Your Baby’s Movements in the Womb

Your Baby’s Movements in the Womb

Recently, I have been watching EastEnders as they are currently running a storyline about stillbirth. It’s a subject close to me as, sadly, a few friends of mine have gone through the same… it is so hard to see your loved ones hurt so much.

Through the show, I found out more about Count The Kicks, a charity and campaign to help raise awareness about babies’ movements during pregnancy and how these can be an early warning sign that something isn’t right. It is common for people to think that, as pregnancy progresses, the baby’s movements decrease due to the reduced amount of space in the womb. However, this notion is incorrect and if you do happen to question how normal the changes to your baby’s movements are refer to Count The Kicks and make sure to get checked out.

But why are your baby’s movements so important?

2 out of 3 women who suffered a stillbirth said they had noticed a significant difference in their baby’s movements leading up to birth (Count The Kicks). The same was portrayed in EastEnders where the storyline features a character named Shabnam Masood and fiancée Kush who were devastated after learning that their unborn baby had passed away. Leading up to the scene we saw Shabnam realizing her baby had been moving less but instead of getting checked out, she trusted everything was okay.

How often should my baby be moving?

There is no set number of movements your baby should be doing daily; no baby and no pregnancy are the same. You will, however, as gestation progresses, become acquainted with your baby’s pattern of movements so if you do notice any changes you should consult your doctor.

Still, don’t panic. A decreased number of movements doesn’t always mean something is wrong. When I was pregnant with Lily I had one day where she felt a lot less active than usual. Just to be on the safe side, I went to get checked out and turns out she had just moved into an odd position in which actions weren’t as direct as they used to.




Will the hospital get annoyed?

NO! Many people think they are making a fuss over nothing; even dads think this sometimes! But as my midwife once said, it is best for you to get checked out often and have no problem whatsoever, than sit at home clueless to any complications your pregnancy may be going through. Midwife-led units are on call 24/7 so, regardless the time or day, you can always get through to someone.

If you happen not to know where your local centre is, look in your maternity notes (the folder you are told to keep with you); there will be a page in there somewhere with a list of the numbers for your specific area.

Any case of reduced movement needs to be checked out as soon as possible. The sooner you do so, the greater the chances of your baby surviving if something does in fact happen to be wrong. If you have any concerns, check out Count The Kicks and don’t hesitate to contact your local hospital or midwife immediately; never feel embarrassed to ask if unsure.

Creator and writer for the Young Mummy Survival Guide, a blog aimed at helping younger mothers from the view of a younger mother. Currently studying PR, media and marketing in Canterbury, Kent.

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