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Old 03-06-2006, 04:26 PM   #1
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fetal movement ?

I am almost 35 weeks pregnant and my baby is breech but lately I havent been feeling her move as much as I did before only little flutters every now and then is this normal or should I be concerned?

 
Old 03-06-2006, 04:34 PM   #2
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Re: fetal movement ?

The baby is growing, and in the last month they gain an average of 1lb a week. so the room in there is getting pretty tight. They also sleep alot in the 3rd trimester to get ready for "the big day". as long as you do feel movement in there every couple of hours, everything should be fine.

 
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Old 03-06-2006, 05:04 PM   #3
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It is NORMAL. Think about how much the baby is growing and that it doesn't have much room to move around in there anymore...usually your doctors or midwifes tell you this along with books about pregnancy. Don't worry. I am also 35 weeks and I experience the same thing.

 
Old 03-06-2006, 08:56 PM   #4
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The baby is growing, and in the last month they gain an average of 1lb a week.
1/2 pound per week. Around 34 weeks the average baby weighs about 4-5 pounds, so if they gained 1 pound per week during the last month, the average baby would be nearly 10 pounds.

(Trust me, I'm going through this right now with my behemoth sized. EEK!)

But I agree, the last few weeks they start to slow down as the room in there decreases. I've noticed our baby girl has changed considerably in how she moves. It feels more like a stretching or pushing, then it does a kick or punch (like it did before).

 
Old 03-08-2006, 06:12 PM   #5
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Hi

eveything everyone posted back to you is the same exact things people posted to me last year right before I lost my first son to stillbirth at 36 weeks.

I am sure in most cases it is normal to have lighter movement. I believed it was for me when my son's movement became lighter and lighter between 30-36 weeks. Now in hindsight, I know if I had gotten early intervention my son's chances of surviving would have been much better. He was suffering from oxygen deprivation as my placenta for some unknown reason wasn't producing enough oxygen.

I did not get the non-stress test done until the day he died. I now warn other moms in honor of my sons memory, if there is any doubt, it absolutely cannot hurt to check it out. Call your doctor, be very strong about your feelings that you are concerned about lack of movement and that he is in a breech position. If the doc blows off your concerns (like mine did) go to the ER and tell them. They will admit you and do a non-stress (which monitors baby's movements) and possibly an ultrasound.

It is possible you waste a day in the hospital and eveything is fine, then you can leave feeling more reassured. But if something is wrong and you didn't do anything , you will be left wondering the rest of your life(like me) why you didn't do something sooner?

NOt to scare, and most likely you are fine, but please at least call your doctor.

I am 13 weeks along with my second child and am calling my docs and specialist over every little thing. I have had 3 ultrasounds already and it has been reassuring.

Take care and good luck
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I believed it was for me when my son's movement became lighter and lighter between 30-36 weeks.
I'm very sorry for your loss. And I agree, when in doubt always call your doctor. However, there is a difference in a lack of movement at 30 weeks, and a change in movement at 35 weeks. There is a considerable amount of growing done in those 5 weeks, and the last month is very crammed in there.

It NEVER hurts to call your doctor, and if you still feel as though something is wrong, you shouldn't feel guilty for insisting on an NST or U/S (I know some women feel awkward asking for certain procedures, but they shouldn't!).

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Old 03-08-2006, 10:50 PM   #7
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I go every friday for them to monitor the baby's hearbeat is that the same thing as a non stress test? They always say everything is fine and that she sounds good and my last sonogram was last week where they found out she was breech and they didnt mention seeing anything wrong with her besides being stubborn and staying in the wrong position.. would they be able to tell by monitoring her heartbeat every week if there was a problem?

 
Old 03-09-2006, 05:39 AM   #8
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Yes, the monitor you're talking about is the NST test. They look for rythems in the heart rate which indicates oxygen intake. The more rythem, the more blood, which obviously means more oxygen.

I go twice a week for mine (Mon/Thurs) and mine have been fine too, despite her movements slowing down (again, it's a space issue).

 
Old 03-09-2006, 10:19 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the info it helps alot especially when its your first pregnancy

 
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HI again

Let me clarify, there was not a lack of movement, it was a slow decrease. By that I mean light flutters for 2-3 days, then strong movement for a day or 2 then back to flutters. It wasn't something that happened all of a sudden. That is why I wasn't sure if it was normal or not. He had always moved strong before that and then I noticed a change and a slowing down. People did tell me it was because he was getting bigger and not much room to move. Also, I had gest. diabetes and people said it was because I was on a special diet and eating less sugar.

Make sure that you are getting a NST. If your are, YOu will be lying on your back with monitors strapped to your belly and a screen with heartrates and movement lines, and you hit a button when you feel movement and it prints out a paper with results. I too was getting monitored for babys heartbeat with a doppler, and it was always a good heartbeat, including the day he died, the day I absolutely felt no movement at all, went in and HB was 140. He had a HB right until they took him out C-section.

My point being, I was shocked to learn a baby could have a heartrate and die anyway.

you will know in your heart if something seems wrong. You know what is normal movement for your baby and what is not. You can also do a kick count chart, which I wasn't aware of at the time, my doc never metioned it. I guess it helps you see a pattern with movement.

Good luck and please keep us posted. I am learning all over again with my second one and am trying to learn from other peoples concerns and issues.
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HI again

Let me clarify, there was not a lack of movement, it was a slow decrease. By that I mean light flutters for 2-3 days, then strong movement for a day or 2 then back to flutters.
Gotcha.

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You can also do a kick count chart, which I wasn't aware of at the time, my doc never metioned it.
Did you voice your concerns to your doctor? Because I hate to say it, but your doctor sounds largely responsible for not taking you seriously. I hope you have a different doctor this time.

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