Had Flu Shot and Now Baby Isn't Moving

QUESTION

I am 22 weeks pregnant and I recently recieved a flu shot. Since then I haven't been able to feel the baby move. It's been 3 days now of not feeling the baby move. Is this normal? Is my baby ok?

ANSWER

ANY decrease in fetal movement should be reported to your provider.

It is very unlikely that the decrease has anything to do with the flu shot, and it is much more likely the result of a position change of the baby so that it is kicking you in the back (where you don't feel movement as much) instead of the front. But you should get it checked out to be sure.

Good luck!
~Cynthia

Comments

Did you get the flu vaccine

Did you get the flu vaccine that is designed for pregnant women? If you did then you should be fine. There is a special formula vaccine that is given to pregnant women compared the regular flu vaccine. I would call my OBGYN just to make sure. Have you tried drinking some OJ and laying on your back to feel kicks? I do this at night and I do kick counts and I am only 19 weeks. Hope all is ok.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.