Movements matter - raising awareness of fetal movements

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. The campaign is supported by NHS England and Kicks Count.

Film published in Oct 2016. Review date Oct 2019

A baby moving during pregnancy can be anything from a flutter, kick, swish or roll and these are a sign that baby is well.

When a baby is unwell, they may conserve energy by slowing down their movements. This can be the first sign of a problem.

55% of women who had a stillbirth noticed their baby’s movements had slowed down or stopped but hadn’t reported it.

If this symptom is reported promptly there is a window of opportunity in which the baby’s life may be saved.

We want our campaign to raise awareness of the importance of fetal movements across the UK. 

The campaign is supported by NHS England and Kicks Count.

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Translated leaflets

This leaflet is available in the following languages:

Arabic: Download the PDF version of Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well in Arabic 

French: Download the PDF version of Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well in French 

German: Download the PDF version of Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well in German 

Italian: Download the PDF version of Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well in Italian 

Polish: Download the PDF version of Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well in Polish

Punjabi: Download the PDF version of Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well in Punjabi

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Spanish: Download the PDF version of Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well in Spanish

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For more information about how you can support the campaign and help us spread the word, please contact:

Kate Davies, Senior Digital and Information Manager, at kdavies@tommys.org or 0207 398 3465

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Hannah Blake, PR Manager, at hannahmblake@gmail.com or on  07730 039361

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Our stillbirth research

  • The team at the Rainbow Clinic

    The Rainbow Clinic

    The Tommy's Rainbow Clinic is part of the Tommy's Stillbirth Research Centre at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester. It provides specialist antenatal care for women who have suffered a previous stillbirth or neonatal death.

  • Diagram of baby and placenta in womb

    The Placenta Clinic

    The Placenta Clinic, run as part of the Tommy's Stillbirth Research Centre at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester, is the largest placenta-focused research group in the world.

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    Our research centre in St Mary's Hospital, Manchester

    Tommy’s research centre in Manchester is based at St Mary’s Hospital. It was opened in 2001 and now houses 88 clinicians and scientists, researching the causes of stillbirth and finding treatments to prevent it.

  • Team of researchers

    Research into stillbirth

    When a baby dies after 24 weeks of gestation it is called a stillbirth. Incredibly, over 3,500 babies are stillborn every year in the UK and many of these deaths remain unexplained. Tommy’s research is dedicated to improving these shocking statistics.

Last reviewed on October 20th, 2016. Next review date October 20th, 2019.

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  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 1 Apr 2017 - 14:29

    Hi I have had this pain which has gotten severe since I was 8 weeks pregnant. My hips are so painful at night and when I try to roll over in bed my lower back pains &makes a click like sound and are very painful. Am 30 weeks now but just worried if I can have a natural birth. I have also been taking pregnacare original which contains everything from folic acid vitaminB12 etc is my baby safe ? Should I stop using this type and opt for another without those two minerals? Thanks

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Apr 2017 - 09:33

    Hi Lydia. Pregnacare is 100% safe to take and designed for use before and during pregnancy. It contains vital nutrients and vitamins for you and your baby, i would not recommend stop taking it, as it is not responsible for your hip pains.
    Pregnancy hormones are likely to be the reason for your aching hips - progesterone, softens all of your joints in pregnancy in preparation for birth and can make your hips joints and the front of your pelvis feel painful/uncomfortable as it all lossens and stretches. It sounds as if you are suffering with SPD (Symphysis pubis disorder) and you will need urgent referral to a physio via your GP or midwife so you can be assessed to see if you require a fitted pregnancy support belt, any analgesia and possible physio sessions. Most women with this condition, go onto have natural birth. This condition doesn't automatically require a c/s birth, as the recovery process after c/s is always so much longer than a natural birth. Please feel free to call or email us directly if you would like further information. Or make an appointment with your GP or Midwife to be referred for Physiotherapy review.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 12 Jan 2017 - 20:01

