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anterior placenta and movements

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duckyisback Mon 20-Jun-16 11:50:52

Please come and tell me about your movements with an anterior placenta.

My first I had an anterior placenta and felt very little movement at all. I kept telling the midwife I couldn't feel her and she kept saying it was due to the placenta. My dd was stillborn at 32+5.

I then had my ds, I had a posterior placenta and felt strong movements from 16 weeks.

I'm pregnant with #3, currently 18 weeks and have only felt very few slight movements. It's starting to worry me as I felt ds so much more so early.

Anyone else had anything similar?

seafoodeatit Mon 20-Jun-16 12:06:38

I had the same thing this pregnancy, slight movements at 18 weeks and definite movements by 20 weeks, I think I was around 22 weeks when DH was able to feel them.

duckyisback Mon 20-Jun-16 13:46:55

Thanks seafood.

Was worrying me because I was under the impression you feel them earlier with each pregnancy hmm

ikklepig Mon 20-Jun-16 14:56:33

I'm now 31w, 1st baby and feel next to nothing.

Saw my midwife today and told her and she just fobbed me off with the anterior placenta thing being like a thick duvet. She also asked me if this had changed and obviously I said no, I've never really felt movements. Apparently this is fine.

Feel pretty fed up about the whole thing tbh, how would I know if there was something wrong? Friends from my antenatal are insisting I should be feeling something every 2 hours or I have to ring the hospital, but I'd be there everyday if I did this.

Sorry this isn't awfully helpful or constructive, just saw the thread and it reminded me how fed up I am

bippitybopityboo Mon 20-Jun-16 15:14:52

So sorry for your awfully sad loss OP flowers
This is my 1st pregnancy so I domy have much to compare with but I have been a regular down at our day unit to be monitored. I'm 36+5 now and have gone 2 whole weeks without calling to go in because I can't feel him that's a record for me and I think he just must be strong enough now that I can feel him more. I felt awful and embarrassed going in all the time but now I genuinely do not care I want this little mam here safely.
It has been hard and worrying with an anterior placenta it causes more anxiety for me i think.
Good luck and congratulations with your pregnancy op and if you don't feel baby ever never feel guilty to go be cheked smile

duckyisback Mon 20-Jun-16 16:17:17

Ikkle, if I were you I'd definitely call mac/mau and maybe go in for some monitoring? I'm sure all is fine but it may help to put your mind at rest. I'm worried about this happening to me as I've read about people who don't feel anything.

Thanks bippety, think I will end up there every day. I did end up on daily monitoring with my ds even though I felt him. Just because of anxiety blush they all knew me there in the end grin

Northernlight22 Mon 20-Jun-16 17:19:16

I'm 23 weeks now with an anterior placenta and I'm only just starting to feel him move - DH felt him yesterday. I'm quite anxious about it too, can only really feel anything if I'm lying on my back

WineCheeseSleep Mon 20-Jun-16 19:41:17

Sorry for your loss OP. I have an anterior placenta with this pregnancy (my 2nd) and felt movements a good few weeks later than with my first pregnancy (posterior). However by about 25/30ish weeks (very roughly) I could feel movements just as strongly and regularly as last time. So in my experience an anterior placenta meant I didn't feel as much while the baby was very small but then it didn't make such a difference once she really started kicking and squirming around!

Metalhead Mon 20-Jun-16 21:21:25

So sorry for your loss OP. Like winecheese, I had an anterior placenta with my second and therefore felt her about a month later than my first, but from about 6 months pregnant I felt the kicks just as strongly, and in fact in later pregnancy DC2's kicks were so much more uncomfortable than first time round!

duckyisback Mon 20-Jun-16 21:23:30

Thank you, it's really great to hear that you felt movement just as strong, I hope I get that. Think I have been worrying myself too much with reading about not feeling anything.

seafoodeatit Tue 21-Jun-16 14:46:34

Movements are generally felt earlier with each pregnancy but only in the texbook posterior placenta with an average amount of fluid pregnancy and provided you still have the same body shape. I know worrying about movements is stressful, but it will get easier because as your baby grows the kicks should get stronger.

An anterior placenta is a bit of a blanket statement midwives make because the position will vary woman to woman and will have a big effect on how much you can feel.

I'm very sorry for your loss. flowers

CakeAndChocolate Tue 21-Jun-16 14:56:01

Hi ducky I think I know you from the rainbow thread.

I had a posterior placenta with my first DS and felt movement at around 18 weeks. He was stillborn.

I had an anterior placenta with second DS and felt some movement (but only on one or two occasions) from about 20-21 weeks. From about 25-27 weeks onwards there were lots of regular movements.

I am now 21 weeks pregnant again with another anterior placenta and for the last 2/3 days I have felt movement each day, but like last time, only one or two movements each day. Starting to feel a bit anxious again so I hope it starts to increase soon.

In essence, my experience is that an anterior placenta means you will feel less and a bit later on when baby is small, but by the time you get to the end of the second trimester you should be feeling regular movement and baby will have a pattern.

