Most women feel start to feel their baby move by about 20 weeks and by 28 weeks, these movements occur regularly. These are called fetal movements and can be reassuring for a mother as it indicates that her baby is happy and healthy. Everyone will experience movement differently during a pregnancy, so rather than counting the number of movements, it is important to be aware of your own baby’s individual movement patterns.
A change in your baby’s movements can be a sign that your baby is unwell which is why it is important to seek help if the problem persists. In most instances, your baby will be fine but by attending for a review we can check that everything is ok by monitoring the baby’s heart rate pattern and doing an ultrasound scan.
A common myth about fetal movements is that they decrease towards the end of the pregnancy. This is NOT true and you should continue to feel your baby moving right up until and during labour. Any change in your baby’s movements always warrants a review by your treating practitioner, so we can provide reassurance, or if required intervene appropriately. Trust your instincts.
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