why am i not feeling his movements as much? im 38 weeks

Amanda - posted on 07/13/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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hey everyone. im 38 weeks pregnant and for the past 4 days now i havent been able to feel my sons movements as much. im starting to worry. idk if this is normal or not. i have called my OB today and all she told me was to lay down on my side and count at least 4 movements in an hour and if i didnt feel anything for me to call back, well i ended up falling asleep.. so idk. i do feel him move everyday and he still gets hiccups and i have a fetal doppler and its in the 140s and it just goes up and down.. im just really worried that theres something wrong with him?? is it normal to not feel the big kicks and jabs?? i only feel the movements when i have my hand on my belly and i feel pressure, i acctually feel more pressure then i do kicks. && the movements feel really slow, like hes having a hard time moving. and hes already head down

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Ashley - posted on 03/28/2013

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Ok so I'm 37weeks pregant today I've only have felt my baby girl kick 4 times this is my firsts pregnicy what's that mean

Kate - posted on 07/14/2010

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Trust your instinct. If something tells you it's not right, go in and get checked out. But I never felt my baby move much--maybe once a day towards the end and everything was fine.

Ashley - posted on 07/15/2010

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I went to the hospital to be monitored at 37 weeks with my daughter for the same reason and they did an ultrasound and it turned out she was already 8.8 lbs and had no room to move! The last three weeks I was pregnant the only time I could feel her move is when she had the hiccups! I wouldn't worry about it unless oyu feel absolutely no movement for 24 hours, but definately try to to get kick counts once a day, best to do them after you eat :) Hope this helps!

Ginny - posted on 07/14/2010

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My son slowed down about 2 weeks before he was born. His heart rate stayed between 140 and 145 the whole pregnancy. My heartburn went away the week before he was born.....like everything almost stopped except feeling fat (lol). And he was born perfect and healthy. I was worried about the slowing / lack of movement, but my doctor assured me that sometimes that happens towards the end

Samantha - posted on 07/16/2010

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i had the same thing and my daughter came out fine she was 8"11 so she probally didnt have room to move as my pp size was a 6 so maybe its just that he doesnt have room and apparently when there head down they dont more much either

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Sherri - posted on 07/15/2010

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Because there is so little room left for them to move in. As long as you are feeling movements don't be concerned.

Katlynne - posted on 07/15/2010

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because there is not that much room his room is limited because hes growing its perfectly normal hun just take it easy

Emma - posted on 07/14/2010

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When i was pregnant with my daughter her movements slowed down alot towards the end just because she didnt have alot of room anymore. I got worried and rang up my midwife, and like you i could still feel the baby get the hiccups. I got told aslong as im still feeling something then they are fine. Dont worry about it to much about it he might just be getting abit cramped in there and doesnt have much room to move about anymore.

Abbie - posted on 07/14/2010

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Drink a glass of cold water, lay on your side and count kicks, but yes as Courtney stated, the baby is bigger now, so less room. Plus at this age, the baby is starting to sleep longer now. But if you are concerned, go it, better to be safe then sorry!!

Courtney - posted on 07/13/2010

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it's really all about the room. they have less room to roll around and squirm, as long as you feel regular movement, i've been told that it's fine.

Jane - posted on 07/13/2010

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Obviously, you should tell your OB, however, this is normal at this stage of pregnancy in most cases. They start to engage into the birth canal, they're big now so there isn't much room to move and basically, they're getting ready to get the heck out of there! Don't be worried but again, tell your OB.

Jennifer - posted on 07/13/2010

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the baby shouldn't be moving less but the farther along you get, the movements will be different because the baby is running out of space.

you wont feel as many kicks, and punches but you should still be feeling plenty of movement such as limbs readjusting, pushing, stretching, turning (so if his back is on one side of your belly, he may turn so his back is along the other side of your belly).

Claire - posted on 07/13/2010

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It's normal :) Your little guy has gotten much bigger in the last few weeks and is just runing out of room. Do what your doctor said and lay on your side to reassure yourself. Pressure is also normal because of his size -- as he moves, he displaces everything inside you -- think of it this way, if you can't uncross your legs because there's no room, you can't kick...

Becky - posted on 07/13/2010

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Yes it is normal, (I am a mom not a doctor) Think about how big your baby is inside your body, he/she has no room to move, once the labor starts they will move down to the birth canal & make a little more room. My advice is to maybe lay down early in the day so you won't fall asleep, maybe read etc. Keep tabs on the movements & call the dr if you are still concerned. I have been a labor coach with several friends (7) & have had this problem arise with some of them too. Don't worry! Lay down & count kicks! Good Luck!

Ivy - posted on 07/13/2010

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My midwife told me to drink cold water and fresh fruit. As they both make the baby move if you are unsure. It is true, your baby will move less towards the end. My daughter's less movements were still quite active except for a day or two, then I would do what the midwife said and she would start up again. It does make your heart drop in your stomach, but if you think your baby is in jeopardy, go to the doctor/midwife asap.

Rachel - posted on 07/13/2010

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As some of the other ladies said as you get closer to delivery your little one gets more squished inside of you since there isnt as much room just rest and drink alot of water. good luck

Jen - posted on 07/13/2010

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in english terms the bub is getting squished so ur son dosnt feel like moving around as much his getting ready to come into the world. if your feeling at least something i wouldnt worry but if your worried try drinking sumthing sugary or very cold heard it makes them move or nice warm bath or a bumpy car ride. when i was 38 weeks i would poke my bump n he would kick me bk just so i knew he was fine.

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Only advice Amanda is go for a check up and the will put the monitor on you and track babys movements,my second was not a big mover and to be honest i didnt feel her alot throughout but on scan the docs were happy.At 40weeks i was taken in due to the docs not being happy she wasnt moving well.She was born healthy and perfect but always get checked.

My first never gave me a minutes peace with strong kicks and movement to the very end.The are all different but lack of movements can not be normal so better get checked and the best of luck,wishing you a safe delivery and healthy bundle of joy when the time comes:-)

Kelina - posted on 07/13/2010

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At this stage he's having a hard time moving around in there! He's getting cramped mom! You'll probably feel that pressure more and more until you go into labor, and les and les actual kicks and punches, although you might get a foot in the ribs to try and make more room! As long as fetal heartrate is good, and you still feel some movement you're good. i don't think my son moved at all after 38 weeks except doing headspins on my cervix(which HURT!) and shoving his feet in my ribs. Good luck and congratulations!

Dominique - posted on 07/13/2010

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I didn't feel my little girl for four days and when i went in i told them that and they did an ultrasound and realized that the amniotic fluid was leaking out.

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As far as I know the big jabs will be minimal at 38 wks because there is very little room for baby to move. You may find that baby may be partly engaged now which would also explain the lack of movement.

A trick that always worked for me when I was worried was to drink a cold can of coke (full fat) because the cold and sugar wake the baby up a little (midwife recommended it).

But if you are worried insist on seeing your doctor and they can reassure you, after all it is their job to do this!

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