Baby not moving...

Kevlyn - posted on 12/19/2009 ( 48 moms have responded )

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Maybe I'm just paranoid but I thought I would ask other moms anyway... Let me let you in on what's going on before the question... I am currently 37 weeks pregnant with my third baby. I have been having contractions for four weeks tomorrow. The doctor put me on meds to stop the contractions, but they didn't work, all they did was stop me from dialating. Ever since I have been having contractions, I have been having to go into the doctor every few days to have contractions and baby's heart rate monitered. Last time I went to the doctor was Thursday, they told me to quit taking the meds, I was dialated a fingertip, I was completely thinned out, and still having contractions and the baby looked good. Last night after I got through eating dinner the baby started moving more and harder than he ever has for about thirty minutes then stopped.. He didn't move again last night that I know of and today he is not moving very much at all and when he does it is very light movement. Is it normal for him to do that?









EDIT: They have also told me that he has been locked into birth position for the last four weeks. Could his movement changes be meaning that it is getting closer to time to have him?

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Myra - posted on 12/19/2009

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No need to worry. As long as you don't go 24 hours without feeling movement, even if it's lighter than normal, your little one is fine. It is very possible that he is getting more settled into position for birth; the lower his head gets into your pelvis, the less he'll be able to move.

As with anything, though, if your instinct tells you something is wrong, call your doctor or get to the hospital ASAP for a professional medical opinion...even if everyone says you are fine.

User - posted on 12/19/2009

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I would recommened calling the doctor right away..If the baby is normally active and just quits, something might be wrong. That or maybe it was something you ate yesterday that made him really hyper. My son use to freak out in me when I had soda and then he would just chill in my tummy after a few hours or so. Please call though I know that would make you feel better as well.

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Renae - posted on 01/01/2010

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As soon as I didn't feel my baby move for a day I called my OB and they said to come in straight away just in case. It will give you so much peace of mind to see that little heart beating. Go and see your doctor or you will worry yourself sick.

Tressa - posted on 12/31/2009

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As it gets nearer to the baby coming, they don't move as much or at all it seems. This is O.K., or it was for me. I would cry and cry worrying that something was seriously wrong, and they said that as the baby has less and less room to move, they settle down a bit just before they make their grand entrance.

Emily - posted on 12/21/2009

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I agree with what everyone else is saying...call you doctor right away!!!

Linda - posted on 12/21/2009

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My daughter is also pregnant with her third child and is due Feb. 27th. She has been having contractions and they said that the baby is in position already. You are saying the same things my daughter says. Her last baby was born with very severe problems after a relatively normal pregnancy. The baby stopped moving very much at about the 7th month and she had to have a c-section after a difficult labor. No problems with the first child. This pregnancy is different as to the movement of the baby so I would venture a guess that you are progessing normally, It sounds like you will deliver fairly soon with a healthy baby. I had 2 and they were both different. My mother had 13 children(1 set of twins) and she said that no two were the same and the movement varied with each one but they seemed to slow down just proir to delivery. Don't worry too much about it unless the doc says different. Have a great Holiday season and congrats on the new little one! Hope this helps you some. Do go and get checked just to be sure. The baby may just be ready to come and join your family!

Gordana - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Kevlyn:

Baby not moving...

Maybe I'm just paranoid but I thought I would ask other moms anyway... Let me let you in on what's going on before the question... I am currently 37 weeks pregnant with my third baby. I have been having contractions for four weeks tomorrow. The doctor put me on meds to stop the contractions, but they didn't work, all they did was stop me from dialating. Ever since I have been having contractions, I have been having to go into the doctor every few days to have contractions and baby's heart rate monitered. Last time I went to the doctor was Thursday, they told me to quit taking the meds, I was dialated a fingertip, I was completely thinned out, and still having contractions and the baby looked good. Last night after I got through eating dinner the baby started moving more and harder than he ever has for about thirty minutes then stopped.. He didn't move again last night that I know of and today he is not moving very much at all and when he does it is very light movement. Is it normal for him to do that?




EDIT: They have also told me that he has been locked into birth position for the last four weeks. Could his movement changes be meaning that it is getting closer to time to have him?


I have had four babies and they were all different while in utero--our last baby, our boy was kind of active in the earlier stages of pregnancy but once he got bigger he stopped moving --it is normal as far as I have been told for babies to sort of calm  down before they are born as there is not so much space for them to move


Take care








 

Addeline - posted on 12/21/2009

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I am a midwife and I would advise you to go to the hospital as asoon as possible. Now that you are 37 weeks the baby can be delivered as it is now mature. /They were right to stop the meds but go and have the baby monitored. Good Luck

Crystal - posted on 12/21/2009

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locked I was told by a Doctor they can just as well so to say unlock from that position if your not delivering. Honestly to stop you from having a baby at 37 weeks is understandable but you should pretty much be fine to deliver right now baby should be completely fine. I would definitely go into the emergency room if it was me and just have them check for a heart beat and who knows maybe it will be time for delivery anyways and if something is wrong y our right there to take care of any emergency... better safe than sorry right!

