Fetal Movement

Fetal movement is defined as the movement of the fetus caused by its own muscle activity. The movement starts during the late embryological stage, and changes throughout the development stages.

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Is it normal to not feel much movement at 41 wks pregnant?

By 41 weeks you are full term, your baby's movements may feel like minor fidgeting compared to the summersaults he used to turn, because of the confined space. Even though your baby no longer has enough room to be doing flips you should still feel regular movement of body parts like a foot across your belly or elbow to your ribs.

Babies have regular sleep patterns long before they born, you may have noticed that there there are several times throughout the day when the baby doesn't move as much and other times when he feels like he is dancing and having a party in there!

If you believe a couple hours have gone by and you haven't felt any movement try drinking a large glass of juice, then sit back or lay down and "count kicks" - these ''movements'' includes actual kicks, jabs, rolls, twists, and turns. Usually healthy babies will complete ten movements within two hours and most babies achieve this in less than 15 minutes.

If you don't feel any movement I would suggest calling your doctor/midwife and following their instructions. They may advise you to repeat the kick count or to go for a non-stress test where they monitor the baby's heart rate for 20 minutes to an hour. They may also point out to you that it's not uncommon for a baby to move less in the day or two prior to labor starting.

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Can you feel fluttering in a 3 week pregnancy?

It is possible for one to feel movement very early on in a pregnancy. I am currently pregnant with my third child and am 9 weeks and have felt a fluttering sensation. I will say that having a previous pregnancy you will be more sensitive very early on. It depends on your body and experience.

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When are you supposed to feel the baby move?

I have just had the great news that me and my husband are expecting our first baby. This is thrilling news but now I am trying to gather as much information as I can. I'm currently at week 6 and am already feeling "hormonal" and can sense changes in my body, but I want to know what to expect in the future. What would be perfect for me would be a week by week guide to pregnancy which highlights all of the key milestones at that stage. I know I am asking a lot but does anybody have the titles of books on the subject or maybe web articles on the topic. Thanks for all those that help with this request, your support is appreciated.

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Is fetal movement in the second trimester irregular?

Second Trimester Fetal MovementSome woman feel their baby move in the first trimester. It is usually a fluttering feeling in their stomach. You will not feel the baby move everyday. It depends on how active you are and how comfortable the baby is. Here is a tip if you are concerned. During my pregnancy, when I would have periods of non-movement with my baby, my OBGYN informed me to lie in a tub full for warm water. The warm water will help your blood circulate more through your body, which in turn will wake the baby up and cause him/her to start moving around.

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  • If you want to know for sure if it's the baby moving, like the last person said you should take a warm bath (NOT hot) and also, try a juice box that has a little sugar. This tends to make babies more active, and may help you to feel the movement. And no, it's not irregular - many moms have been known to feel movement between 17-18 weeks. Also, if you're not a first time mom, you may be more tuned in and you may feel your baby move earlier.

first time Mums often don't feel the baby move until around 20 weeks, second time around you are more 'tuned in' and feel it earlier. However the baby has plenty of room to move and as you can only feel it if it touches the front of the uterus (just under the skin where the nerve endings are) you will not feel much especially if the placenta is at the front as well.

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Is it normal to not feel the baby move after the fifth month?

The moving of your baby is usually very reassuring. It isn't unusual for a baby to have quiet times when there is not a lot of activity. It may help to lay on your side to notice if the baby is moving or if it is still. If you feel the baby is not as active as what seems normal, discuss it with your doctor. You can always visit your doctor to hear the baby's heartbeat, but in most instances, there is nothing to worry about. Good Luck, Stacey I am in my 5th month of pregnancy also,And it helps to lay on my back,or to lay on my side and just leave my hand on my stomach to catch its quick moves. While it may be normal in some cases I would just like to add that I was pregnant at four months my doc told me the baby was under weight and would be ok. At five months I hardley ever felt him move. At six month I had lost all my fluid and had him he only weighed one pound and almost did not make it he is healthy now. Just be very careful and make sure if you think something is not right go strait to your doctor.

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When does a larger woman feel the baby move?

When I was pregnant with my first (I have 4) it seemed like it took forever to feel the baby move. I don't think it had anything to do with my size. You probably just don't recognize the movement for what it is. I am very large, and the second time around I think I was about three months when I felt the baby move. I am thinking it was around the 4th-5th month with my first. I am a large woman and i think that sometimes during the first one you think that you feel something. sometimes you feel fluttering and its just small movements. you can really start to feel some real kicks around the fourth month. as you go along they get stronger. I've had 3 and i started to feel kicks about the end of the fourth. but everyone is different. Most women, large or small, feel a first baby move around 20 weeks. I remember vividly when I felt mine as we were visiting family and when I screamed they thought I had hurt myself. Second and subsequent babies are usually felt about 15-16 weeks. One of the reasons I thought I was having twins was because I felt movement at 13 weeks. A partner or friend may not feel the baby move because of intervening fat but as the woman feels it from the inside her size makes no difference

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Baby not moving a lot at 39 weeks is this normal?

