You may feel your baby move as early as 16 weeks of pregnancy, but most women usually feel something between 18 and 24 weeks. If this is your first pregnancy, you may not notice your baby’s movements until you are more than 20 weeks pregnant.
Tommy's has developed a guide to baby movements in partnership with NHS England on baby's movements in pregnancy. It is available in ten languages at the bottom of this page.
What does a movement feel like?
Baby movements in the womb, also known as fetal movements or ‘kicks’, can feel like anything from a flutter, kick, swish or roll. The type of movement may change as your pregnancy progresses.
How often should my baby move?
There is no set number of normal movements you should be feeling – every baby is different. Your baby will have their own pattern of movements that you should get to know.
From 18-24 weeks on you should feel the baby move more and more. After 32 weeks, the movements will stay roughly the same until you give birth.
- It is NOT TRUE that babies move less towards the end of pregnancy.
- You should CONTINUE to feel your baby move right up to the time you go into labour and during labour.
Get to know your baby’s normal pattern of movements.
DO NOT WAIT until the next day to seek advice if you are worried about your baby’s movements
Contact your midwife or maternity unit immediately if you think your baby’s movements have slowed down, stopped or changed. There are staff on the hospital maternity unit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- DO NOT put off calling until the next day to see what happens.
- Do not worry about phoning. It is important for your doctors and midwives to know if your baby’s movements have slowed down or stopped.
Why are my baby’s movements important?
Feeling your baby move is a sign they are well.
If your baby moves less or if you notice a change in the pattern of movements this can sometimes be an important warning sign that a baby is unwell. If you get the right treatment and care as soon as you can this could save your baby’s life.
Is there anything that can affect being able to feel my baby move?
You may be less likely to be aware of your baby’s movements when you are active or busy.
If your placenta is at the front of your uterus (womb), it may not be easy for you to feel your baby’s movements. If your baby’s back is lying at the front of your uterus, you may feel fewer movements than if his or her back is lying alongside your own back.
But don’t assume this is why you can’t feel your baby’s movements. If you think your baby’s movements have slowed down, stopped or changed contact your midwife or maternity unit immediately. It’s always best to get checked.
Your baby lying head down or bottom first will not affect whether you can feel them move.
Can I make my baby move?
No, you should not try to make your baby move. If you think your baby’s movements have slowed down, stopped or changed contact your midwife or maternity unit immediately.
Can I use a home doppler to check on my baby?
Do not use any hand-held monitors, dopplers or phone apps to check your baby’s heartbeat. Even if you think you detect a heartbeat, this does not mean your baby is well because it might be your own heartbeat. You need to be checked by a healthcare professional.
Find out more about why using home devices are not a safe way of checking your baby’s health.
You need to be monitored by a cardiotocography machine or a midwife who can interpret the baby’s heartbeat.
Any care or treatment that could save a baby needs to be done when the baby has a heartbeat.
What happens if my baby's movements have slowed down?
Less than 24 weeks pregnant
Contact your midwife if you have never felt your baby move by 24 weeks. They will check your baby’s heartbeat. You may have an ultrasound scan and you may be referred to a specialist fetal medicine centre to check your baby's health.
Between 24 and 28 weeks pregnant
You should contact your midwife or local maternity unit immediately. Do not wait until the next day or next appointment.
You will have a full antenatal check-up that includes checking the size of your uterus, measuring your blood pressure and testing your urine for protein. If your uterus measures smaller or larger than expected, you may have an ultrasound scan to check on your baby’s growth and development.
Over 28 weeks
You should contact your midwife or local maternity unit immediately. Do not wait until the next day or next appointment.
An ultrasound scan may be arranged if:
- your womb is smaller or larger than expected
- you have a high risk pregnancy
- the heart rate is normal but you still feel that your baby's movements are slower or less
- you have had reduced fetal movements already in your pregnancy.
If the movements have slowed down does it mean my baby is not well?
Fewer movements could mean that your baby is unwell, but usually these checks reveal that everything is OK. Most women who have experienced one episode of fewer movements go on to have a straightforward pregnancy and healthy baby. However it is very important that you are checked to make sure everything is OK.
