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Monitoring Baby's Movements

When should I feel my baby move?

Most women will start to feel baby moving around the 20 week mark. Some might feel movements as early as week 16, and some not until week 30!

There are many factors that influence when baby’s movements are first felt, including whether or not this is your first pregnancy and where the placenta is located. If it is your first pregnancy, you may not feel baby move until later, and likewise if the placenta is located on the front wall of the womb.


What is “normal” for baby’s movements?

It is quite difficult to determine what is a “normal” pattern for baby’s movements, as each baby is an individual (you may have noticed some adults are more active than others) and the number and type of movements can vary as the pregnancy progresses and baby becomes more co-ordinated.

There is generally a daily “cycle” or pattern that each baby will establish and you will become accustomed to.

Should I be worried if baby’s movements are reduced?

There are a number of simple reasons why baby’s movements might be felt less. These include baby sleeping, anterior placenta, excess weight gain, and mum being busy and not noticing baby move.

Some other conditions that are more concerning can also cause a reduction in baby’s movements. These include fetal growth restriction, placental dysfunction, and some medications that cross the placenta (including smoking).

It is always recommended that you seek attention if you feel baby’s movements are reduced. There are a number of checks that can be performed to make sure baby is OK, and it is far better to have things checked out and to be reassured that all is well.

The above information doesn’t take the place of a medical consultation so please seek further advice if you have further concerns.

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