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Babies movement has lessened - should I be worried?

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mumsiebumsie Fri 07-Aug-09 10:12:46

Hello all,

I'm 24+2 and have noticed that over past 2-3 days the baby's kicks have lessened. From 20 weeks i was feeling kicks almost all through the day. Now during the day I hardly feel a thing, maybe a kick every few hours. I feel kicks in the evening but it's just a big change from feeling them all day long. Should I be worried? Or is it usual for the movement patterns to change?

Hope I'm not fussing for no reason. First pregnancy so prone to getting paranoid.


Mumsie (to be!)

Wigeon Fri 07-Aug-09 10:24:54

Might be well nothing, but if I was you I'd ring the midwife and she'll make you an speedy appointment (maybe scan, or listen to the heartbeat) just to check everything's ok. They never mind checking. They wouldn't think you were a time-waster or paranoid first timer.

rubyslippers Fri 07-Aug-09 10:26:23

baby has probably moved position so you can't feel them

you are feeling movement which is reassuring

i do think a call to your MW is a good idea

mumsiebumsie Fri 07-Aug-09 10:27:25

Wigeon if you think I should do that then I will. Didn't want her to think I was crazy but then doing nothing probably isn't a good idea either. Thanks.

mumsiebumsie Fri 07-Aug-09 10:29:09

Ruby - I was wondering if that was the case - that baby had moved so kicks more "muffled" - will still call midwife.

Wigeon Fri 07-Aug-09 10:30:25

Pretty certain she won't think you are crazy. Agree with rubyslippers that some movement is A Good Thing so hope that it's all fine though! Let us know what happens.

mogend77 Fri 07-Aug-09 10:36:03

I agree with others - there is probably nothing wrong, just a more muffled position or baby developing a sleeping/waking pattern.

But if ever you're worried you should always call the mw - they don't think you're crazy & providing reassurance is a major part of their jobs.

mumsiebumsie Fri 07-Aug-09 10:46:51

Thank you for that mogend - hope you're right.

Okay new issue - called for community midwife, been told they only work Tuesday's and Thursdays. Which means only other option is to go the the Antenatal ward at the hospital. Is that too drastic or should I go? Obviously it'll mean telling my boss I need to leave (yes I am using mumsnet while at work - bad I know but boss knows and thinks it's funny) and it could be a while before I'm seen so no garuantees I'll be back.

Just wanna do the right thing

rubyslippers Fri 07-Aug-09 10:49:26

without dismissing your concerns you ARE feeling movement - that is good

call your GP first maybe?

if you are worried then of course you should go to the hospital

Wigeon Fri 07-Aug-09 10:56:08

Gosh, that's a bit rubbish re the community midwives. Can you call the Antenatal ward, explain the situation and ask to speak to one of the midwives there? Go through the hospital switchboard if you don't have the number. The hospital midwife may be able to give you reassurance over the phone, or suggest you wait til next Tues to speak to a community midwife, or suggest you do come in? That way you won't have a wasted visit to the hospital if the midwife's judgement is that you don't need to come in.

The community midwife's advice may well have been to go to the hospital for a quick scan just to check everything's ok (a few friends have had scans when they were worried about various things, just to check, so you don't have to have massive worries before they suggest scanning).

Am also at work...first time I've Mumsnetted at work...we are Bad People and should Do Some Work....

ErikaMaye Fri 07-Aug-09 11:17:40

Call the Antenatal ward - they're usually really great. Try and leave a message for the MW as well, ask her to get back to you as soon as possible. See what they advise at the hospital, but if you're still feeling movements, they might not be too concerned.

If its any consolation, am just coming up to 26 weeks and feeling him move around less, too. I think rubyslippers is right - they've moved into positions where its not as easy to feel the movements.

I hope that the antenatal department can offer you some reassurence

mumsiebumsie Fri 07-Aug-09 11:27:32

Thanks for the advice guys.

Erika - hello, see you loads on Novemeber Antenatal thread! Thanks for the advice - glad to hear that you are experiencing the same thing.

Wigeon - I know i'm terrible. My boss sneaks up behind me and starts reading out loud what's on my screen - scares life out of me which I don't need right now! Worst is when I'm reading a steamy subject on the Relationship thread - he loves those ones.

Okay will call hospital and ask to speak to midwife and go from there! Thanks for help and support everyone.

Wigeon Fri 07-Aug-09 11:34:40

My boss is on holiday for two and a half weeks grin. And when he is here, he sits opposite me so he can't see my screen grin! But as this is a new job I really ought to be looking keen. August is sooo quiet in the civil service though!

I remember 24+ weeks being quite an exciting time as it was then that I actually believed I was probably going to have a baby!

Come back to say what the hospital says!

ErikaMaye Fri 07-Aug-09 16:27:44

Oh yes, THAT'S where I recognise you from! grin Damn pregnant brain... Hope the hospital were helpful.

KatyS36 Fri 07-Aug-09 17:31:52

I had reduced movement at about the same time.

I had been told to call triage at the hospital.

They were really nice, told me to come down straight away, hooked me up to a baby heartbeat monitor for half an hour and then reasurred me everything was absolutly fine.

They were really nice and it was a positive experience

muddle78 Fri 07-Aug-09 17:41:14

dont wait or feel embarrased go and get checked immediately.

mumsiebumsie Mon 10-Aug-09 12:08:53

Hi all,

Just to update. Couldn't get hold of Antenatal department on Friday. Phone just rang and rang - crazy I know.

So turned up at hospital first thing this morning and was sent to foetal monitoring department - they kindly agreed to squeeze me in. Had blood pressure taken, baby's heartbeat monitored and then they scanned me. Everything fine. Seems baby just not feeling too active right now. However as I was sitting in the waiting room to be seen, the baby started kicking like crazy hmm. Why is it that when you visit the GP or hospital all your symptons seem to disappear - or is that just me?! grin

So baby is definitely quieter than normal but the lady who scanned me felt it was nothing to be concerned about.

Thanks everyone who posted - really appreciate your support.

mogend77 Mon 10-Aug-09 12:34:34

That's great.

But babies love to make liars of you, particularly in front of doctors. They start practising early.

dizzytrout Mon 10-Aug-09 13:01:30

Hi Mumsie, I was just reading your thread, exactly the same thing happened to me around 20 weeks, I was feeling daily movements, then nothing for a few days, I called the midwife unit and they said to pop in to see if they could reassure me.
I was sat in the waiting room and started feeling little sumersaults and acrobatics in my tummy, I couldn't believe it the little tinker grin
I'm glad everything's ok for you x

rubyslippers Mon 10-Aug-09 13:07:40

very pleased everything is ok smile

Wigeon Mon 10-Aug-09 19:05:03

Great! I'm sure it's very nice to have the reassurance. Glad you went down there.

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