What if my baby’s movements are reduced again?
If, after your check up, you are still not happy with your baby’s movement, you must contact either your midwife or maternity unit straight away, even if everything was OK last time.
NEVER HESITATE to contact your midwife or the maternity unit for advice, no matter how many times this happens.
Download the leaflet
The leaflet Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well is also available in many other languages to download here.
Are you worried about your baby’s reduced movements? This leaflet outlines the care that you should expect to receive, depending on which stage of the pregnancy you are at.
Our #movementsmatter campaign, launched on 24 October, challenges dangerous myths about baby movement during pregnancy, and urges mums-to-be to follow current recommendations about what to do when they experience a change in their baby's movements.
It's concerning to see mobile apps that claim to monitor your baby’s heartbeat being promoted in the press
An Evening Standard piece promoting mobile apps for mums-to-be shows why greater awareness about reduced fetal movements is needed.
Rebecca suffered a neonatal death and 5 miscarriages and before being cared by the Tommy's Rainbow Clinic in her 2 next pregnancies
Sarah lost her son Joel at 40 weeks. This is an account of Joel's stillbirth and it's aftermath.
Sandra Bassett’s baby boy Toby was born sleeping after she experienced reduced fetal movements in 2015. Sandra has gone on to fundraise in Toby’s name and recently donated a cuddle cot to the hospital Toby was born in.
‘Every time I was worried, I went straight to the hospital for check-ups. I never left it to chance.’
Jo was induced three weeks early with baby Thomas after she reported reduced fetal movements for the fifth time.
Amy's son George was stillborn at 31 weeks after she experienced reduced fetal movements. Her rainbow baby, Sophia Grace, is now nine-months-old.
Camilla delivered son Nicolas in February at 37.4 weeks after reporting reduced fetal movement.
'I remember saying, "I didn’t expect this", my voice was so controlled but I was feeling the complete opposite.'
Theresa delivered her son, Joshua, at 36 weeks via emergency C-section after reporting reduced fetal movements.
'Looking back I shouldn’t have waited, I should have gone to hospital as soon as I felt baby’s movement change.'
Tommy’s midwife Jo is mum to 11 week old Sophie. She was induced two weeks early after reporting reduced fetal movements.
Carla Pilsworth's daughter Daisy was stillborn in 2011. She has since suffered recurrent miscarriage. She is determined to raise awareness, and ran the 2016 London Marathon for Tommy's in April.
Simon and Dawn were devastated to discover their first child Tegan had died of unknown causes when she was 36 weeks pregnant.
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2012) Your baby's movements in pregnancy London RCOG
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists ( (2011) Reduced Fetal movements, Green-top Guideline No 57, RCOG.
ℹLast reviewed on October 3rd, 2018. Next review date October 3rd, 2021.
By Sarah (not verified) on 20 Jul 2018 - 15:43
Hi, im 22 weeks (23 weeks on Sunday 22nd July). I’m a little worried not sure if I’m overthinking too much but I’ve felt the odd kick and fitter but I am quite an active person therefore may not always notice. As I’m a first time mum some of the flutters I’m not sure if subconsciously I’m thinking they are kicks or not... any reassurance will be fab! (I’m currently on a baby moon In France) Thanks Sx
By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Jul 2018 - 14:57
Hi Sarah, Most women feel movements by the time they are 24 weeks so there is no need to worry, you can enjoy your holiday in France. Have you had your anomaly scan? It can be very reassuring when you see that all is well. If you don't feel a pattern of movements by 24 weeks please arrange to see your midwife.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 26 Jul 2018 - 16:11
Yes I’ve had my anomaly scan and all is well he’s growing and everything is fine. I also have an anterior placenta which could also cushion my movements. I’m at the midwifes on 7th August for my 25 week check up so will also mention then or get booked in earlier once I’m home. Thanks Sx
By Chelsea (not verified) on 16 Jun 2018 - 11:24
Hi, im 24 weeks pregnant yesterday he barely moved at all he moved a bit in the morning and at night but only for a short period of time. As he would normally be really active throughtout the day. And this morning he has only moved a bit but still no kicking. Do i go seek help?