    Hello Im 26 Weeks pregnant and lately have felt a change in baby's movement. I don't feel the fluttering anymore but strong kicks and sort of like rolling movements. However In some days baby would move quite often and some days I don't feel any movement the whole day until the afternoon. I am very worried as in 2015 I lost a daughter at 27 weeks pregnant to stillborn and 10 years ago I lost twin boys at one month pregnancy to ectopic and therefore had my right fallopian tube removed. I am also a Diebetic taking two different types of insulin 3 and two times a day and a whole other tabs including one for the thyroid hormones (synthroid), folic acid, aspirin and potassium iodine. Just a very concerned mother

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Jan 2017 - 09:30

    We would always stress the importance of monitoring your baby's movements as you are doing. If you have concerns about your baby's movements, particularly if you feel they are reduced one day then do contact your midwife. It is especially important given the lost of your little girl at 27 weeks and your medical history. You should be being monitored closely in your pregnancy and having extra appointments too which I hope are in place for you. If you would like to talk further then please do contact us midwife@tommys.org

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 11 Dec 2016 - 09:50

    I'm 32 +2 weeks pregnant. I was admitted Thursday night to the labour ward with a PV bleed. I was allowed home yesterday. They gave me 2 steroid injections to mature my baby's lungs in case of preterm labour. However before discharge yesterday I reported baby had been unusually quiet in her movements that night and that day. The monitoring trace came back fine and I was allowed home. I had a very very active baby, last night at when her most active point usually is I didn't get 10 movements on my kick counter within the 2 hours. Her movements still seem reduced for her normal pattern but I don't know what to do as they sent me home yesterday saying all is fine and I don't want to be a nuisance?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Dec 2016 - 09:37

    Please do not ever worry about being a nuisance.It is part of a midwifes job to ensure you are seen if you are concerned about your baby's well being. If you are concerned about your babies movements, then you need to go back into hospital to be reviewed so that you can be reassured, or a potential problem can be picked up on ctg review. Please do not delay if you haven't already gone in! Please take care.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 3 Dec 2016 - 21:10

    Hi. I am 18+5 weeks and iv not felt the baby move yet I was at the midwife at 18 weeks and herd the heartbeat, but with my first 2 I could feel them moving by 14 weeks, is this something I should be worrying about?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Dec 2016 - 09:10

    It isn't unusual to start feeling movements after 19 weeks gestation for some women. every pregnancy and every baby is different and so please do not worry yourself - you will soon feel some movement.
    Also, with the busy lives we lead, with two other young children, i expect that you are not so focused on movements, not they aren't happening.
    If you are concerned about movements though, then it is always best to take yourself into hospital for a review. Take care of yourself!

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 27 Nov 2016 - 20:02

    I'm 25 weeks pregnant I do feel my little one move in the mornings and sometimes when I finished work but I've never gotten to know her pattern as my job is very 'hands on' always running about the place I never feel her moving when I am at work plus I have a forward placenta? Does that make it harder to feel? Help I always panic :(

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 28 Nov 2016 - 09:39

    All baby's have a different pattern of movement - and it sounds potentially as if your baby is more active in the morning and evening. It is also possible too though, that as you have an active, busy day, that you are not noticing some movements whilst you are at work. Listen to your body/baby. If you are concerned about the movement or you feel that "something just doesn't feel right", then trust your instinct and go into the hospital to be reviewed. An anterior placenta can make the movements a little less obvious, but often this isn't the case for all pregnant mothers with anterior placenta's. Try not to panic, just get used to noticing the movements you do feel and you'll start to see a pattern forming more than you currently are.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 24 Nov 2016 - 19:32

    Hi this my 7th pregnancy im 19 weeks i started feeling my baby from 14 weeks only flutters but felt her kick at just over 16 weeks but have felt nothing major since i feel the odd movement like somethings moved from one side to other but nothing to 100% say it was defo the baby should i be worried ?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 25 Nov 2016 - 10:25

    Hi, at this time in the pregnancy movements can vary, they can come and go as the baby is still small and often it is difficult to feel the movements properly, as you said sometimes they are flutters and sometimes you feel more kicks. We would not expect to see a pattern of movements at this stage so try not to worry. You should a have a scan coming up soon too. Once you are about 24 weeks then your baby will settling into a pattern more and then it will be easier to monitor.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 6 Nov 2016 - 22:22

