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No movement at 24 weeks

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fooolofbeans Sat 11-Feb-17 07:59:04

Hello, I'm hoping you can help me put my mind at rest. I'm 22 weeks pregnant (my first) and yet to feel movement. I've been told by the sonographer this is likely due to the placenta which is anterior. My question is when will this be viewed as a problem and what is normally done to check baby is OK? I've just changed trusts and my precious trust had a policy of scanning at 24 weeks when no movement had been felt and I found that really reassuring. I mentioned it yesterday to my current midwife who said there is no fixed time when something is done and they'd probably just listen to the heartbeat fortnightly until 28 weeks and even then I'll just go in and have monitors put on rather than a scan but I wasn't sure what that meant.
Any reassurance or advice would be HUGELY appreciated

fooolofbeans Sat 11-Feb-17 07:59:40

Precious = previous

Zampa Sat 11-Feb-17 08:08:07

Go to the hospital. They'll monitor you and provide some reassurance or deal with the problem if there is one. Either way, it's the best thing to do IMO and the nurses won't mind.

Tigerstar123 Sat 11-Feb-17 08:12:29

Go into your epu today. Now.
I suffered with reduced movements, also had anterior placenta. The nurses are nothing but lovely and they won't think you're a burden or anything else. You will be strapped to a machine where they will check baby's heartbeat and give you a buzzer to press when you feel a movement. Lots of times there was movement on the machine that I didn't feel.
Please please go in. Xxx

Tigerstar123 Sat 11-Feb-17 08:14:41

PS I don't want my message to look like I'm panicking you and please don't read it like that.
I just think that getting baby checked out is paramount. Everything is more than likely to be fine, but really is best to be checked xxx

Newmanwannabe Sat 11-Feb-17 08:17:21

At 22 weeks you won't be put on a monitor (CTG) but they probably will do an ultrasound. Get yourself checked out, if anything to just reassure you. You never know if they see movements on ultrasound you might be able to link it with a feeling you have but haven't identified as your baby moving. And even if you still can't feel movements they can help make a plan so you can feel reassured

BlahBlahBlahEtc Sat 11-Feb-17 08:20:19

Yeah go to the hospital, you shouldn't be made to wait at all. They should hook you up to a monitoring machine for babys heartbeat (I think).

BendydickCuminsnatch Sat 11-Feb-17 08:22:05

Definitely go into hospital smile I was there about 4 times with my anterior placena. As others have said, the monitor showed the baby was kicking away and I was just entirely oblivious :D Good luck with your pregnancy flowers

Spam88 Sat 11-Feb-17 08:36:03

I think going to the hospital is unnecessary to be honest - you're not experiencing reduced movements, you just haven't started feeling them yet. You'll probably start soon smile I was around 19/20 weeks when I first started feeling what I thought could be the baby (but not entirely convinced it wasn't wind...blush).

jinglebellmel Sat 11-Feb-17 09:24:43

With my first I had an anterior placenta and didn't feel movement until after 20 weeks - I think it was around 22/23 and those were only flutters. I agree, you aren't suffering reduced movement, and I don't think they actually consider it reduced movement until 28 weeks or something anyway.

I can understand it's worrying though and I think some sort of check to put your mind at rest if hove not felt anything by 24 weeks is a good idea. I'd speak to your midwife again and push for that, stress that it is causing anxiety and maybe see if there are any NICE or other guidelines to back your case up. If they refuse I'd probably turn up at assessment unit at that point and insist. I'm sure you'll feel your baby very soon though and hopegully it won't be neccesary smile

JOMH1982 Sat 11-Feb-17 09:26:05

If you have any concerns then contact your antenatal department and they shall advise. Reassurance is worth so much and these little people are all so precious smile xx

GreenGoblin0 Sat 11-Feb-17 09:26:23

You saw your midwife yesterday - did she listen for baby's heartbeat then?

notasillysausage Sat 11-Feb-17 09:26:29

I have an anterior placenta and it is my second baby. I started feeling movement at around 22 weeks. I would guess with your first that could be delayed another couple of weeks as it is hard to tell what you are feeling at first.