By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Jun 2018 - 16:22
Usually at 24 weeks, we would advise that you are seen by a doctor or midwife to listen to the baby's heartbeat and to make an assessment of growth. If this is smaller than expected, you would be referred for a scan at your local maternity unit. Hope this helps x
By Leah (not verified) on 13 May 2018 - 16:00
My son was a little slow this morning but I didn’t get up until late and he’s movement doesn’t wake me - I have felt him move and role since so I’m not sure if I should be worried . Thanks x
By Midwife @Tommys on 15 May 2018 - 09:18
Any change in movement pattern for you, if it concerns you, is worth getting reviewed. Whether that's a decrease in usual movements, or a change to the type of movements that you feel. It is always best to get it checked out, mostly for peace of mind. You can go to your maternity unit's day assessment unit/pregnancy triage for a review by a midwife and Dr there. Please remember to take your pregnancy notes with you.
All the best
By Charlaine (not verified) on 24 Apr 2018 - 09:34
My baby never stopped all day and night yesterday. I went to MAU and a ctg was done and said all is well. This morning baby is moving but not as excessive as yesterday. Should I worry about this changes. One day very excessive and next day low movements?
By Midwife @Tommys on 26 Apr 2018 - 14:58
Hi Charlaine, Thank you for your comment.
We would always advise to go and get checked over if you are at all worried about your baby's movements, be it too much or too little, if you have noticed a change then please go in again and be checked over. It doesn't necessarily mean that anything is wrong but it is better to be checked and feel reassured then to keep worrying. Hope this helps, take care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Holly (not verified) on 7 Mar 2018 - 20:47
Hi, I’m 27+5 weeks and over the past week or so I have noticed my baby’s movements have changed. They used to be more ‘smaller’ movements that I would feel low down and more ‘fluttery’. Now there are fewer movements but are ‘bigger’ more like jabs than movements. I have been checked out as reported the reduce in movement using a CTG and then had a well-being scan which showed growth, placenta, fluid and Cord Doppler to be all good and I know I can go back in anytime to be checked again, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s just the type of movement that has changed rather than a pattern? Is this possible or is any change a reason to be concerned? Thanks in advance I am constantly worrying about this x
By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Mar 2018 - 12:13
Hi Holly, Thank you for your comment.
As babies grow, movements can be more defined then the flutters that are felt in the early stages of pregnancy, but everyone experiences them differently. However, we strongly suggest that even though you are feeling baby move, if there is a change like you describe and you are unsure then going in to be checked over is the best thing. It can be worrying when you are unsure what you are looking for but just trust your instincts, it is better to go in and be checked over then you can be reassured. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Bev (not verified) on 15 Feb 2018 - 10:36
Hello, I'm 40 weeks plus 5. I had a sweep yesterday and since i went to bed last night i feel like baby's movements have reduced. I also feel like all the pressure I've had in my pelvis has gone and my stomach feels as what i can only describe as lighter and i feel so tired. Should i be worried?
By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Feb 2018 - 12:27
Hi Bev, Thank you for your comment.
We would recommend that if you are worried about your baby's movements then you need to call your local maternity hospital and be checked over as soon as you can. It may be that your baby has really gone down into the pelvis that is why you are feeling lighter, many women feel lighter in their chest and find it easier to breath as their baby has dropped down.
Either way, you still need to call your labour ward or day assessment unit and be seen because of the reduction in your baby's movements. They will check baby and do a full antenatal check on yourself. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Bev (not verified) on 15 Feb 2018 - 16:11
By Chloe (not verified) on 9 Feb 2018 - 21:14
Hi I've been to the hospital 3 times now with reduced movements have been told baby is on the small side, also have been put on fragmin, protien in my urine, if it carries on what's likely to happen sorry 1st baby so not sure what to expect.
By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Feb 2018 - 15:14
Hi -Thank you for your message.
Its great that you are keeping an eye on your babies movements and really proactive in seeking advice when you are concerned - any changes in baby's movements should always be reported and checked by your midwife/doctor.
If you have been told your baby is measuring small, then your baby will need extra monitoring and checks, movements again really matter and change should be reported asap.