Katherine - posted on 12/20/2009

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My son did this and i went to the hospital and they induced me straight away, I had him the next day. Go get checked out.

Kendall - posted on 12/20/2009

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i think its ok i think the baby is just gettin ready to come out! he crobaly has no room to move so when he was kickin he was tryin to make room! when i was prego i didnt have any fluid so it was hard but if u are worried go to a doctor dont wait

Tameka - posted on 12/20/2009

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As long as he is moving it's good. He just doesn't have much room. Just remember to do your kick count and if anything else seems abnormal call the doctor that's what they are there for.

Kimberley - posted on 12/20/2009

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it could be that since he is in the birth position he may not move that much i think when it come time for the birth babies tend to save there engery for the birth it's slef but if you are not really sure i would call and ask your Doctor and maybe they can do an ultrasound to make sure he is ok.

Kate CP - posted on 12/20/2009

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Quoting Hailey:

i dont understand why they havent just induced you its not like bub isnt ready , i would contact your dr though you just never can be too careful when it comes to bein pregnant honey , im preg too n due on the 7th of jan so were about the same due date lol good luck hope everything is perfect for you


Because baby's lungs aren't developed enough until 37-38 weeks gestation.

Amanda - posted on 12/20/2009

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From everything that I have read (and that was a lot when I was pregnant with my one and only) it is quite common for the baby to slow down or stop moving in the last month because there really isn't anywhere for them to go. Don't worry. But it never hurts to call the doctor just to ease your own mind. That's what the doctors are there for. Good luck:)

Kate - posted on 12/20/2009

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Typically their movement slows to a point where it's almost unnoticable during the last few weeks of pregnancy. It get's cramped in there and there isn't as much room for him to move around as there was before. I wouldn't worry too much!

Dora - posted on 12/20/2009

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I have seven children and it is always quiet before the storm. Just be ready the more children you have the faster the want to show their little faces. May you will have a wonderful bundle of joy for Christmas.

Courtney - posted on 12/20/2009

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Call your doctor right away (if you haven't already done so). I had a similar situation and to help ease my mind, my doctor told me to drink something really cold and sweet -- like fruit juice. Then, lay on your left side and rest. Usually that will "wake" the little one up and you can count his/her kicks. My doctor said that it's important to get 6 kick counts within an hour. Your situation is unique though, so call your doctor or on-call nurse to double check. Thinking of you and hoping that everything is going well. Take care!

Kelsey - posted on 12/20/2009

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When I was worried about my baby not moving the doctor told me to eat some form of sugar and lie down to focus on the movements. The sugar gets the baby moving so you can really feel it. I wasn't as close as you are to my due date though.

Jenna - posted on 12/20/2009

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I would call my doctor as well. But for ease of mind- usually the bigger they are the less they move because the less room they have. Makes sense..

Ashlea - posted on 12/20/2009

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I had the same problem when I was pregnant with my daughter. Although my contractions started after my first trimester. I was on bed rest for six months. But, as long as he is making movements whether they are little or small he is ok. I went to the doctor everyday for the last two months with my daughter and she was just fine. She went a month without hardly moving but her heart rate and everything was normal. It also very well may have been something you ate. I know if I would eat anything with red dye in it..she would act very out of character and jump and kick me all night..the next day...she was back to being herself.

Clarissa - posted on 12/20/2009

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Sounds like what I went through with my last pregnancy, Baby wants out and I dont blame it poor thing. i`m suprised they havent induced you already to be honest, sounds like baby is in position and has no room to move and wants it over as I expect you do too. I`d go down the hospital instead and let them know your concerns, and who knows you could be holding your new baby by this time tomorrow. When my son was born he was out in 15mins he had had enough, I had a wonderful home birth which i`d recommend to any mum. Good luck, hope it all goes well for you.

Hailey - posted on 12/20/2009

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oh my dr always tells me if i have any changes(decrease) in movement to contact him

Hailey - posted on 12/20/2009

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i dont understand why they havent just induced you its not like bub isnt ready , i would contact your dr though you just never can be too careful when it comes to bein pregnant honey , im preg too n due on the 7th of jan so were about the same due date lol good luck hope everything is perfect for you

Eva - posted on 12/20/2009

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yes it might be he ready but if i were you to be sure call your doctor tell him that you have not been feeling the bay make movement acctually i am shocked that they are putting you through this it put stress on you and the baby so go to the hosp. and get checked out good luck

Kerry - posted on 12/20/2009

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yes i would call the doctor or just go straight up to thehospital, if you dont have ten movements a day they recommend u go up and get checked. good luck

Jennifer - posted on 12/19/2009

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It could be that he is locked into position but with both of my pregnancy's i was still able to feel movement pretty good if i relaxed for a few minutes with my feet up and drank something sugary. If you try that and sit still for 30 min and your not really feeling much movement I would go into labor and delivery for a stress test to make sure he's not in any stressed positions and has plenty of fluid etc. Go with your gut!

