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Reduced baby movements at almost 38 weeks, could it be just that she has no room left??

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insertwittynicknameHERE Thu 02-Jul-09 18:07:43

I will be 38 weeks pg tomorrow, she has been moving all day but not as much as usual. I have had waaaaay more than the 10 movements that you are supposed to count.

I haven't felt her move in a couple of hours. I have had a bath as that usually gets her moving/kicking/punching. I have had a cold drink and laid down on my left hand side, I have eaten ice cream but nothing is getting her going.

Should I be at all worried and could it just be that there is no room left for her to move??

dal21 Thu 02-Jul-09 18:14:57

ice cold full fat coke. try that. it is the one drink i was always told to try when that happened.

but bottom line - if you are worried, go in for a trace.

alarkaspree Thu 02-Jul-09 18:19:29

It is normal for babies to move less vigorously as you approach your due date because there's less space, but they should still move as frequently I think.

But I don't think you should be too concerned at the moment - 2 hours is not that long, she might be asleep.

lisad123 Thu 02-Jul-09 18:21:02

i always say, go with your gut feelings. Sod worryinh about being wrong, you'd kick your self if you didnt go.

MildredRoper Thu 02-Jul-09 18:24:22

Probably fine but give midwives a phone anyway.

ladylush Thu 02-Jul-09 18:27:33

This happened to me with ds so I went to the day assessment unit. They did a CTG trace and said all was ok. Better to get peace of mind otherwise you will just worry until someone can give you that reassurance.

insertwittynicknameHERE Thu 02-Jul-09 18:58:01

She has moved a couple of times since I started the thread, this isn't normal for her she is usually non stop at this time of the day.

I'm gonna give it a while longer then call the MW.


FabBakerGirlIsBack Thu 02-Jul-09 19:33:09

Get checked.


Any change in movements needs to be checked.

I had lots of movements one day then none the next.

ECSection the next day to save him.

Call the midwife.

captaincogsworth Thu 02-Jul-09 19:35:59

I don't want to panic you but you NEED to get checked out. I was told that babies go still when they are ready to be born and wish I'd taken more notice of what was happening.

Nobody will mind if it's a false alarm.

Lulumama Thu 02-Jul-09 19:39:07

please go and be checked esp as you have tried all the usual things and no movement

some reduction in movement is normal BUT this is not normal for you IFYSIM

and you are worried, so for that reason alone, you should be checked as you are not likely to rest easy are you?

crokky Thu 02-Jul-09 19:40:14

You should go to the day assessment unit/delivery suite (call to find out which) and get a CTG done. Both mine had to be delivered at 37 weeks - I had CTGs done with them between 34 and 37 weeks - nobody will mind and it is routine to give a heavily pg woman a trace. Chances are, baby is fine, just having a sleep etc, but you must get it checked.

LeninGrad Thu 02-Jul-09 19:53:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

insertwittynicknameHERE Fri 03-Jul-09 07:49:09

Thank you everyone, she moved more but not as much as usual last night. I will ring the ADU this morning once they open and see if I can pop in for a trace.

Thanks, I was worried last night but felt better when she did eventually start moving a bit.

ladylush Fri 03-Jul-09 08:03:09

Glad you felt movements. Will be good to get a trace as well so that you don't fret over the weekend smile

FabBakerGirlIsBack Fri 03-Jul-09 08:23:16

Please don't wait again.

I know my case was unusual but we so nearly lost him. One day fine, the next precarious, (in retrospect) the next in serious trouble.

insertwittynicknameHERE Fri 03-Jul-09 08:41:34

I've just called and the MW told me to go ASAP, so I'm currently trying to get DD to eat her cereal.
Dad is coming to pick me up (I don't drive) mum is in hospital anyway so she cant come. Dad is having DD while I am there, she is gonna love that.

Thanks everyone. She has moved this morning but only a few times, starting to get a bit worried now.

ScummyMummy Fri 03-Jul-09 08:44:31

Hope all is well, iwnnH. Good luck.

frasersmummy Fri 03-Jul-09 08:46:13

good luck

she is still moving .. so she is still with you ..

but please.. dont let them fob you off....

better she is a little early than .. well thats better unsaid

I have been there.. wish I had stood my ground and made them do something

come back and let us know how you get on

LeninGrad Fri 03-Jul-09 08:55:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

FabBakerGirlIsBack Fri 03-Jul-09 09:23:15

And make sure you are on the trace for more than 5 minutes..

crokky Fri 03-Jul-09 09:36:35

totally agree with frasersmummy - she will be in great condition at 38 weeks so it's no problem for her to be born now - mine were both born at 37 weeks - DD no different from a 40 weeker and DS a little scrawny!

mrsdisorganised Fri 03-Jul-09 09:50:23

Good luck and try not to worry.

At least you're having some movement and you're following your instincts to get checked out. Won't go into details but was in a similar situation at 35 weeks, dd1 is 8 years now and fine! smile

dal21 Fri 03-Jul-09 12:06:48

iwnnH, glad you have gone in. Let us know how you get on.

giraffescantdancethetango Fri 03-Jul-09 12:12:05

Hope all is ok

FabBakerGirlIsBack Fri 03-Jul-09 12:19:36

I hope everything is okay with you and the baby.

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