I would advise requesting an urgent appointment with the consultant who is overseeing your care so you can discuss all the options and any concerns you have.
And keep doing the good work and keeping a close eye on your baby's movements.
By Siobhan (not verified) on 28 Jan 2018 - 22:27
Hi im 18 weeks pregnant, will sometimes feel small flutters, and what feels like little punches, then other times nothing. Is it too early to try and work out a pattern?
By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jan 2018 - 16:45
Yes, It's lovely that you are feeling some movements now but still too early to see a pattern. This should be easier after your 24th week. Best wishes
By Kandy Jay (not verified) on 19 Jan 2018 - 20:49
Hi, i had two anatomy ultra sounds, all are saying the heatbeat of my baby is good, but today i saw my OB, she sad the heartbeat is very good, she is not worried. My baby is active , alwys playing, am 23 weeks
By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Jan 2018 - 11:16
That's great news. Glad the baby is well. Now you can enjoy the movements and be reassured by them.
By shany (not verified) on 19 Jan 2018 - 11:31
Hi I'm 38weeks, my baby has been super active, but the past 2 days his movements slowed down, I'm worried something might be wrong with him.
By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Jan 2018 - 13:39
If you have noticed that your baby's movements have slowed down over the last couple of days then it is really important that you ring your maternity unit straight away and go in to be reviewed. Please do not put off calling, it is important that you and your baby are monitored today.
Take care x
By Elizabeth brett (not verified) on 14 Jan 2018 - 19:46
Hi there I previously had a still birth at 36 weeks am now 27 weeks in a new pregnancy and have been to the home today as I’ve had sluggish movements since last night. Heart beat was 156 but still my movements don’t feel right I’ve been given an appointment for the morning for my specialist but carnt stop panicking thinking will that be to late. What should I do ?
By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Jan 2018 - 12:37
Hi. Unfortunately our hours are 9-5pm Monday to Friday so I assume that you have now been seen by your specialist. Hope all well and don't hesitate to contact us again if we can support you.
By Shahna Woolley (not verified) on 7 Jan 2018 - 16:43
I am 24 and not felt the baby move she has slowed right down
By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Jan 2018 - 10:41
If you are concerned that your baby's movements have slowed down or changed in some way, then it is ALWAYS best for you to go into your hospital labour ward/triage/day assessment unit ASAP today if you have not already done so. Just to put your mind at ease and to get a little review by a midwife and obstetric doctor. Feel free to contact us again if we can be of any further assistance to you. Sophie, Tommy's Midwife
By Sophie (not verified) on 1 Dec 2017 - 14:09
Hi, I am 25+1 today. I went into my maternity triage department on Tuesday as I had experienced reduced movements for a few days. The midwife did a fundal and used a Doppler, as well as doing a urine test. The doctor and Midwife were happy with everything and said my baby had a good strong heartbeat and had no concerns about him, but I am still really struggling.
I thought we had developed a pattern but it seems to have changed a bit Over the past few weeks. I do have a busy work life and sometimes during the day I feel him a lot less than I would expect to, and not as strongly. I suppose I am asking how often is ‘normal’?? Sometimes I can go a few hours without feeling any movements, and then feel a kick or two, to then have a period of quiet again....
Should I be feeling him more than 4 times a day? The triage told me to phone whenever I’m concerned, but I’m worried I’ll be phoning up all the time and also stressing both me and my baby. My other half tells me not to worry, but I can’t help it. It’s my first pregnancy if that wasn’t obvious from my questions...
By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Dec 2017 - 15:51
Firstly I really want to stress that it is always so important to ask if you are unsure of anything, please do not put off calling or asking for advice or support if you need it, it is exactly what midwives are here for. At 25 weeks of pregnancy it sometimes is a little tricky to monitor baby's pattern, and sometimes some babies do not really ever develop a pattern that is easy to recognise. For some babies they maybe really active at night, but not move much in the day at all. In addition, if you are busy in the day as you said, it is easy to not always feel movements or remember feeling them.