Vicky - posted on 12/19/2009

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I hope that you were able to relax somewhat. I agree with the ladies, calling the doctor is your best bet if you're worried about your baby. The doctors have seen this all before and are fully prepared for it. Don't feel bad about being concerned. This is a completely natural and normal thing and it's also a stressful time as well.
Once everything turns out ok, may I suggest looking into baby heart monitors? I believe Babies R Us carries them as well as Target. I didn't get one as the doctors told me that my baby's placenta was basically covering him, which meant that I wouldn't feel as much movement as other moms, but I always kept this product in the back of my mind in case I started to worry about him more.
Remember, there are no stupid questions! You can't worry enough when it comes to your baby. Ease your mind and have it checked out.

Lydia - posted on 12/19/2009

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If you are worried then always call the doctor - there are no stupid questions when it comes to your babys welfare! It is most likely nothing - just the baby may be in a comfortable position but even so its better to KNOW that than miss something...

Kevlyn - posted on 12/19/2009

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Thanks everyone for your help....i think i'm going to go relax in the bath, drink some juice, and lay back down to see if he will pick up movement and if not i'm going to go ahead and go to the ER...Will keep you all posted!

Sarah - posted on 12/19/2009

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I wouldn't worry about how the light the movement is if he is moving. My doctor told me that as long as you feel them moving around they baby should be ok. However if it makes you feel better to call the doctor I would.

Andrea - posted on 12/19/2009

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I was told that if the baby did move 10 time in an hour to head to the hospital, Not trying to worry you but I would be getting every thing in line and head there.. For this reason only.. They told me that if they are not moving 10 time in a hour they could be in distress.. Hope this is helpful best wishes and take care...

Clodagh - posted on 12/19/2009

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He's prob trying to make his way out. A lot of people told me to drink a can of coke, then you would defo feel him movin.

Danielle - posted on 12/19/2009

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DO NOT hesitate to call your doctor or go to the closest ER immediately. Regardless of them looking at you like you're just being paranoid, it'll atleast put your mind to ease knowing that everything is ok in there for him. Keep us updated!

Cassie - posted on 12/19/2009

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I just recently went through the same thing. It actually IS normal for your baby to do this. As long as you can feel the baby move, even just a little, then everything is probably fine. Just write down whenever you feel him move and for how long and keep your doctor updated. Sometimes depending on the position of the baby will effect how little or how much you feel the baby move. Chances are everything is okay, but definetly keep your doctor up on the sudden change.

Jennifer - posted on 12/19/2009

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I would have a big glass of juice or something really cold and drink it fast......if you don't feel the baby move within 10 minutes go to the hospital and do a stress test just to make sure everything is ok !!!
When I was pregnant I went to the hospital cause I didn't feel the baby move all day. They took me right away and I was hooked up to the monitor within 5 minutes. They won't make you wait........if nothing else go for piece of mind !!!!!!
Keep us posted !!!

Kevlyn - posted on 12/19/2009

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Quoting kiesha:

yes it is my baby girl did that to me since the baby is already big thier isnt much room to move and my doctor told me that she waz so far in my uterus that she really wasnt goin to move as much now she is here and ok so you are good i hope u on bed rest



Yeah, I have been on bed rest for four weeks now. But the doctor told me thursday that I could get up and move around a little more now just not suppose to be out of bed longer than an hour at a time and then back to bed I have to go.

Kiesha - posted on 12/19/2009

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yes it is my baby girl did that to me since the baby is already big thier isnt much room to move and my doctor told me that she waz so far in my uterus that she really wasnt goin to move as much now she is here and ok so you are good i hope u on bed rest

Nikki - posted on 12/19/2009

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I would go and get checked out, I had a similar thing happen to me and it is really scary. I was fine they hooked me up to the monitor and there were heaps of movements which I couldnt feel. I was always paranoid about having enough movements so my ob told me to eat something really sugary or with caffine and lay down for a while and count the movements, if I couldnt feel any after 2 hours I went and got checked, probably paranoid I know, but it only happened twice and the midwifes were very understanding with my concerns. I now have a beautiful baby girl!

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If I were you I would call your doctor asap or even go to triage or er to have them check on the baby. Even if everything turns out to be fine its better to be safe than sorry. Since this is your third pregnancy you obviously have an idea of what normal movement is so if your questioning it then definetly get it checked out dont wait another minute. good luck i hope everything is alright

Brandi - posted on 12/19/2009

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I don't want to worry you, but I would call the dr. right away and let them know your concerns. It is probably nothing (as you are being well monitored by your dr.) but it certainly couldn't hurt to ask. I would think that as long as he is making some movements, he's probably fine, but since you have had some troubles i would call. Good luck and congrats.

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