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stressing about baby movements and what's/not normal

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scarednoob Wed 01-Jul-15 15:54:27


I've been getting myself in a bit of a confused panic about movements. I am 26+1 today, and I do feel a fair bit of movement, mostly it feels as if she is doing the twist in there, with the occasional donkey punch, rather than outright kicks. however, there are hours at a time when she is quiet, and this baby does not respond to any of the tricks like drinking something cold, poking my stomach, doing star jumps etc. she moves when she feels like it, and for absolutely nothing else.

but all my friends who are at similar stages say that theirs are never still, and that they get kicked 30 times in 30 minutes, so that they struggle to sit or lie down. googling "how often should baby move" just produces hundreds of people saying the same thing, about how they are carrying a little break dancer. all this has made me rather worried that mine doesn't move enough.

what are other people's experiences??

Rosenwyn1985 Wed 01-Jul-15 16:01:08

I think every baby is different. My first felt like he was wriggling about a lot more than actual kicks. My current pregnancy is vary different, I've actually been sore from the kicks. What's important is what's normal for you. If you're worried give your midwife a shout though. Better to er on the side of caution .

Bustherb Wed 01-Jul-15 16:06:55

Everyone has different experiences. My baby is very lazy, does what he want and hasn't ever been in a routine as such. If you're worried I would contact the maternity assessment at the hospital just to put your mind at rest.xx

batfish Wed 01-Jul-15 16:48:02

I am 26+3 and I feel baby moving a fair bit but definitely not constantly, probably only 2 or 3 proper sessions each day with a few random movements in between - I wouldn't worry as long as it is consistent, all babies are different.

LorelaiVictoriaGilmore Wed 01-Jul-15 18:58:32

I'm 32 weeks and while my baby has periods of lots of movement, he also has quiet times. He definitely doesn't move all the time but seems to have a recognisable-ish pattern that is reassuring. I'd look for a pattern or level, of activity that's normal for your baby and not worry too much about the little break dancers!

MissTwister Wed 01-Jul-15 19:03:04

Mine has never moved constantly and at 26 weeks they can still go and hide easily. I was told to not even try to find a pattern until 28 weeks. However I've never found a pattern and am 36 weeks now! Baby can also still be quiet for good long periods. As long as they're moving and it doesn't suddenly change then don't worry....and this comes from someone who spent an annoying amount of time doing just that.

LostSoulsForever Wed 01-Jul-15 20:11:33

My first was quite a lazy baby & I ended up getting monitored a few times due to not feeling anything for prolonged periods. My second wriggles a lot more but it is still only probably 3 decent wriggling sessions over the course of a 24 hour period, with the odd one or two movements in between (on occasion).
As others have said, if you are worried get it checked out but all babies are different & it might still be a bit early to identify a pattern.

frangipani13 Wed 01-Jul-15 20:15:38

Mine tends to move when I'm very still I.e. sleeping or chilling out. The motion of walking and moving around rocks them to sleep from what I've heard/read etc. Definitely speak to your midwife rather than stressing yourself out. They can easily check the heart rate with their doppler xx

SaulGood Wed 01-Jul-15 20:20:04

Often it's the position of your placenta which decides how much you feel. It tends to cushion movement. Do you know if your placenta is anterior (should be on your scan notes)?

scarednoob Wed 01-Jul-15 22:18:12

Thanks ladies, good to know not everyone has a little raver in there! Definitely not an anterior placenta unfortunately for my worrying. I was going to ask the mw at my 28 week app

scarednoob Wed 01-Jul-15 22:27:11

I mean unfortunately for my worrying re the anterior placenta; it might have shut me up if I had!

hearthattack Thu 02-Jul-15 08:33:17

I'm 26 weeks too, and was really worried about this a week ago. Went to see my mw and she just listened to the heart beat and said all was fine. There's no expectation that you should feel movement all the time at this stage.

I think it also depends how skinny you are. I've got a bit of extra cushioning around my tum so figure I might not feel as much as someone with a bump like a taught drum!

scarednoob Thu 02-Jul-15 09:58:21

I am about as skinny as Jo Brand...!! Thanks for sharing, I feel a bit better that yesterday's thumps have again turned to v mild fluttering once this morning. Silly baby!!!

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