There is no specific 'normal' each baby and pregnancy is different. Please try not to get too worried or stressed (easy said than done I know!) but do ring up triage just to talk things through, or of course you can call or ring us too (0800 0147 800 or [email protected]). Take care x
By Hannah (not verified) on 20 Nov 2017 - 12:56
Hi, I am 21 weeks and I am worried about reduced movement. I had my 20 week scan last week and all was ok and he has been really active. I have noticed he is really active in the morning and at night. I felt him move last night but reduced and since then I have felt nothing, is it too soon to get this checked out? Thanks
By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Nov 2017 - 15:54
Thank you for posting I know that you are worrying and it is so good that you've got in touch. At 21 weeks of pregnancy the baby has plenty of room to move and it is too early to be monitoring a pattern but by 24 weeks we always advise that if movement patterns have slowed down and if you are not feeling your baby move as you would expect to you should contact your midwife or maternity department immediately.
Movements are a key indicator of the baby's health and can be a warning sign that the baby is becoming unwell.
We strongly advise women not to rely on home dopplers or phone apps to check their baby's heartbeat as it is not possible to pick up an unwell baby by this method.
You may find this link helpful https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/symptom-checker/reduced-fetal-movements-my-babys-movements-have-slowed-down
When you are busy you might not be as aware of your little one's movements so try and take some time out after a meal or zone in when you have a quiet moment. As your baby gets bigger his movements will be more obvious.
Best wishes and get in touch if you have any other questions
By Anonymous (not verified) on 18 Oct 2017 - 15:36
Hi I'm 24 weeks +5 days. My baby has been really active all weekend up until tuesday. Ive felt the odd big movements and a few little ones. I don't know if I'm nervous this time because I'm running around after my toddler alot and he hit my belly yesterday with his hand. My partner told me to worrying because she's just sleeping. I have a scan tomorrow afternoon booked anyway for another check up should I wait until then to see if the baby is okay.
By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Oct 2017 - 16:01
We would always recommend that any change in frequency or pattern of movements, at any gestation of pregnancy, is reviewed urgently.
It sounds like you are worried about both a change in movements, and about the type of movement that you are feeling. To be on the safe side, it is always best to get it checked out at your local labour ward/triage or day assessment unit. Despite having a scan booked for tomorrow, it is probably best to take yourself in before then as this has gone on for a little while now. Don't forget your pregnancy book too! It is always best get checked over if in doubt! Take good care of yourself!
By S (not verified) on 16 Oct 2017 - 16:43
I will be 23 weeks tomorrow. I started feeling my baby moving (like muscle twitching) since 19 weeks. The movements was increasing steadily until 6 days ago when for 2 days the baby's movement were really really strong and constant- so much so I felt the movement when I was moving about, which hadnt really happened before. However after 2 days of this increased movement, the movements have reduced for the past four days.
This is really stressing me out. Should I be worried. I called the my non-urgent local midwife team 4 days ago and they said that I should not be worried. But I could not stop worrying so I called and left a phone message to the local midwife team yesterday morning. However, I have not heard anything back. I am really really stressed because all the information talks about having to worry about reduced movement after 28 weeks onwards- but what about at 23 weeks? Should I be concerned? Please advise.
By Midwife @Tommys on 17 Oct 2017 - 08:51
Thank you for getting in touch I am so sorry that you are feeling really stressed and unsure about reduced movements. I understand that you are 23 weeks today. We expect all Mums to feel their baby moving by 24 weeks and you had a strong and definite pattern developing which has now altered.
I am not sure where you are in the country but you should have the contact details on the front of your maternity notes for the MAU (Maternal Assessment Unit) or DAU (Day Assessment Unit). This is like an A&E for pregnant women and I want you to call them this morning and go in. You are not wasting anyone's time and you are worried so it is important for your own peace of mind that you get checked out. They will do an antenatal check and listen to your baby's heartbeat.
Sometimes we don’t know why women don’t feel their baby move. In your case it may be due to you being 23 weeks. The baby still has lots of room to move around and his/her limb movements are not as obvious yet as an older baby. We do know that you are less likely to feel movements if you are busy or active. An anterior placenta (at the front of a Mum's uterus) can affect how a mother perceives the movements, as it acts like a cushion, but should never mean that reduced movements shouldn't be investigated. A high BMI (body mass index) can also affect the perception of movements in some women.