CakeAndChocolate Tue 21-Jun-16 14:58:02

ikkle I think you should ask to get a second opinion/monitoring. At 31 weeks I think you are being fobbed off with "anterior placenta" talk. I don't mean to alarm you, I'm sure everything is fine, but think you should be checked just in case.

ikklepig Tue 21-Jun-16 15:36:35

I rang the hospital today and had a chat with one of the midwives, the problem is that the movements haven't changed- I've never felt much movement. You can't feel any movement from the outside ever and I only feel like pops occasionally in the evening.

Doesn't help that my community midwife wrote in my maternity notes yesterday "baby active" so it looks like I'm making the whole thing up....

CakeAndChocolate Tue 21-Jun-16 15:44:06

Gah! That's so annoying when they write random shit in your notes.

It's good that movements haven't changed, but I would still say it is unusual to not feel much/anything at 31 weeks.

ikklepig Tue 21-Jun-16 15:56:48

cake
I didn't check my notes until the evening- all she wrote was "antenatal classes attended. Baby active". Grrrrrr!!!

I don't think it being my first pregnancy helps- everyone else seems to be having kicks and visible lumps sticking out of their tummies and I just don't. It's only in the evening when I get like a pop feeling like someone is dropping a heavy object onto a mat, normally about 2 sessions of this after dinner. Baby is measuring small also so I just feel a bit worried all round, hospital said that as she's not below 25th centile yet that this is fine.

FKat2016 Tue 21-Jun-16 15:59:48

What a terrible, terrible loss- it is completely understandable that you're concerned given your traumatic previous experience.

I have an anterior placenta and also a retroverted uterus (as told at my dating scan- was 13 weeks at the time), so doubt I'll feel anything for ages! I'm 15+2 now, but not getting my hopes up to feel anything for a while. It's disheartening but trying not to get worked up or it'll just eat me up (I have anxiety problems and worry all the time).

This is my first pregnancy so have very little to base anything on but given your history I don't think any medical person would shrug you off if you wanted a bit of peace of mind, perhaps request an ultrasound to show you everything is ok?

Xxxx

duckyisback Tue 21-Jun-16 17:38:39

Thank you all smile

Thanks seafood, am hoping movement gets stronger quick!

Hi Cake hope your movements increase very soon! It's so worrying isn't it.

Ikkle, I would call back and explain your concerns and request to be monitored. But I never know whether I'm over reacting as I get so anxious!

Fkat, hope you get a wriggler! I have my 20 week scan coming up so am hoping that will re assure me, although I had a private gender scan the other week and the anxiety kicked in the day after. I also had a consultant appointment where they listened to the heartbeat. It calms me for the day then I get worked up again!

FKat2016 Tue 21-Jun-16 20:07:12

I know exactly what you mean about being calmed for that single day and then the next day totally freaking out! After my dating scan I felt so calm and happy seeing baby alive and moving but the next day I read through my notes and started questioning what everything meant- the sonographer notes are really ambiguous. I ended up calling the ultrasound unit in my completely unnecessary panic!!!

Fingers crossed everything is ok for all of us xxx

Ps what did your gender scan reveal?! X

duckyisback Tue 21-Jun-16 20:52:53

Ohh I regularly do that! Read the notes properly a few days later and have a panic!

It's a girl smile

FKat2016 Tue 21-Jun-16 21:08:42

Aww lovely! flowers

We won't find out until the end of July but I'm really certain ours a boy (although I'd really like a girl blush which I feel guilty admitting)

fruityb Tue 21-Jun-16 21:12:24

I have an anterior placenta, it's my first baby and I didn't really feel proper movements until about 24-25 weeks. I'm 31+4 now and feel it daily but it's taken a long time for me to feel confident about their movements I have to say.

Figgygal Tue 21-Jun-16 21:13:15

I'm 25 weeks today with an anterior placenta and it's only been last 2-3 weeks I've felt anything it's been terribly worrying. Today I finally felt quite violent kicks at the top of bump it was reassuring

With ds I felt him very actively from 18 weeks so this has been a surprise.

duckyisback Wed 22-Jun-16 06:54:21

It's good to hear I'm not alone! Really hoping I get stronger movements soon. Have had nothing at all this morning and it's just wierd because it's kind of like I'm not even pregnant blush

FKat, I think most people, even if they don't admit it, kind of have an idea what they would want. Tbh I kind of hoped for a boy, and I feel awful saying it but I feel a bit guilty for ds! I know it's ridiculous but he's used to being an only child! So I thought a boy would have been easier for him.

I read that back and it sounds even more ridiculous than I thought grin

Colabottle10 Wed 22-Jun-16 09:41:47

There's some really bad advice being given out from HCP to women on this thread.

I am pregnant with first baby and have an anterior Placenta. At my 22 week MW appointment I mentioned if not felt anything and she sent me straight to the pregnancy assessment unit for an extra scan. All was well but both sonographer and consultant told me that if I was worried I wasn't feeling anything I was to go back ASAP. Anterior placenta is not an excuse for not feeling movement.

I didn't feel anything proper until around 26 weeks and since then I've had regular movement.

Don't be fobbed off with the 'you won't feel anything if it's anterior'. If you are worried, get to hospital.

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