Is it OK if My Baby Doesn’t Move?

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foetal movementYour to-be baby has the makings of a karate kid, or so you thought. But there are times when there is a complete lull as if Zen energies have set in your bump. In times such as these should you settle for peace or panic mode? We spoke to a few obstetricians to find out when it is ok for your baby to stay put and when do you have to dial the doctor’s number.

Foetal movement movements can be as slight as a hiccup, head turning, plummeting kicks and somersaults. Mumbai-based obstetrician Dr Hemant Brahme says, “Some mothers start feeling foetal movements as early as three-and-a-half months while others might sense them anytime between four to five months. If a mom has already had children, it might cause the movements to start before four months.” Also, every mom-to-be is different, do don’t obsess over comparing notes with your pregnant friends.

Moves like Jagger!

“Movements from 18 to 28 weeks are called quickening.  Post that you will feel a wonderful little dance in your bump with turns, wiggles, kicks, hand motions, hiccups and more. Between 28 to 36 weeks, movements are most vigorous,” adds Mumbai-based obstetrician Dr. Kiran Coelho.

She also advises to keep a check because after 28 weeks there should be at least 10 movements a day.

When does foetal movement reduce?

Dr rahme explains that if you have been fasting or taking certain drugs, foetal movements will decrease. A drop in mommy’s sugar levels causes the baby to move less. Similarly, if mommy-to-be is exhausted she might feel less movement.

A baby also has sleep-and-wake-up cycles. So while you go about your daily business, the baby falls asleep as she is rocked into a peaceful slumber by your movements.  So, you might feel her move  at night when you are asleep.

Dr Coelho shares that if you feel less movement after week 36, don’t fret about it because by this time your baby has grown. There is less space in your tummy and your little on positions itself to meet the world.

When to reach for your doc?

 Dr Coelho advises, “If there has been no movement for more than 24 hours after the 28th week, inform your doctor immediately. After 36 weeks, doctors will ask you to do a test called Foetal Kick Count. Basically the mother is asked to start counting the movement starting 9 am in the morning and keep a tab of the kicks. There should be atleast 10 indications of movements and kicks.”

Dr Brahme believes that in a day if you feel less than 10 to 12 occurrences of movement, you need to inform the doc. “If your baby hasn’t moved for sometime, you can also indulge in something sweet like a gulab jamun to ensure that glucose level in your blood rises, giving energy to your baby which will consequently lead to movement.” (idiva)

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