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Please can someone reassure me

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LadybirdSpots Thu 24-Dec-15 20:34:29

I am getting myself in a bit of a state, I'm worried sick as I haven't felt my baby's normal movements all day. I'm only 17 + 5, and have been feeling movements for about 2 weeks. I had a midwife appointment on Monday and the heartbeat was fine.

I've had a cold drink, sat down with my legs stretched out for a long time while watching a film with DS, have prodded and poked, and still nothing.

I'm feeling really rubbish with a horrendous cold and lack of sleep, and am wondering if I'm over reacting. I'm on my own, the dad is pretty useless, we're not together, and it looks like I'll be having the baby alone. I've just put a very excited 5yo DS to bed, and have managed to keep my worry at bay while he was up, but now he's asleep and I'm sat here on my own it's all just pouring out.

Is it common to not feel so many movements, even when you're used to feeling them? Sorry if this is TMI, but I'm very constipated, so I don't know if that plays any part in it?


Jellybean100 Thu 24-Dec-15 20:36:14

Yes it is completely normal!! Baby has so so much room at this gestation, it's probably hiding in a corner somewhere kicking away without you being able to feel it! Please stop worrying!

ammature Thu 24-Dec-15 20:40:17

I really wouldn't worry this happened to me. You shouldn't moniter the pattern until about 25 weeks or even 28. Relax!

wonkylegs Thu 24-Dec-15 20:41:53

It's common not to regularly feel movements at this stage even if you have been feeling them before, baby may have moved position and is tucked in a position that you don't feel it as well.
With my first pregnancy I wasn't even feeling much movement around then, this pregnancy (I'm 20wks now) I'm feeling much more but still have odd days that I don't feel anything. It's perfectly normal don't worry yourself more than you need to, being pregnant can be stressful, focus on the fact you heard a good heartbeat on Monday and you have a 5yo who is going to be wanting loads of attention tomorrow. Try not to worry, enjoy christmas and I'm sure you'll get a good kick when you are least expecting it.

LadybirdSpots Thu 24-Dec-15 20:59:46

Thank you so much everyone.

I think I've just let it all get on top of me and was panicking!

I've calmed down now, I'll keep an eye on it but will try not to panic anymore. Thank you again smile

hannahbanananana Thu 24-Dec-15 21:16:21

I was worried about reduced movements about the same time as you. I remember driving to work one morning in tears begging my tiny bump to move.. I was certain something was wrong, but the midwife told me it was normal and a day later I felt a little kick. I'm 36+4 now and baby perfectly healthy. Try not to worry, but don't be afraid to phone your midwife for reassurance.

Oysterbabe Thu 24-Dec-15 21:30:14

I hadn't felt anything at all by that stage. Even when they started there would be days where there was nothing until about 22 weeks.

Luckygirlcharlie Thu 24-Dec-15 22:08:23

This happened to me too with ds1 and I actually went in to hospital for a check. Midwife was very patient and said they see at least 8 women a day with this worry, the vast majority of whom are fine. Agree with pp that at that stage they can move to an area you don't feel as much but I know when you've been used to being regularly booted it can be worrying. If you're really worried go to the hospital - exaggerate if you need to but you shouldn't need to. I'm sure it's all totally fine though and you'll start feeling the jabs in no time. Try and relax in the meantime. X

Champagneformyrealfriends Thu 24-Dec-15 22:29:40

I'm 25 weeks and my mw told me not to expect regular movement until 28w! I've had regular movement for about 4 Weeks now and if I noticed a change id be going to be monitored but I wouldn't worry at 17w. Baby could be kicking into your back and you wouldn't feel
It! Don't worry! Xxxx

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