That would depend on what you mean by "a lot." Considering the fact that the baby has almost no room to move at 39 weeks, decreased movement is normal. Complete lack of movement is not. If you are concerned, go to your doctor and have him/her listen for the heartbeat.

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Is it possible 2 feel your baby move a one month?

No; one month is 4 weeks, it's an embryo & only a few centimeters long. Most people do not feel their baby move until 18-22 weeks pregnant.

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What if fetus heartbeat is 140 is it a boy or girl?

Fetus sex can be determined by ultrasound only after the genitals have somewhat formed. It is not possible to determine the fetus's sex judging by HR. Although women have a higher HR than men, extrapolation to fetus is not possible keeping in mind things go a lot different when you breathe amniotic fluid instead of air.

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When pregnant at what point do you get the fluttering feeling in your stomach?

It depends on every pregnancy. For first time mothers 16 weeks and beyond. For second time or more is believed to be felt as early as 11-12 weeks.

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How often should a patient be repositioned if he or she cannot move himself?

It should be done every two to three hours, just as often as you provide care for incontinence. It is VERY important to reposition as this can prevent ulcers /bed sores. There are different ways to reposition you should check google for ways that suit your personal preference and that are appropriate for the patient. I suggest using plenty of pillows or wedges. Hope this helps.

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Why is it that when the baby kicks it feels like an electrical shock?

The baby is probably pressing up against some nerves when it kicks.

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When does the baby start kicking?

You may start to feel the baby kick around the 16 week, or it may be later so don't worry if you don't. at first all you will feel is a fluttering in the bottom of your stomach that will soon be more harsh. you may feel the baby move more when lying down and relaxing. Around four or four and a half months. It will feel like a little tapping as though someone is flicking you with their thumb.

Then over a couple of weeks it will turn into kicking. Every pregnancy is different, however most will feel 'quickening' somewhere between 18-24 weeks. An old belief about pregnancy: When the mother can feel the child kicking inside is when the child became a 'person'.

The first sensations of the baby moving can feel like bubbles moving around inside. I'll never forget the first time I felt my oldest child move. By the end of the pregnancy the baby will slow down in movement...not a lot space left to move freely. Whats really funny is when the baby turns...you can actually watch your stomach change shape! I had fetal movement early, I'm 18 weeks pregnant I don't really notice it until I'm still or quiet.

Most first-time Mums feel movement at around 20 weeks, maybe a bit earlier if they are very slim.

Second time around you may feel movements about 16 weeks, because you know the feeling.

Feeling fetal movement can be felt very early, but this mainly occurs in woman that are in their 2nd pregnancy or more. This happens because a woman who is not in her 1st pregnancy will know what it's ment to feel like so will notice it more. I personaly felt my 1st movement at around 10-11 wks, but that were my 3rd pregnancy, so I knew what I were experiencing. Dont compare one pregnancy to another as each one is different, an as you have more children you will know what to expect. No two pregnancies are ever the same though

Between 16 to 22 weeks but can be as early as 12 weeks or as late as 26 weeks my dr told me with my first child.

In first pregnancy, maybe around 17-18 weeks or later, in later pregnancies around 15 weeks or later.

You start feeling the baby move before you feel him or her kick. At around 16-20 weeks, people generally feel their baby move, although it depends on things such as how fat or thin someone is and whether or not it is their first pregnancy.People have described the first movement they felt as popping or fluttering. Some say it is a bit like gas.

It's normally around 16-20 weeks for most people. It depends how thin you are and whether it's your first pregnancy as well.

You might notice a flutter of movement at four months but it really starts moving a lot at five months.

I was 5 weeks pregnant and felt movement had just had a period the week before, and felt like hmm maybe, soo I went in and sure enough I was a little over a month pregnant. I am now feeling the same feeling and could not be more than a month, and this will be my third pregnancy, and I feel as if this little ball in me has something turning cartwheels in it, it is awesome.

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Is it possible to feel kicking or movement in your abdomen after having 3 negative pregnancy tests?

