Not Feeling Movement in Second Trimester

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hello I'm 23 weeks and I'm not feeling my baby move as much as people say I should. I was just wondering if that was normal or if there was some thing wrong? Please write back.

Answer

I would be willing to bet you my maximum, two cents, that your placenta happened to "plant" in front, which is just fine. But it means that your baby has to kick through this "pad" in order for you to feel it. When the baby gets bigger, it will kick to the sides of the placenta, and you will be able to feel it better, plus eventually it will be strong enough to kick through the placenta so you really feel it. So ask your provider where the placenta is, and if I'm wrong, let them know what's going on. If I'm right, not to worry!

--Cynthia, CNM

Comments

Baby Movements

I'm an RN and a mother of two, expecting 3 (5 mo) and I do know that most of the time it is nothing to worry about. Every woman is different in how/when she feels her baby move. Sometimes the baby has sleepy days, sometimes we are so busy you may not even notice. If you are worried you can always see your doctor - even the reassurance that everything is okay is worth a visit. To have a mom-to-be stress free as much as possible is always the ideal situation. I've even went to the ER during my 2nd pregnancy and had only wonderful, tremendous support from the maternity staff. So if you are worried - check it out. But 99% of the time everything is okay!

Fetal movements

Every baby is different. This is my 4th pregnancy, and I am feeling her move more then I did with my other 3 boys. Each boy was also different as well. I wouldn't worry too much unless you go a whole day without feeling the baby move.

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.