Lack of Movement

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_Jessicah_'s picture
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Lack of Movement

I am posting this in hopes that Ryan will make a liar out of me because that's how it seems to work. My little guy is usually super active and makes his presence in the womb known. However, today I've barely felt him at all. Usually if I rub my stomach it'll send him into moving like crazy. I've had to really stimulate him to get much movement out of him at all and even then it's like one little poke and that's it. My paranoia is starting to kick in and it's making me really nervous. I work until 3pm so I am wondering if maybe I should call the doctor and let him know I'm feeling a lack of movement but I am still feeling him move somewhat just not at his normal rate.

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I would get checked if it will make you feel better, but I have noticed that Boots has started having more periods of calm. They are getting into their newborn schedule & I think the downtime is when they are asleep.

When Boots is moving she is MOVIN, but when she's asleep she's like a rock.

I hope that makes you feel somewhat better. Definitely call your ob for reassurance.

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"lesleynka" wrote:

I would get checked if it will make you feel better, but I have noticed that Boots has started having more periods of calm. They are getting into their newborn schedule & I think the downtime is when they are asleep.

When Boots is moving she is MOVIN, but when she's asleep she's like a rock.

I hope that makes you feel somewhat better. Definitely call your ob for reassurance.

Same here. There are times I think I haven't felt her in a while and its really hard to get her to move. But when she is awake you know it, everyone knows it - she is all over the place and my belly constantly moves.

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I second Lesley's comment.

My little one has more periods of calm too. I did bring it up at my last appointment and my midwife said some of it is her running out of room and being in better control of her movements so they aren't as sudden and as easy to feel when I am distracted but to call if I'm concerned because it is really easy for them to do a quick NST to check on the baby.

Let us know what happens.

_Jessicah_'s picture
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Thanks for the reassurance. He is moving more. I think all the rubbing and poking of my stomach finally agitated him enough that he was going to let me know to leave him alone because he started kicking and twisting around to get comfortable. Now maybe I should worry about this being one last growth spurt before he decides to come out. I have been extremely itchy on my belly lately and that usually only happens when my skin is stretching because the baby is growing and he also moves less during this time. Oy I can't imagine him getting any bigger than he already is!!

PAmom2boys's picture
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Orange juice always worked for me to get baby moving.

_Jessicah_'s picture
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For those Mommy's who have given birth did you notice a decrease in movement before you went into labor? My contractions have started to pick up and I've been cramping more today than usual. Wonder if this little guy is working some magic and I am starting to dilate or something?

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I agree with Lesley too! When Elaina is asleep she is ASLEEP, haha. I have to poke around or better yet, get someone to talk to my belly and she will get going. But I have found her movements have slowed and aren't as dramatic. That's what got me an NST on Monday, and eve though I felt like I'm not feeling as much, they told me she was exceptionally active. If you're at all still worried, definitely call! It's worth it for the peace of mind Smile

I've also found if I'm having a really crampy day with lots of strong BH, I will go a long time without feeling her. Poor thing is getting squeezed too much Sad

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I was thinking about posting about this because I was worried about the same thing. I still feel here moving, but she seems to have slowed down a lot and on days when my BH are especially active (seems like every day lately) I hardly feel her at all.

I asked the midwife today and the said, "you can't breakdance in a closet." In other words, she's running out of room, so while her movements are still there, they are less jolting. She told me if I got really worried, to eat something cold or sweet and lie down. She said 3 movements in an hour is enough.

Glad to hear he's moving a little more now.

_Jessicah_'s picture
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Thank you all for your responses. Ryan had a sleepy day but has been active this evening. I had a solid hour of contractions that lasted a minute and were 10 minutes apart and actually required me breathing through them. After that they stopped and I've just had random BH. I guess my body is just doing what it has to do to prepare to get this little guy out! And Carrie I love the breakdancing in the closet analogy. It's so true. My poor guy has no room at all.

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As far as change in movement before labor. Not for me. He's was squirming all over even in labor.