Get to know your baby’s movements
Being aware of how your baby moves in your tummy gives you peace of mind that everything is fine. Your baby should move all the time right up until delivery.
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Reviewed by Ingela Ågren
It is important to pay attention to the pattern of movements, as the baby should be moving during the entire pregnancy. You may have heard that the unborn baby rests and moves less toward the end of pregnancy and that the baby retains energy by moving less, but this is not true. In late pregnancy, the movements feel different as the baby has less room to move. The baby won’t be able to kick, and his/her movements are slower, but the baby should continue to be active.
Less frequent and weaker movements during the weeks just before delivery may be an indication that the placenta is not working properly, and such suspicions must be taken seriously. If the placenta does not work properly, the baby will not get the nutrition he/she needs, and he/she will weaken and move less. Lack of movement in a baby may be a sign that he/she is unwell. This could mean that the baby has to come out urgently, most likely via cesarean section, to save his/her life. Every year more than 100,000 babies are born in Sweden and 450 fetuses die at the end of pregnancy. Many of these could potentially have been saved if the pregnant women were better informed about the movements of their unborn babies, especially during the weeks just before delivery. Talk to your care provider about a baby’s movements and make sure you are aware of how your baby moves.
Spend a moment every day focusing on the baby’s movements when your baby is awake. Lay on your side to feel the movements better. You should contact the maternity ward if the pattern of movements changes and becomes slower. If you are concerned, don’t leave it until the next day – and under no circumstances until your next booked appointment. If you have the slightest suspicion that something is wrong, you must contact your maternity ward and request an immediate examination. Trust your instincts about the health of your baby.
Reviewed by Ingela Ågren
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