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Jerky Fetal Movements
How many weeks?: A pregnant woman starts to feel fetal movements early in the second trimester. They should continue till delivery. Fetuses move often, as we see on ultrasound, and those movements can occur throughout the day and night. So if there are movements, the expectant mom can report them at the next OB visit. If there is a noticeable decline in fetal movement, she should report that to an OB immediately. ...Read more
If >15 weeks, a baby: A pregnant woman starts to feel fetal movements early in the second trimester. They should continue till delivery. Fetuses move often, as we see on ultrasound, and those movements can occur throughout the day and night. So if there are movements, the expectant mom can report them at the next OB visit. If there is a noticeable decline in fetal movement, she should report that to an OB immediately. ...Read more
Bowels move all over: Peristalsis occurs through the intestinal tract, but it can be difficult to track unless a person knows the anatomy of the colon, eg. To determine if the bowel is the source of movements in the abdomen, a visit to a primary care or obgyn doctor would be a first step. Imaging might be done. There might even be a referral to a specialist. ...Read more
I'm 28 weeks are the fetus movement gonna be felt harder then the other movements. Can the movements sometimes be slight?
Maybe: Intrauterine fetal movement varies in strength and duration. As your pregnancy increases in size, there is less room in the uterus for the fetus to "move around" and therefore the intensity of the movements may change. As long as fetal movement of any kind can be detected, then all is good as a parameter of fetal health. ...Read more
What are something's I can do if my fetus' movements have decreased significantly in the last 24 hrs?
See OB - go to ER!: Decreased maternal perception may a harbinger of bad pregnancy complications, so do not waste any time before you see your obstetrician or go to the emergency room asap. ...Read more
10 kicks/hour: 10 kicks/hour is a universal count, but its dependent on what is your normal and more importantly how far along you are. If you are 25 weeks, you may not have predictable fetal movement the way you may when you are 35 weeks. Check with your doctor. ...Read more
Fetal movements: Absolutely you should be concerned if the fetal movement decreases or there is no movement at all. Moms usually start to feel fetal movement at about 20-22 weeks. There are different ways to monitor fetal movement- some use the criteria of 10 movements in 2 hrs, others may use 4 movements in 1 hr. If you feel that your baby is moving less or not moving at all, contact your health care provider. ...Read more
Is it normal for fetal movement to be more mellow after days of extreme fetal movement? I'm 27 week and 4 days.
Yes and no: Your fetus's activity pattern will vary hour to hour and day to day - much like anyone's activity. Of course, the absence of fetal movement is very worrisome. A decrease in usual fetal activity day after day can indicate that your baby is having some significant problems. This should be evaluated by your caregiver immediately. In general, if your baby moves more than ten times/hr it is doing well. ...Read more
How can you tell if the fetus is tingled up in the umbilical cord? My baby is doing way less movement than usual, and he's only on one side.
Common issue: Babies that are tangled in their cord will generally start to show evidence of distress after labor starts if the tangling begins to decrease blood flow through the cord. It is unusual for that tangling to produce any changes during the stable pre-labor period.Diminished movement late in pregnancy can reflect lack of room as kicks turn more into shuffles. ...Read more
At > 5 months: they can be felt anywhere over the baby bump over a very wide area. BUT they aren't felt until the second trimester and especially with a new mom, she might not notice them til the start of the third. ...Read more
Fetal movement: Most women can feel at least five movements an hour but some feel more and some feel less. ...Read more
Did u ask your OB?: Some women can feel movement at 19 wk 5 d and some can and if u do u may not feel it everyday until u are 22-24 weeks. ...Read more
Yes.: At the beginning of quickening sensations (~ 20 weeks), sporadic fetal movements are normal and nothing to worry about. ...Read more
Depends on GA:
When you have in decreased fetal movement, the doctor will have to assess why and depending on the finding may deliver the baby or may set up "testing" weekly or twice weekly.
If you have more questions, schedule an appointment with me at www.healthtap.com/expert/26018697 ...Read more
Is fetal movement of baby with any 'problem/defect' like down syndrome, the same as a normal growing fetus?
Depends on the : Degree of low muscle tone ( hypotonia) that is present in a fetus with Down syndrome ; the size (smallness for gestational age) of the fetus. Some mothers of infants with ds say they felt less fetal movement than from their non-ds fetuses; others say their fetus with ds was a good " kicker." there is a range of hypotonia in infants with ds, just as there is a range of cognitive ability. ...Read more
How much fetal movement should I experience at 23 weeks? Sometimes fetus is very active, other times not, it keeps changing day to day.
Baby sleeps : The baby sleeps most of the time it s inactive. This is normal. ...Read more
Call your doc: If you are feeling decreased movement, you should speak to your doctor today, even if you have an appointment tomorrow. They can go over kick counts with you to help you differentiate normal variation versus a worrisome decrease. ...Read more
Fetal movement: Increased fetal movement is a sign of a healthy baby doing his or her daily exercise. Healthy, neurologically normal fetuses move. ...Read more
Probably normal: When your baby moves more, it normally is an indication your baby is doing well. If everything else is going well, consider it a welcome sign that your baby is growing well. ...Read more
Movement fine: It may be an increase in movement, or it may be the baby is getting big to that point where you can really feel every litle thing he/she does. The baby may also be getting into that final position for birth. Too little movement is concerning, but "too much" not a problem. ...Read more