    Hi, I am 28 weeks pregnant with a baby boy, I began to feel my baby's movements subtly from around 15 weeks. This is my first baby. He has gradually become more and more active as he has grown and I now consider him a very strong, active baby. I really want to make sure I am monitoring his movements, but I'm worried that I'm not really sure what his pattern is and therefore wouldn't notice if his movements slowed! He just seems to move often throughout the day & night. Is there anyway I can try and pin down his particular pattern?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Nov 2016 - 10:24

    Hi Chelsea. Congratulations on your pregnancy! It sounds as if your baby is very happy and nicely active. It sounds as if your little boy is consistently active all day and night - which could be he's own version of a "normal" pattern. Therefore if he is quieter than usual for a few hours, day or night, it would be worth getting a review by a midwife at the hospital. Any change to what you consider to be his movements would be worth getting checked out. You sound as if you are always aware of him and he's movements and that is wonderful! Trust your instincts as a mum - of something doesn't feel right, get it checked out!
    Please feel free to call us on 0800 0147800 or email us on info@tommys.org to speak to a midwife.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 29 Oct 2016 - 20:23

    Hi

    I'm 50 and haven't had a period since 17/04/16. Although I haven't put any weight on I now have a very pronounced bump and can feel movements. I bought a Doppler and can hear movements and a heartbeat which is faster than mine. I have been to my doctors 5 times now and each time am told that as my test was negative I'm not pregnant and stop worrying it's just the menopause. He said the heartbeat I was listening to was mine even though it's faster?? My boobs are a size bigger and leak occasionally and very veiny, I'm constantly getting up in the night to go to the loo. I am really starting to worry as if I was pregnant I would be 28 weeks tomorrow and due to my age have had no tests??? It's very scary and I feel no one is listening to me. I've got another appointment to see my doctor on wednesday. I just hope he listens to me and doesn't think I'm some crazy woman going through the change!!!

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 31 Oct 2016 - 09:15

    Hi there. I think it would be sensible for your GP to do both a urine pregnancy test and run some bloods tests on you asap. If you are pregnant, then yes, it would mean that your maternity care would need to be rapidly started. If you are not pregnant, then you may need some hormonal and gynecology investigations to look into this more. Take care of yourself.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 27 Oct 2016 - 18:03

    Hello
    I'm 18 weeks and 4 days pregnant and haven't felt any moves from my baby. Why ? At the first scan we saw the heartbeat but how come he doesn't make moves in my tummy ? Is it ok If i still take folic acid with vitamin D ?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 28 Oct 2016 - 09:28

    Hello,
    For most women they normally start to feel their baby move between about 18-20 weeks of pregnancy however for some this can be a little later so it is fine that you have not felt any movements yet. If you have not felt your baby move by the time you are 24 week pregnant then you need to see your midwife for an antenatal check and possible referral to fetal medicine unit to make sure everything is ok. We do advised that you take vitamin D throughout your pregnancy, and folic acid is advised for at least the first three months however there is no concern if you take it for longer than this.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 27 Oct 2016 - 12:51

    Hi,
    So sorry to hear about your scan. This is a very difficult time for you. Please feel able to contact Tommy's midwives on 0800 0147 800 if we can be of help and support x

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 26 Oct 2016 - 18:36

    Hi! I am 8 week 6 days pregnant mm last scan wws on monday but my baby has no hheartbeat its really hard time for me can any one guide me what to do next

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Oct 2016 - 15:42

    Hi Rachael. It's a little difficult to understand exactly what you are asking. However, swollen feet and legs can sometimes be a mild pregnancy symptom, but other times it can be a sign of something more serious. I would suggest that if your feet and legs are so swollen that you cannot walk easily, then i would take yourself into hospital as soon as possible today to be reviewed. Take care of yourself.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 24 Oct 2016 - 15:32

    Hi .
    Am Rachael, i am eight month pregrant abd i keep noticing swollen legs and feets and this make worst that i cannot walk, so i spoke to some doctors within my environment and i was told that i should eating sault and i should stop taking cold water.
    although, i have stopped taking it but yet, i still cant walk.

    i notice would just remain on my left hand and would not allow me walk. i need help, what do you think, i should do to end this so called swollen feet and legs?

    i will wait for a reply.

    thanks

    Rachael Williams

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