I know it's hard but I really wouldn't be worrying yet. If you are getting stressed ask your midwife if you can come in and listen to the heart beat. In the situation you described, I think it would be very hard to persuade them to give you a scan.

Spam88 Sat 11-Feb-17 09:35:52

Just to add, I also have an anterior placenta, and when I first started feeling movements I could only feel them really really low, presumably where there is no placenta. At my 20 week scan the little monkey was flinging its limbs about and rolling around but I couldn't feel anything.

minijoeyjojo Sat 11-Feb-17 09:37:56

I had an anterior placenta with my DD and I didn't start feeling movement until 23/24 weeks. I was on holiday then and spent loads of time lying by the pool reading, that was the first time I really noticed it. When I got back I stopped feeling it as much but only because I wasn't concentrating, if I did then I'd feel her again.

Hopefully that'll reassure you that it's completely normal. To be honest I didn't even consider getting anything checked at the hospital because the heartbeat was fine at all of my fortnightly checks and I was just waiting to start being able to feel the kicks.

As long as all was well at your midwife apt, I wouldn't rush to the hospital. Maybe just spend some quiet time lying down, I felt it more when my belly was pressed against something. Drink something cold and sugary, that usually gets them moving. The first kicks are hard to identify so that might help you start to figure out what is a kick.

MabelTheCow Sat 11-Feb-17 09:41:03

I've got an anterior placenta too. I'm 22+6 and (possibly) felt the baby once at 22+2. My bestie had 3 anterior placentas and never felt anything before 25. Then they used what was regular for her to establish regular patterns. Her last she couldn't feel reliably until 32 weeks. As bump and baby grow, it will get easier. The tiny subtle starting moves are easiest to miss.

fooolofbeans Sat 11-Feb-17 09:41:41

Thank you all, I called the labour ward and the midwife said not to worry and that I can go in to hear the heartbeat at any time. Have antenatal yoga this morning which i think will be the best thing for me and bump today

haveacupoftea Sat 11-Feb-17 15:34:19

hmm at advice to go to EPU at 24 weeks. Past 20 weeks you should go to FAU in case of emergency but this is something your midwife can deal with.

Reddy4no2 Sat 11-Feb-17 23:29:19

I had an anterior placenta with my first pregnancy. I didn't feel a think until 24 weeks. Give it a bit more time.

MrsNuckyThompson Sat 11-Feb-17 23:31:22

I had anterior placenta with my first baby and felt movement around 22-23 weeks. It's pretty normal!

LeSquigh Sun 12-Feb-17 00:34:48

I had anterior placenta with first and didn't feel any movement at all throughout my whole pregnancy UNTIL he was big enough to poke his limbs out. It didn't worry me because I had nothing to compare it to. I had never heard about counting kicks and this was only 6 years ago.

harleysmammy Mon 13-Feb-17 01:05:02

I would go to your epu or maternity ward. I have anterior placenta but have felt my son active since 20 - 21 weeks, at 24 weeks i went in for low movement and they said low movement isnt an issue until 27 weeks (that was just my hospital, my doctor told me 28 weeks and another midwife in the hospital said 25 weeks, every professional is different). Ive been in 4 times for low movement and im 29 weeks, they only started monitoring at 27 weeks but checked heartbeat every time. He's been fine every time, he's either turned breech so movements changed or he's tucked up behind the placenta. My babies also growing 2 weeks ahead nearly so if he can tuck himself up under the placenta for a few hours, your baby is probably doing the same and just staying there because he's still so small. Thats probably why you're not feeling movement, dont expect a pattern until at least 24 weeks but i would go to your epu if you havent felt any movement x

ScarletSienna Mon 13-Feb-17 01:34:37

I had an anterior placenta and felt no movement (apart from if by luck I was laid down and concentrating at the same time he was in a position that was less covered - happened a couple of times that's it!) my whole pregnancy. It was so frustrating. From about 29/30 weeks until birth at 34 weeks, I was monitored frequently as I just didn't feel him. It was a stressful time.

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