Decreased Fetal Movements Are Scary, But Don’t Press The Panic Button Yet!


It is the most exciting and emotional moment of pregnancy when you feel your baby move for the first time. Your baby should start moving between weeks 14 and 26, but generally closer to the average of week 18 to week 22, you can feel a lot of somersaults inside the womb.

Probably, you get used and also fallen in love with every little movement or feeling inside you by the third trimester. When you spot your little one’s toes or fingers through your skin it is exhilarating, beyond amazing, and the best part of pregnancy.

But in the third trimester, what if you suddenly not feel your baby move? Is it alarming and should you be worried? When should you press the panic button if you don’t feel the fetal movements?

Generally, fetal movements tend to slow down in the third trimester when the baby runs out of room. But even when there is decreased movement, your little one should move at least 10 times in a two-hour time period. The baby in the womb will have a consistent sleep and wake cycle.

However, do not panic if you are not able to feel the kicks. Go to a quiet place, lie down sideways to your left, and start counting the kicks. You have to place your hands on your belly and just focus on your baby.

Suppose you notice 10 kicks in less than two hours, you can resume your work. But if the decreased fetal movement is accompanied by other symptoms such as bleeding, headaches, rupture of membranes, or blurry vision, it is time to call your doctor.

The doctor will hook up a baby monitor to track the heartbeat and also to pick up any fetal movements. You may also have to get an ultrasound done to check on the baby.

While the lack of movements is generally related to a resting baby, low oxygen from the placenta or lower amniotic fluid to the baby, you should not worry. Just follow your instincts and pay attention to your body.

If you feel any notable change, discuss with your doctor immediately. Any lack of movement typically occurs when you are sitting or standing, are distracted, and if your baby is positioned with its arms and legs toward your back.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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