I have included some links that might be useful. They also break down the weeks so that you know what to expect and what you should do if you are concerned. Perhaps have a print out of them in the front of your notes or accessible on your phone.
At 23 weeks it is a little less clear as to what to do as you said in your post. Your baby has had a very obvious and active pattern and it has now changed and you are worried it makes perfect sense to be seen today.
Our latest campaign is #AlwaysAsk. It doesn’t matter how many times you go in if it helps to reassure you that all is well.
Please get in touch with us on the PregnancyLine 0800 0147 800 if you have any worries however small as that's what we are here for.
By s (not verified) on 17 Oct 2017 - 16:42
Thank you very very much for replying to my post. After reading your message I called local midwife team again (I am living in England). After speaking to onduty midwife, she asked me to come and have the baby's heart beat checked.
During the appointment, we heard the baby's heartbeat:) and I started crying with relief.
I am very grateful to the midwife who called and checked me, and to you Anna too. Thanks!!
By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Oct 2017 - 16:03
We are really pleased to hear that! Great news! Take care of yourself!
By Anonymous (not verified) on 14 Oct 2017 - 14:37
I am 26 weeks today and have a cervical sitch. I have not been feeling baby as much for the past two days. Should I go in?
By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Oct 2017 - 11:32
Hi there. Yes, please do go into hospital to be reviewed. If you have noticed a reduction in the movements or a change to the type of movements, then it is best to get a quick review to put your mind at ease. Please take good care of yourself and bump!
By Esther (not verified) on 29 Sep 2017 - 11:02
I am 17 weeks and 6 days but I have never felt the baby kicks or move. Should I be concerned?
By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Sep 2017 - 13:03
Most mums feel baby movements between 16 and 24 weeks.
You do not need to be concerned. However if you have any further concerns such as bleeding or pain please contact your local maternity unit.
Feel free to contact us on our helpline on 0800 0147 800 for more information also.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 21 Jul 2017 - 19:41
Hi I am 21+3 pregnant. I'm worrying because I've not felt baby girl moving today, had been feeling her loads.
I have Ehlers Danlos syndrome and P.O.T.S
Should I be concerned?
By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Jul 2017 - 14:40
Hi. Please excuse the long wait to respond to this post. We are only here during the week from Monday to Friday 9-5pm . I expect that you have felt some movements by now but in case you haven't, please be reassured that many women don't feel their baby's move until 24 weeks. Sometimes this is linked to the position of the placenta which can make feeling movements more difficult. I don't have much experience of the two conditions that you mention but it seems unlikely that either would affect the movements of your baby. Are you expecting to have a scan soon or have you had your anomaly scan? If so, was all well? Best wishes Tommy's midwife.
By Mrs (not verified) on 1 May 2017 - 15:00
Hi I am 26 weeks today and from 2 days am feeling less movements. I contacted my doctor as well and she said relax if you have movements but slow then no problem. But am concerned. What should I do? Plus baby is down in pelvis and kicking after 15-20 minutes and very slow. He was very active day before yesterday. It happened that he is slow some days and very active some days but as am 26 weeks now and I've read that you should concerned about movements at this stage so am worried. How many times should I feel my baby move in 26 weeks. Plzzzzz help me.
By Midwife @Tommys on 2 May 2017 - 09:40
Hi, thank you for posting. I am so sorry that you are so worried about your baby's movements, this alone is a reason to be seen. Between 24-28 weeks this is the advice we give every pregnant woman.
You should contact your midwife and they
should see you the same day if possible.
If they can’t see you, they may refer you to the hospital
maternity unit. Your baby’s heartbeat will be checked
and you will have a full check-up that should include:
1. checking the size of your baby by measuring
2. checking your blood pressure
3. testing your urine for protein.
If your baby is smaller than expected, an ultrasound
scan may be arranged to check on your baby’s growth.
Please contact your unit today and get seen. If you need further support we are always here to talk things through weekdays 9-5 pm on 0800 0147 800.
