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MissMercy · 11/10/2018 11:26

Baby has really stopped moving as much. I've been for monitoring and all is well. I'm nearly 37 weeks but baby ONLY moves when I have a cold drink, eat fruit, poke him/her a bit. Never voluntarily. It's all a bit unsettling and I'm struggling to accept that this is normal. I can't go in for constant monitoring as it's not necessary and midwives have said baby is perfect. Has anyone else experienced this? I'm going a bit crazy with worry...

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Oobis · 11/10/2018 11:34

Baby probably doesn't have much space now!!!! Have you spoken to midwife? I'm not medically trained and cannot tell you all is a ok, but baby is moving, just less often. Do you have a Doppler or can you borrow one to reassure yourself all is well?
If you are even slightly concerned, get it checked. If you're frightened of appearing neurotic, you have my permission to appear as neurotic as anything. If there's a problem with baby or not, if you are anxious, get your mind put at rest by a professional.
37 weeks.....exciting times!!! Are you in maternity leave? Packed?

MissMercy · 11/10/2018 11:38

Thanks @Oobis ! Hospital bag is nearly packed! Maternity leave starts on Monday 😁 just hoping everything goes as smoothly as possible and that baby is okay... it's so bloody scary!

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Jarline · 11/10/2018 11:39

I appreciate @Oobis ' advice is well-meaning, but please, please don't reply on a doppler. It is a common myth that babies' movements slow down towards the end.
Make a note of the movement patterns, really try to think about it, you may have become accustomed to the smaller movements? Then call your midwife and explain the situation. Don't be placated, you know your baby and their patterns. They would much rather have you in to be checked than put you or the baby at risk.

SelinaMyers · 11/10/2018 11:39

Do not use a Doppler! Get checked over by a professional.

Fi1982 · 11/10/2018 11:41

Go in and get monitored. Placentas can get old towards the end of pregnancies and start to fail, which means the baby isn’t getting what it needs, hence reduced movements. It’s uncommon but if you’re worried, please go back in to your day unit and get checked.

Please don’t get a Doppler, they can pick up the placenta noises or your own heartbeat and offer a false reassurance. The medical professionals do not recommend them.

I had a lot of reduced movements throughout my pregnancy and went in for regular monitoring every few days. Saved my sanity and possibly my child. If you’re worried, go. A decent midwife will be only to happy to put your mind at rest.

Wishing you all the best x

MissMercy · 11/10/2018 11:41

I don't plan on using a doppler. I'm aware that they aren't useful unless used by a professional! It wouldn't reassure me anyway. I would just presume I had got it in the wrong place etc. Thank you!

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oliviatrivia · 11/10/2018 11:41
  1. Babies don’t run out of space

  2. The fact the baby is still moving isn’t proof all is well. If it is reduced, that is the key thing.

  3. Home dopplers are now widely considered to be dangerous. A present heartbeat isn’t indicative of the baby’s health.

    If you are concerned, go back to hospital, explain your worries and be persistent.
Fi1982 · 11/10/2018 11:42

*only too happy

peachgreen · 11/10/2018 11:42

You absolutely can go in for constant monitoring. They'll never be annoyed to see you and if you're worried, you should always go. My baby was the same - she was so big she didn't have space to do the big movements I had experienced and because my placenta was anterior I couldn't feel the small ones - and I went in half a dozen times if not more. Always better to be safe than sorry.

ThanksHunkyJesus · 11/10/2018 11:45

Baby probably doesn't have much space now!!!!

Absolutely terrible advice. Babies don't run out if room. If you're worried, go and get seen. The staff won't mind a bit. Trust your instincts.

Oobis · 11/10/2018 11:52

Sounds like my advice was pants, I apologise wholeheartedly !!
I hope all is well and you can get checked if you feel you need to. It's a scary time, but so exciting!!!!
Enjoy your last couple of days at work (assuming you work normal hours!), then you're free!!! Hopefully to have a couple of days doing as much or little as you want before meeting your beautiful baby. Take lots of care and indulge yourself with sleep and whatever you want on demand look after yourself Thanks

Bin85 · 11/10/2018 12:01

Please read the Kicks Count website or Facebook posts
Please get checked today
Good luck

Queenofthestress · 11/10/2018 12:05

Im not trying to scare you but go in and get monitored
I was really really lucky with my youngest. Really fucking lucky.
She had reduced movement at the end of my pregnancy. We put it down to lack of space in there because I'm tiny. It wasn't.
There was a knot in the cord that wasn't picked up on.
If she'd moved wrong or been in me that extra couple hours she would have been dead. We were really damn lucky she came when she did otherwise I wouldn't have been holding a live baby at the end of it, I would have been saying goodbye to a stillborn daughter.
Seriously, go get checked. Properly checked.

EmeraldVillage · 11/10/2018 12:09

In your shoes I would want to have a scan of the placental blood flows asap. You could speak to your midwife to see if the nhs would do it or if you can afford it have a private growth scan. I can recommend places in London

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