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My experience of reduced movement.(4 Posts)
Every other day there is a thread about movements and people asking what to do. The advice is always to get checked out and most people do but it doesn't stop the worry because it's hard to know what to look out for. The Kicks Count advice is to note a pattern and look for changes, but neither of my dd's really had a pattern. Id had a few times during my pregnancy where I didn't feel the baby move. Usually, it was because baby had a quiet day and then I'd get some thumps and it was fine. However, at the end, I had proper reduced movements that was caused by the fact that dd2 had become tangled in her cord. The movements felt different and this was they key. At 39+6, I had a bit of a bloody show. I was supposed to be going out but instead stayed in and waited for labour to start, sat watching the telly and pottering, convinced I'd have a bigger show and then contractions before the dash to the hospital. Id already been having tightenings in the days leading up to this. About 1pm, I realised that the baby hadn't been moving as strongly as usual. I still had flutters and she did still move, but the big movements were missing. Usually I'd have feet and elbows in my side and poking me but I didnt at all. The movements I did feel felt like early movements - like the ones you have at 20- 27 weeks. I had a cold drink, then a hot one, then lay on my side.l and nothing changed. I felt really funny so decided to phone to MAU. They asked me to come in. Their trace picked up some movements but not as many as expected. However, her heart rate was good and steady so they weren't hugely worried. Fortunately, my bp was high (having been an issue for a while) so they decided that the boy along with the movements was enough to induce me the next day. I was fortunate the have a very quick labour so gave birth less than 24 hours later but dd2 was born with the cord wrapped around her neck, and tangled around her body. She was purple and didn't cry for two minutes, was resuscitated by the oxygen mask, but ultimately fine. Apparently it was very unusual for the heart rate not to have been affected whilst she was in my tummy. It varied hugely during labour and dropped dramatically during the pushing stage. I suppose being still stopped the cord from tightening around her even more which is why I had reduced movements. I'm so glad I didn't leave it and trusted my 'I feel funny' instincts. Id encourage everyone to do the same. I hope this post helps and reminds others that you should never worry about being a nuisance. Go and get checked out if you are concerned.
Thank you for your post. I'm glad your dd is ok.
I would second anybody seeking reassurance if you feel the slightest change in movements. My baby wasn't that active tbh but when the movements didn't feel 'right' I went to LW and was found to have a failing placenta. I cannot bare to imagine what would have happened Had we not gone down that evening. Fortunately baby was born in good condition
I had reduced movements but didn't want them thinking I was paranoid so I delayed going in - wish I hadn't because found I had lost all the amniotic fluid over a period of time and had no idea and baby was also born with cord around his neck.
Feel so stupid having waited - luckily he is fine - but as OP has said, I'd encourage anyone to get checked out and not worry about being paranoid! Safer to get checked
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