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coneywonder Tue 16-Jun-15 13:18:53

I'm 37 weeks tomorrow and something just doesn't feel right with babies movements I was really busy yesterday and didn't notice much and when I got in bed last night baby was kicking the book I was reading off my belly so that reassured me. However I kept waking up in the night feeling like something was wrong and although I have felt some movements today I can't shake this feeling. Currently lay on my left side after drinking a glass of water as this is what my midwife said to do and I am feeling light movements and twitches but ive never know what's "normal" for this baby really. What do I need to be looking out for? Loads of movements over the next hour whilst I'm lay here?

I don't know if subconsciously I'm being paranoid because at my last appointment my midwfie told me to keep an eye on movements even more now as baby is on large side of normal.


HelenF350 Tue 16-Jun-15 13:20:10

If you are concerned please call your midwife. Any change in movements should be monitored.

coneywonder Tue 16-Jun-15 13:21:32

I have done and I'm lay on my side and will be for the next hour like she suggested

Earthbound Tue 16-Jun-15 13:22:27

You need to ring your midwife or maternity unit. If you are concerned, they will probably ask you in to be monitored. Everything is probably fine but changes in movement patterns should be taken seriously.

Skeppers Tue 16-Jun-15 13:38:18

Definitely worth calling the maternity unit if you're worried. I had this a few weeks ago. They say that you should look for 10 movements over 24 hours, but my baby has always been much, much more active that that, so when it had been a good half a day and I'd not felt anything I called them. They were really good; told me to come in straight away and hooked me up to a fetal tracer/heartbeat monitor thingy for an hour or so. Thankfully everything was fine.

They didn't make me feel like I was wasting their time for one second. The consultant said that they'd rather see 100 women who were just being 'safe' than 1 woman who hadn't wanted to bother them and something had gone tragically wrong.

The worry itself can also affect baby's movements apparently. Your worry releases certain hormones which baby reacts to and which makes them move even less; it's a vicious circle! Get looked over if you're really concerned.

coneywonder Tue 16-Jun-15 13:44:31

See I am feeling movements now but ive worked myself up that much that im thinking it's not enough.

I get mad when I read these kinds of posts by other users cause it's blatantly obvious to me that they should just go and get checked but there is a lot of me saying that it's fine and a bit that's saying it's not. My bump looks different today so I think the baby has changed position. I have rung triage twice and they are engaged!!!

Theboxtrollsareallowed Tue 16-Jun-15 13:50:10

Hope you get through in a minute can you just head down there?

coneywonder Tue 16-Jun-15 13:51:47

Yeah I'm gonna

Dollyemi Tue 16-Jun-15 14:00:08

Trust your instincts, I went in twice with the same. No midwife will tell you off or make you feel like you're wasting time. Check out count the kicks website but I wouldn't wait any longer. Go in. Make sure your bag is ready though as they may just get baby out at 37 weeks!

applecore0317 Tue 16-Jun-15 15:12:55

When told to drink cold water and lay on my side, I said that I had tried that and whilst I could feel some movement it wasn't as strong and that I wasn't happy. I went im twice for monitoring, all was well but I would still say contact them again and asked to be checked out

ThatsNotEvenAWord Tue 16-Jun-15 15:16:00

Just echoing what's been said, they'll never make you feel bad for going in. Trust your instincts. Hope all is well

Number3cometome Tue 16-Jun-15 15:19:12

I went in yesterday for the same reason, and in true baby style, baby started moving!

They made me feel very welcome and at no point dismissed my worries.

Always get checked out, you don't get second chances if something is wrong.

MissTwister Tue 16-Jun-15 16:24:16

Coneywonder I've been there - so panicked that even though I am feeling movements I am wondering 'are they enough' or 'are the same as before?' This baby has no pattern, rhyme or reason which makes things even harder, some days it is so active, some days it just doesn't move much.

I also find the 'trust your instinct' thing very hard as I am generally often anxious especially around health and my instinct is way off. I was 100% convinced I had an aneurysm once!

If you are really worried go in. If you don't then you will just sit there worried and that's not fun!

Flambola Tue 16-Jun-15 16:56:41

Go to your maternity triage.

I hate to be the harbinger of doom but I had reduced movements, went for a nap, woke up knowing something was wrong and went in only to hear the worst.

Loiterer Tue 16-Jun-15 17:12:16

coney you sound just like me yesterday. My baby has never had a 'pattern' of movement as such and i'm now 38 + 5. I convinced myself something was wrong, rang the midwife in tears and she just said go to the hospital. Well, I've done that before, they monitored the movements for about half an hour, come back and said 'are you happier with the movements now?' - well yes, the baby had moved, they could see it was moving, but I still felt anxious. Like MissTwister, if there is something to worry about health wise I will worry and I frankly find this 'trust your instincts' thing very very unhelpful.

If going in will make you feel better go into triage unit for monitoring. flowers for you though, I know just how you feel. My baby has been much more active today.

MissTwister Tue 16-Jun-15 18:10:33

Loiterer it's so hard. My 'instincts' have told me 3 times to go in as something was really wrong and everything was fine. It seems so many women get really worried and upset and then find out everything is fine so it's hard to know whether instinct is a good judgement.

I am certainly and 100% not saying not to get anything worrying checked out as you always should but the instinct thing for me is misleading and unhelpful.

Also agree with you Loiterer on the calming anxiety front. The three times I have been in they've monitored me on a trace and said the heartbeat is fine but if I am at all worried about movement I need to go straight back in. Which, when the baby has no pattern is very hard as I constantly feel worried. It feels very unresolved!

MissTwister Tue 16-Jun-15 19:27:58

Coney did you go down to the hospital? Hope everything is okay? X

LovelyWeatherForDucks Tue 16-Jun-15 19:37:50

The '10 movements' thing isn't a good rule - you should base it on what is normal for your baby. Look up 'count the kicks' campaign.
Hope all is well OP.

Loiterer Tue 16-Jun-15 22:01:39

Hope you are okay coney. If you're still worried get yourself down to the hospital

coneywonder Tue 16-Jun-15 23:36:13

Hi ladies

Everything is fine. Thanks so much for your replies I will definitely be going straight in again if I feel like this again

NeuroticFox1 Wed 17-Jun-15 10:40:36

Glad everything is okay was thinking how you'd got on. These babies keep us on our toes don't they! smile

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