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Can a baby move too much? Can it indicate a problem?

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PavlovtheForgetfulCat Wed 16-Sep-09 17:07:59

I am being nervous and over anxious I am sure, but humour me eh? grin

Had a very very stressful, rollercoaster few days. I am 31 weeks pg, baby has been particularly active over the last few days, corresponding quite nicely with the stress I have been under. I know that this period of pg can be babies most active so I have tried not to worry.

But, he is very active all the time, to the point of discomfort. He wobbles and wiggles and kicks and rolls without a break for hours. But, what is concerning me the most I guess is the pulsing where I think his heart area might be? That is a guess, I know he is head down (or was last week), but i think it was the region where midwife found heart beating last week at checkup. My belly visibly moves with each pulse/throb and it is constant but not necessarily consistent, ie out of rhythm (iyswim).

Is this normal? Its starting to get me down and I am feeling anxious about it.

Reassure me please grin

whomovedmychocolate Wed 16-Sep-09 17:10:26

Suddenly frantic movements are worrying but some babies are constantly moving in utero. DD was like this -- never sodding stopped -- mind you she still doesn't hmm

If you are concerned go see the midwife but I'm sure it's fine.

Hopefully the little sod will sleep once he's born (yeah that's gonna happen hmm) wink

WowOoo Wed 16-Sep-09 17:13:03

Act5ive all time sounds normal to me. Pulse thing no idea...but from what you describe quite logically it too sounds fine.

Fascinating actually.

good luck. sorry for tyops

WowOoo Wed 16-Sep-09 17:14:35

typos. Wriggly dopey babe in arms. And they DO sleep..................occasionally grin

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Wed 16-Sep-09 17:15:20

He has been relatively active throughout the pg, but not significantly so, enough for me to be happy he was doing ok in there, and the odd kick/roll at scans and midwife appts to show off. But the last couple of days it has been very very intense, like he is not a happy bunny.

I will need to call midwife as mine is not in the clinic tomorrow.

I would like to think he will sleep when he is born, but if he is anything like DD is, he will be an active baby/child/toddler. Although since she has my temperament, he might take after his father, lazy sod grin

whomovedmychocolate Wed 16-Sep-09 17:16:17

Pulsing thing could be placenta and that's entirely normal. How many babies have you had? Are you quite thin (well not now obviously but when not pregnant?) Perhaps a lack of padding is letting you feel more - I felt movement very early because I have a very thin waist.

ErikaMaye Wed 16-Sep-09 17:16:41

Well, after my freak out the other week about Bryn not moving he has NOT stayed still for a single minute! It feels like a washing machine in there, the amount he's wiggling about.

Are you sure its not your pulse and his pulse entwining? Today I could see my belly pulsing, but was in time with mine, but at the same time could feel his pulse through my belly (I was amazed!).

I hope that helps somewhat. But definately call MW if you're worried

Comma2 Wed 16-Sep-09 17:16:48

I know what you're talking about....had two stressful days in the hospital at 32 weeks and baby NEVER stopped once (felt like). The nurses were laughing, she was kicking everything and all that came in contact with my belly (like the fetal montior). The pulsing is prob just hiccups, no? Sounds like them, and they would be hardest in the chest.
If your next appointment isn't far off, I'd wait, but if it really worries you, put in a call.

Trikken Wed 16-Sep-09 17:16:54

hey pav mine is like this too, pretty sure it is normal as ds was like this too, think it is more painful for us now as there isnt as much room so we feel every little thing they do. if it is worrying you tho just phone up your mw and have a chat just to give you peace of mind.

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Wed 16-Sep-09 17:17:27

wowOoo I know i should be like 'yey, he is so active, i love feeling him' but I want him to give me a break. Every time I lay down to sleep/rest he punches me in the cervix, or rolls over and over and over and its quite tiresome grin.

Harimosmummy Wed 16-Sep-09 17:18:40

My DS was consistently noted as a 'very active baby' in all of my later AN notes.

he quite honestly never stopped moving / kicking. Never stopped. It got to the point where I was the other way: If he WASN'T moving, I was worrying!!

He has been active since birth (he's 15 months old now) and his favorite class is his gym class where he gets to run around like a fool!!!!

So, FWIW, I'd say not a problem!!

