I am feeling movements today, but they are fainter and more infrequent than the very strong movements I've had in the 3 days before that. That's normal, right? How is anyone else experiencing these things?
Background is, this is my 3rd pregnancy. 1st baby stillborn at term for no apparent reason. DS healthy, good mover but I tried not to think too much about movements until he got past 24 weeks as there's nothing to be done before then, really. This baby has a problem with its lungs, which could cause it to into heart failure, but so far seems to be okay. But it means I've totally lost track of what normal is.
I really really don't want to start down the track of monitoring. If the baby didn't have a diagnosed problem, I wouldn't be worrying at all. But we have to wait until Jan to find out how the baby's tumour has progressed and therefore what its likely chances are, so there really isn't much point in investigating before then. It's just of course every change makes me wonder and worry.
Sorry this is all very depressing. I just want to know what's normal now.
Sorry, what I mean by "going down the track of monitoring" is asking to go into the hospital for a CTG - I think the baby is too young at this stage anyway, and couldn't be delivered if the result were worrying. And I have DS to consider too.
Poor you! It all sounds very draining. At 20 weeks they are still small enough to turn into a position where the movements are less noticeable. I certainly remember periods of a few days at a time at around your stage when DD would be noticeably quieter. Do you have a doppler? Would it help to be able to listen in on the h/b yourself?
Sorry you are going through such a worrying time. Hopefully it's just because of your baby being in a different position, but I agree with Lulu, phone up the midwife or consultant and explain your concerns and what you feel about monitoring, and see what they say.
Thank you all. Lulumama, I've been told just to wait it out till next scan by the consultants etc. There is nothing to be done at this stage, just go home and carry on as normal.
Before the baby was diagnosed with a problem, I was told not to think about movements at all till 24 weeks and then I should feel 10 movements in 10 hours.
I might see if I can get a MW to listen to the HB. I don't have a doppler of my own. I think for me it would only fuel my anxieties by making me feel even more responsible for the baby's wellbeing than I already do - i.e. did I check often enough? Did I do it right? Did I miss something? I'm totally untrained with one after all.
Feeling much better now, as the baby has just moved a few times really strongly. I kind of knew what I'd felt was totally normal. I will get someone to do an extra antenatal, but it doesn't help that MW is off sick at the moment and I'd probably end up with Incredibly Annoying Midwife instead.
Hi mrsg. I'm 20 weeks and movements are much more sporadic with this baby than they were with my ds. When i fell down the stairs last week, i coincidently felt no movement for a day, when i had my scan the sonographer said her back was facing outwards so she was kicking internally iyswim. Since then i've had days with very little movement. I have put it down to her probably being in that position again. Glad your lo has been kicking today.
Mine is erratic too - yesterday she spent the whole day wriggling up and down the edge of my stomach today she is further in so I have felt a lot less. I felt nothing the day of my 20 week scan and the baby was really curled up although still moving loads.