Lack of movement..

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ILoveMyMiniMe's picture
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Lack of movement..

So when do we start monitoring how much we feel baby? I have been feeling the little man regularly for weeks now.. but today, nothing. At what point should I worry? :confused:

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Adriana,

I would call your ob/gyn. Have you tried chocolate or OJ? Or anything that usually gets him moving. If it's been hours the ob/gyn will prob tell you to go to the hospital to do a ultrasound just to be on the safe side. I had the same thing with *M* and i did my normal things to try to get him to move and he didn't until i had already called the Dr's and was half way to the hospital.

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Sometimes they just turn in such a way that you can't feel them move so much...

Alissa_Sal's picture
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Eat something sugary and lay on your left side and see if you can feel anything.

I think that even when the babies are bigger, there are still times when you can't feel them because of their position or what they are kicking. I remember when I was about 7 mos pregnant with my son I fell down three stairs, and then the next day I didn't feel him all day long. I was scared to death even though I only landed and slid down the stairs on my rear. I went in to my OB for a NST, and they told me that he was actually being really active and kept asking "You can't feel any of that???" but I seriously couldn't. I think it was just his position. I think about that when I haven't felt this guy move for a couple of hours.

Also, they sleep. A lot.

Having said all of that, if you try the sugar/laying down thing tonight and tomorrow morning and you still don't feel him by tomorrow, I would call your OB to see if they want you to come in. At the very least, it will put your mind at ease.

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Yeah, eat something sugary! Sometimes I feel baby more than other days. I don't think it's something you should worry about as much yet.. I know closer to the end of the second and in the third it should be something we monitor more! Remember they are about 10 inches or so now so they're still small and we may just not feel them all the time!

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I forgot to check back in last night after I wrote this and did some internet searching.. My day yesterday was about like this..

630 - Wake up to help DH get his lunch packed
800 - Back to sleep for a bit..
1000 - Woke up and had 2 bowls of applejacks
1100 - Back to sleep
1215 - Wake up
1230 - 400 Laundry - dishes - general house cleaning - took the dog out
400 - grocery store
500 - home to put groceries away, played on PC
630 - left for birthday dinner
900ish - home from bday dinner

By 9pm, it was bothering me that I had not felt him all day, regardless that I had a VERY easy day.. DH thought maybe it was because I didn't feed him all day :roll: But stranger things have happened..

I layed on my back for a bit then posted here.. did some research on the net and read that kick counts don't generally start until 28 weeks.. flipped to my left side and poked and prodded. Nothing.. I did notice some twinges alongside my breathing pattern! Lol But didn't feel him move. I didn't read about the OJ or sugery stuff but do remember eating about 10 ( :oops: ) no-bake cookies as we were waiting at the restaurant for my family to arrive.. that was about 645-720p.

I drank some coffee this morning that had a bunch of sugar in it so I'll see if that works. If not, I'll call the dr just to get an opinion. Smile

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

Eat something sugary and lay on your left side and see if you can feel anything.

I think that even when the babies are bigger, there are still times when you can't feel them because of their position or what they are kicking. I remember when I was about 7 mos pregnant with my son I fell down three stairs, and then the next day I didn't feel him all day long. I was scared to death even though I only landed and slid down the stairs on my rear. I went in to my OB for a NST, and they told me that he was actually being really active and kept asking "You can't feel any of that???" but I seriously couldn't. I think it was just his position. I think about that when I haven't felt this guy move for a couple of hours.

Also, they sleep. A lot.

Having said all of that, if you try the sugar/laying down thing tonight and tomorrow morning and you still don't feel him by tomorrow, I would call your OB to see if they want you to come in. At the very least, it will put your mind at ease.

This is what I'm afraid is happening.. I'm just not feeling him because of his position.. and I'll feel like a total dunce if I have to go in and he's going crazy and I just don't feel it. :oops:

I'll wait it out for a few. Smile You guys are probably 99% right in that he's just hiding and kicking stuff I don't feel. lol..

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Never worry about how you will look if you go in and everything is fine - if it is enough to concern you - get it checked out!

Do you have a doppler? I alwasy found that using my doppler, even if I couldn't find the heartbeat, would get baby moving - and was reassuring for me

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I agree with Audgee. Kick counts don't start until 28 weeks, and even then I have heard that not all doctors even have you do them because there isn't really any data that suggests that more or less kicks actually correlates with a healthy normal baby. BUT if you are concerned, you shouldn't worry about them thinking that you are dumb or over reacting. I practically lived at my OB office for the first 10 weeks, and they always told me that if I'm ever concerned to not hesitate to call because they would rather check it out and put my mind at ease when it's nothing than have me ignore something important. I bet your OB feels the same way. So, if you're really worried, call.

I also agree with the doppler thing - there are times when I use my doppler when I can actually hear him moving (sounds exactly like you would expect, like someone coming up and bumping the doppler) even when I can't actually feel him. So if you have one, break it out. I'm sure hearing the hb and/or movement noises would help put your mind at ease.

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Quick update.. had some bfast here at work around 945.. nothing.. Had lunch a little early at 1145 and as it's now 12:59, mark my words that SOMEONE is making up for the lack of dancing the past 24-36ish hours. Lol

I never did call the Dr.. something inside (no pun intended? Lol ) just told me to wait it out.. and I'm glad I did. There MUST be disco lessons happening right about now lol.. Great feeling, indeed!

Thanks ladies! Biggrin

ETA - No doppler here.. never have had one. lol.. Had I still not felt ANYTHING by this afternoon, I would have called the Dr. At worst, my mom works in a hospital and I could have had someone sneak me up to LDR for a quick US. Smile But all is well!!

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Drinking a glass of ice cold water (or sugary drink) gets them dancing too. Glad to hear that LO is back to bouncing around in there.

Alissa_Sal's picture
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Glad to hear that baby decided to "show" himself. Smile

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I'm only feeling tickles here and then, but I agree about the doppler. Sometimes when I find him/her it's only for a millisecond and then he/she scurries away...without me feeling it. At the midwife today it was the same thing when she tried to find baby...and I really felt nothing. That said, mine is MUCH smaller than yours right now. Smile

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Glad to hear all is well! Smile

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