I AM 38 WEEKS PREGNANT AND I HAVE NOTICED OVER THE LAST WEEK THAT THE BABY IS NOT MOVING AS MUCH. I ASSUME IT IS GETTING MUCH BIGGER AND THERE IS LESS ROOM TO MOVE AROUND IN THERE. SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?
Fetal movement is an incredibly important sign of fetal well being. Good fetal movement is an excellent sign that your baby is doing well in utero and getting sufficient oxygen and nutrients.
When you are busy and active during the day, you may not perceive fetal movement, but when you are at rest you should feel active fetal movement, and you should pay particular attention to it when you wake up in the morning and before you go to sleep at night. At those times in particular you should ask yourself if the baby is moving well and as it usually does.
Babies can have sleep cycles that can last up to 40 minutes, but if you are not sure if the movement is as good as it usually is, drink something sweet (if you do not have diabetes) and lay on your left side and pay attention to and count fetal movements. If you get active fetal movement like you usually do, you can go about your business or go to sleep. If there is a change or decrease in movement, count fetal movement and if you get less than 10 movements in an hour you should call your doctor. You will then go to the office or hospital (depending on the time of day or night) and you will get an ultrasound to look at the movement, tone, fetal breathing and amniotic fluid level and an NST (non stress test) will be done where a monitor will be placed on your belly to record the heart beat of the baby to see if the baby is doing well in utero.
Don’t assume that decrease in movement is related to the baby running out of room. Always pay attention to fetal movement and alert your doctor immediately if you have decreased fetal movement.
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