusdonkus Sat 22-Feb-14 17:14:41

26 weeks with anterior placenta here and could have written a lot of the above. Felt flutterings quite early, from 16w, but it is only within the last 2 weeks that I have felt what feel like definite kicks (they are still muffled though and I haven't seen any feet or hands pushing out and don't know if I will at all). She is particularly active twice a day, usually about 10-12 hours apart, with the occasional mini flurry of movement every few hours in between. I am sure it won't be long before you are noticing activity that gets gradually stronger and movements that, whilst not necessarily being constant, will be regular for you!

plokett1 Sat 22-Feb-14 18:15:47

I'm 33 wks with an anterior placenta and they also said the same to me. I had flutterings/rumblings from about 18 wks and proper kicks from about 23 wks and now my little wiggler goes crazy! You will prob get the movements when ur least expecting them but rest assured you will get the full on kicks! Have a lie down and a really cold drink...always gets my baby on the move!

RaRa1988 Sat 22-Feb-14 21:48:21

I have an anterior placenta and felt the first movement at 20+5. Now, at 24+2, I feel her moving around a lot smile. I'm sure that's normal - ignore your sonographer!

qazxc Sat 22-Feb-14 22:12:40

Didn't feel movement til 21 weeks. I have been at scans where she is quite clearly kicking and wriggling but can't feel it.
Now at week 23 it's getting stronger although i did have a panic when i couldn't feel her today, but after a cold drink and a tummy jiggle she was doing riverdance in there. I think you don't have to worry about regular movement til 28 weeks though, but if in doubt ring the midwife and they will put you at ease/tell you what to do.

somedizzywhore1804 Sun 23-Feb-14 00:18:55

Thanks all. I did think the sonographer was talking bollocks but wanted some mumsnet wisdom!

ISpyPlumPie Sun 23-Feb-14 00:39:14

I had anterior placentas in both of my pregnancies so have nothing to compare it to, but would say with DS1 his movements seemed a bit less dramatic than people often describe and I often stressed about not feeling him move enough. DS2 however was a complete fidget and I was really surprised when I found out his placenta was anterior too. Not sure if this was a 1st vs 2nd pregnancy thing, different exact position of the placenta or different babies (I would say DS2 is more active now than DS1 was at the same age). Either way, I had two normal pregnancies, two straightforward births and crucially two healthy babies so it really didn't make any difference. Good luck for your pregnancy smile

Nancery Sun 23-Feb-14 00:42:02

I did and I never felt massive amounts of movement. It was more the occasional tweak.

Lazybones80 Sun 23-Feb-14 01:46:27

I'm 26 weeks with an anterior placenta and I felt nothing until 22 weeks. Now I feel loads- proper big jabs that can be felt externally, which is an amazing feeling grin

Poppiesway Sun 23-Feb-14 02:38:08

Somedizzy... The sonographer was talking rubbish. As a sonographer we are told it acts as a cushion to shield movement feelings.. And as a mum both by dc placentas were anterior. I hardly ever felt ds2 even towards the end. They were both 5lb ers at birth though smile

ClearlyMoo Sun 23-Feb-14 07:22:42

Yup, 29 weeks with anterior placenta. Only feel movements when baby is in certain positions and kicks out sideways or into my bladder confused or up into ribs. Haven't seen any limbs protrude at all (though I am flabby)!

It was 21/22 weeks before I really felt anything, and 24 weeks before DH could feel and that's still rare!

Better to have an anterior placenta and have to concentrate on movements (I often have to stop and have a cold drink and lie down/do nothing to concentrate on feeling baby) than to have a placenta in an unhelpful place!!

HeavenK76 Sun 23-Feb-14 14:09:22

I suspect that I have an anterior placenta too this time
I'm 17 weeks and this is #7 so I know how baby movements feel and as I'm quite skinny I've always felt baby move very early on but this time I can't feel anything else than a slight rumble deeper into my tummy which makes me think it's my bowels and I've been worried a few times.
I also noticed if I lay flat my tummy is very soft and can barely feel my uterus which I think is bcoz of the placenta check covering it??
Anyway I will know for sure when I go for my 20 weeks scan.
I have to say I do miss the movements tho, the ones that I felt in previous pregnancies. sad

HeavenK76 Sun 23-Feb-14 14:11:31

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