FabBakerGirlIsBack Wed 16-Sep-09 17:19:37

I would speak to your midwife and go and get checked out at the hospital. any change in movements needs checking - even if it is an increase.

The fact that you can feel each beat of the heart is a bit strange in my unmedical opinion and I would talk to someone about it.

kathyis6incheshigh Wed 16-Sep-09 17:19:53

I worried about this with my second! I used to (secretly because I didn't want to sound silly) imagine all sorts of things like that he was having some kind of a fit in there. I am pretty sure it is normal. (He did turn out to be a god-awful sleeper though hmm)

Trikken Wed 16-Sep-09 17:20:31

ooh the ones in the cervix really hurt dont they. sometimes it feels like she is trying to break out!

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Wed 16-Sep-09 17:22:45

WMMC I am still very thin (sorry to those who might be envy, due mostly to sickness!), so that would make sense then. Second baby too so more likely to feel it.

erica definitely not heartbeat/my pulse, as its very very strong and in the same spot.

comma I did think hiccups to start with, but it seems so strong and constant and for hours. and when he had hiccups last, when I thought he did, it seemed in a different location, but it might well be. How embarrassing would that be, go in for a checkup of something only to be told baby has hiccups grin.

trikken I did read that 32 weeks is peak of activeness for them before they start to run out of room and slow down.

Next appt is consultant appt and scan in one week.

If all think it sounds normal I might give it another evening and see how it goes. I don't fancy a trip to hospital this evening.

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Wed 16-Sep-09 17:25:29

kathy <waves> have you had yours yet? grin I shall ignore the comment about wriggly baby in utero and an awful sleeper, ok ? grin

kathyis6incheshigh Wed 16-Sep-09 17:28:57

4 weeks to go - have got my last week in the office (then working from home next week).
DS has always been extra adorable and wonderful to make up for the bad sleeping.

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Wed 16-Sep-09 17:30:52

Oh now that I like the sound of grin. How is the sickness these days? Mine has eased up mostly. Not gone completely, stress, anger in particular, and tiredness making it more likely to occur, as does eating chocolate for breakfast as I found out recently grin

lucky1979 Wed 16-Sep-09 17:32:27

Where is your placenta? My little one is a maniac, constantly wiggling, flipping and kicking, but I have a fundal placenta (right at the top), so there is nothing cushioning me from the front so I feel more that way.

With the pulsing, I thought I could feel that a few times, but turned out it was myand I was getting over-excited blush

kathyis6incheshigh Wed 16-Sep-09 17:36:33

It's not too bad except when I'm tired - tend to get nauseous in the afternoon and taking half a cyclizine in the morning to stop me throwing up but managing ok mostly.
MIL came to stay on Thursday to do dd's school pick-ups and that has really helped as she's taking the pressure off re dcs - it was physical contact with dcs (wiping bottoms, them sitting on my lap and wriggling) that was making me sick the most and she's very nobly mucking in with dd's toilet visits as well as giving them lots and lots of cuddles! When she goes home at the end of the week my mum is coming smile
So glad yours has eased up!

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Wed 16-Sep-09 18:01:03

Oh I don't know where the placenta is - in the normal location I guess, as I have not been told any different blush i should know shouldn't i?

I shall just have to have a few quiet words with him, DH has told him to behave but he is not having any of it grin

1mum1 Wed 16-Sep-09 18:15:48

Hi Pav, just read what you wrote about choc for b/fast - could it be a caffeine rush that your little one is having? I have a fair amount of choc even though I try my hardest to keep the intake down but I forget that caffeine doesn't just occur in tea and coffee but also choc shock

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Wed 16-Sep-09 18:34:20

Ooooh - it could be? Not too much chocolate, but a bit more coffee than I should be having at the moment due to ishoos I am having with one thing and another. I will try to cut it out and see what happens. Thanks for that!

1mum1 Wed 16-Sep-09 19:14:37

No probs - I think decaff coffee tastes the same but I'm sure some coffee lovers may disagree! I wish I could find a way to stop the choc!

lucky1979 Wed 16-Sep-09 19:28:37

pav - I only know because the guy mentioned in the scan as one of the routine checklist things and I had no idea what he meant so had to google it later

Doesn't make any difference to the pregnancy unless it's at the bottom.

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