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Changes in fetal movement - when to call the Dr

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Sairafina Tue 21-Jul-20 11:45:42

I am currently 25 weeks pregnant and for the last 2 weeks, baby has been very active and letting me know in no uncertain terms he is moving around happily in there.
If we call Sunday 100% movement, yesterday (Monday) was possibly 30% in terms of both movement and intensity of movement and this morning (Tuesday) I have only felt him once.
I know changes in movement and intensity are normal but the last thing I want to do is fall down a google search rabbit hole and convince myself something terrible is afoot. Equally, I don't want to bother my Obstetrician with only one day of reduced movement.
Does anyone have any personal experience they can share? I suppose I am just after reassurance that everything is OK in there. This is my first pregnancy so I may just be causing myself to worry without reason.

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CoffeePleb Tue 21-Jul-20 11:52:56

Given what you've said about yesterday and today I'd call them now and go in. I've been in twice when worried about movements and honestly they don't mind - they would much rather you go in and spend an hour of their time than wait and something be wrong. And you will feel so much better once you've done it.

Going forward my midwife suggested that as soon as you start to have a worry, drink something cold then lie down on your side for an hour and see what you feel. If you're not reassured after an hour then go in. Don't let it linger with "I'll see what tomorrow is like".


Cloverglens Tue 21-Jul-20 11:57:42

Go now please, you know what is normal to your baby. Don't take any risks it is their job.

Yamaya Tue 21-Jul-20 12:03:02

Definitely call now. I would always give it an hour or two and then call. They are always happy to see you and I would rather be safe than sorry.

justanotherneighinparadise Tue 21-Jul-20 12:07:10

I suspect they’ll tell you not to worry at this relatively early stage with movements but no one in here is going to advise you to do nothing.

GirlCalledJames Tue 21-Jul-20 12:08:40

Over 24 weeks you should call immediately (according to Tommy’s).
There has been an increase in stillbirth in the UK since March that may be due to women not calling or attending for reduced movement for fear of COVID or because they are put off by staff.

Ohwhatbliss Tue 21-Jul-20 12:13:56

ALWAYS have any change in movements checked out. You will never regret checking if all is well, the contrary doesn't bear thinking about

Sairafina Tue 21-Jul-20 12:21:06

Thanks everyone for your quick replies! I'll give them a call now and get an appointment for this afternoon.
In the meanwhile I'll try @CoffeePleb's suggestion and have a cold drink

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Nightmanagerfan Tue 21-Jul-20 12:24:30

The cold drink suggestion is out of date. Any reduction in movements should be checked out ASAP after 24 weeks.

Maincat Tue 21-Jul-20 13:23:16

One day of reduced movement is enough. Worst case it indicates distress, and one day is all it would take. Never hesitate, baby's movements are all we have to go on. Saying this, I'm sure baby is just fine! But always err on the side of caution. X

GetTheSprinkles Tue 21-Jul-20 13:52:50

In my experience, they would rather you called than not. It is very likely all is fine and baba is having a lazy day or two but there is no harm in going in for a check.
When my little one was quiet I would drink a cold coke or OJ, lie on my side in a quiet room for 30 mins and kick count. I used to get at least 10, though admittedly this was more at the 30-40 week stage.

Soubriquet Tue 21-Jul-20 14:14:38

Yes please contact them

Any change in movement should be reported

The whole “they slow down before birth” is a dangerous myth

Prettylittlelady Tue 21-Jul-20 14:20:39

Call immediately please. Let us know how you get in. I’m currently 27+6 and have been in twice for reduced movements once at 22 weeks and once at 25, I was reassured that I’d done the right thing. Yesterday at my midwife appointment she told me to continue to call and go in about any reduced movements that you’re never bothering anyone and if you have to go 2-3 times a week so be it.

Babyvibe Tue 21-Jul-20 14:45:36

Definitely call and get checked out. It's probably nothing as I had the same a few times then as soon as I went to the hospital and got hooked up to the machines he started going crazy kicking again just to make me look over dramatic. But always go if you have any reduced movement, it's not worth risking it.

sel2223 Tue 21-Jul-20 16:27:07

I'm sure it's fine but better to call up just for reassurance if nothing else.

Just for your own peace of mind though, it's fairly common to have days like this, especially before 28 weeks.
Your baby is still really small at this stage so has probably just changed positions which is making it harder for you to feel them.
I'm 36+5 now and still have 'quiet' days.

My trust still advises the cold drink and lying on your side for an hour or so trick. I've tried this a couple of times and it's worked well. The few times it hasn't I've ended up going in to get checked out.
I've never been made to feel a nuisance for going in.

Sairafina Tue 21-Jul-20 16:45:08

Thank you everyone for your support! Everything is fine smile he has just been having a quiet couple of days. Heartbeat strong and we did see him moving around. So glad I went in and wasn't made to feel like I was overreacting - I suppose they are used to anxious first time mothers to be!

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CoffeePleb Tue 21-Jul-20 16:49:57

Great news op smile

Soubriquet Tue 21-Jul-20 16:51:30

I’m glad

It’s always safer to err on the side of caution when it comes to babies

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