FETAL MOVEMENTS

You should begin to notice fetal movements between 16 – 22 weeks. If this is your first baby, you will probably notice them later than a mother who has already had babies before. Generally, they start as flutters which feel like butterflies or gas bubbles and then get stronger and more defined as the pregnancy progresses.
Movements peak at about 28 – 30 weeks of pregnancy.
Your baby’s movements typically vary from day to day. However, you should notice that there is a period of the day when your baby is particularly active. For example, in the morning, after lunch, later at night etc. This will be the case for a baby who is well, even if the way you feel the movements changes during the pregnancy. If your placenta is developing at the front of your uterus (anterior) or you are overweight, you may find it more difficult to notice your baby’s movements and therefore you will need to be more observant.
The most important thing is to note when there is a major and lasting reduction in the amount of normal movements your baby makes.
Healthy babies should complete ten movements within the two hours when they are most active and most babies will achieve this in less than 15 minutes. If 10 movements are not felt during a usually active two hour period, try to wake baby up by drinking fluids or eating, then count again.
Phone 0800 633 364 immediately if: If your baby does not kick at all during the day. If your baby’s movements decrease over the course of the day. You are worried about your baby’s wellbeing in any way.
It is important to note that all babies have frequent sleep/wake cycles and will sleep often. But very rarely does a baby kick less than 10 times during their active period, as most babies don’t sleep longer than 40 minutes at a time near the end of pregnancy.
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