You might also like to print out the pdf 'A guide to baby's movements' to keep in your notes and take to your hospital today.
Please keep in touch and #AlwaysAsk
By Kim (not verified) on 30 Apr 2017 - 20:47
I'm 35 weeks pregnant and have noticed that my baby has not been moving much today unless I lay down and really try to get him to move. The movements don't seem as strong as normal and definitely not as frequent. Should I get this checked out or should it be fine?
By Midwife @Tommys on 2 May 2017 - 09:25
Please get checked out at your local maternity until this morning. You say that his movements don't seem as strong as normal and definitely not as frequent. This is a clear change in your baby's pattern. Call the hospital now and please let us know how you get on.
Anna -Tommy's Midwife
By Laura (not verified) on 16 Apr 2017 - 06:50
I'm so frustrated and I need to express it somewhere. I am in the US, 27 weeks pregnant with baby #6 and have felt virtually no moment the entire pregnancy. A bump or thump every other day at most. OB doesn't check fundal height, and no u/s since 20 weeks. But I have done this enough to know, I'm not growing. Baby doesn't move. She says anterior placenta, but I've had those before too and still felt more movement than this. Baby #2 was stillborn at 36 weeks, severely growth restricted, issues with the placenta. I feel like it's happening again but no one is listening to me. I drive an hour already to the nearest hospital that will see pregnant women. Midwives are illegal here. The hospital is chose is supposed to be the best, a teaching a research hospital. Why won't they listen to me when I know something is not right? Ugh. I wish I lived in civilization where I had access to comprehensive maternity care from midwives who would listen. I'm going to go back in and fight for answers, but I'm dreading it. I shouldn't have to fight so hard, I should be heard. :( Thank you for this site for helping me psych myself up for the battle.
By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Apr 2017 - 09:38
I'm so sorry to hear about the difficulties you are facing in getting care and your concerns being heard. Any concerns over reduced fetal movements should always be checked by a doctor or midwife.
Keep raising and reporting your concerns - I hope you are able to find someone who is able to support you in a safe and healthy pregnancy outcome.
By Priscilla (not verified) on 8 May 2017 - 04:01
I hope u were able to check it out. I recently lost my son at 29 weeks. I did all the right things. I felt reduced movements and mentioned it to the high risk OB. We checked the heatbeat and everything was fine. Two days later I went in to the hospital cause I wasn't feeling well and reduced movements once again. I was on the monitor for 2 hrs and I told the nurse that I'm not feeling any movement but on the monitor they were able to hear it my son moving around. The heartbeat was strong. Although I wasn't able to feel they mentioned about the placenta being located at the front. I was uneasy but I trusted them seeing that they are professionals. Was I wrong. At the end, I was at work and I fell on my butt and I rushed to the hospital concerned. I didn't feel my son move since morning. I went in, the nurse was trying to find the heartbeat and nothing. A second nurse came in she wasn't able to locate the heartbeat. They finally brought the doctor with a portable ultrasound machine. No heartbeat, jus my son still. No movement. They induced me and I gave birth to him on April 26/17 , 4 days later after i was there. By the way he looked he had already passed away a few days before the doctor said. What happened between that time? Why was i still feeling slight movement? Should I have been more aggressive with them. I trusted what they said. Its tough. I encourage anyone who experience reduced movement to go straight to the hospital don't second guess it. Be aggressive with the nurses and doctors. Don't leave until an ultrasound is done. Laura I really hope you were seen and demanded answers. There's nothing like ur own instincts.
By Midwife @Tommys on 9 May 2017 - 15:24
I am so sorry to hear that you have recently lost your little boy at 29 weeks. It is totally heart breaking news. You did everything you could do by going to be seen twice as you were concerned about your baby boy's movement, tragically for you, despite your best efforts he was born still.
I think the slight movement that you were still feeling after his death was his little body moving gently in response to your movement in your womb.
Even your placenta being at the front of your uterus isn't a reason for a Mum to be treated any differently when she reports reduced movements, you were still very aware of the change in his pattern and you sought out help Priscilla.
I'm not sure if you are based in the UK or the States but I hope that you are finding support from Family, friends and have access to groups in the future.