Anything is possible. A baby kicking/moving feels an awful lot like gas (really) so if you suspect your pregnant but the tests are coming back negative, I would recommend that you see a doctor or midwife for a blood test and possibly for an ultrasound. Stranger things have happened so while it's unlikely, sure, it could happen. You will not feel any kicking or movement until you are about 5 or six months pregnant. If you are getting negative pregnancy tests but think you are definitely pregnant, or it's been five or six months since your last period, go to the doctor. If your not producing enough hcg to detect in an hpt, there could be a problem. Check it out just to be safe.

The earliest I have ever felt movement (after three pregnancies) has been when I was three months along, usually for the first time moms it is much later.. the baby in the beginning stages is just to small to feel it movements, so unless you are three months late for your period accept that what you're feeling is not a baby moving and it is more than likely gas.

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i have had similar problems with movement in my tummy however i have got abdo swelling and even look about 5 month pregnant, i have carried out a number of pregnancy tests which come back negative however i look and feel pregnant, I am a little bit worried that I could be pregnant, even if the over the counter pregnancy test shows that I'm not. I am in my 40ies and have had irregular periods for the past year or so. Haven't had my period for close to 4 months now and haven't thought much about it, until I started to feel "movement" in my lower stomach area a few days ago. Not just once but regularly. Little "butterfly" movements as if it were the first movements of a baby. I have given birth to 2 children, (youngest is 22) so I recognize the feeling. First I thought it just might be air bubbles but it doesn't really feel like it. Counting back to when I was sexually active last time, it would mean that I would be about 16 weeks pregnant, (haven't had my period after that "encounter") that is if I am pregnant... Is it possible that I could be pregnant even if the urine test I took yesterday came up negative? Can't say that I've planned to "start over" again or that I'm bouncing up and down with joy over the thought of being pregnant again but if I am... I'll get used to the idea... *smile* Yes it's Possible Although your urine tests are coming back negative it is very possible that you are pregnant at home tests are more likely to give false negatives than positives if you haven't had your period that long I suggest getting to your doctor ASAP so that he or she can do a blood test and or ultrasound to see what's really going on...hope everything works out for you.

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Do babies move less closer to birth?

Yes, because space is restricted because they have become so big

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Can babies kick when you're 16 weeks pregnant?

Yes they can. In first pregnancy you probably won´t feel kicking that early, but in later pregnancies you can very well feel moving at 16 weeks.

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Is excessive fetal movement dangerous for a pregnant woman?

Maybe you should go see a doctor in person about it.

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Haven't felt the baby move in 2 days is that normal?

This depends on how far along you are. If you are worried, contact your doctor. Try laying down on your left side. Babies are most active when you are not.

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Does your baby move a lot while your in labor?

No your baby is pretty still while you are in labor. I had my son at 37 and 1/2 weeks and he didn't move at all while I was in labor but every women and pregnancy is different so don't be alarmed if he does. it could be normal but then again there may be some fetal distress and they may take the baby by c-section but that's what the monitors are for they will catch anything out of the norm and help you fix the problem quickly and easily. So all you have to do is worry about the pushing process to bring your beautiful baby into this world

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Is there anyway that you can make your baby move more without hurting her?

Some babies are more active than others. If your baby is moving within the "standard", then I wouldn't worry or try to make her move any more. Sometimes you won't feel her moving when you are busy doing things even if she is, so if you want to feel her move for your peace of mind, then eat a light snack such as a piece of fruit or milk, then lay on your left side and rest until you feel her moving. If you do this within several hours and still don't feel her move, contact your doctor. He/She may want to perform a non-stress test to put your mind at ease. Take care. You can gently press on your tummy in different spots to make the baby move. It isn't something that needs to be done, but it won't hurt the baby. If it hurts you, then it's too hard. And sometimes just relaxing with your feet up will make the baby move around. if you put headphones on your belly with some classical music, (which helps with brain development) or any other kind of music, it helps...

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Can the baby feel you touching your stomach while pregnant?

Your baby can indeed feel and react to you touching your belly. The sense of touch begins to develop in babies during the first trimester; however, since the fetus is so small at this point, he or she may not be in contact with the side of your womb enough to register the pressure of your hand. As the baby grows and takes up more space, therefore having greater contact with the sides of the womb, he or she will be able to feel your touch much more consistently.

If you tap your belly when your baby is active in the womb, you'll often get a response from the baby to the touch. You can try responding in kind to the baby - when he or she kicks, tap in the same place - or initiating your own pattern of tapping in different places on your belly.

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Can baby feel your emotions?

Sound is universal.Humans share sound waves.Sound explained in four ways by Indian scientists.Para (pure) pasyanthi (attached with air) madhyama (In the vocal chords) Viechari (word spoken and written).Pasyanthi may be shared as an emotion with baby.

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6 months pregnant your baby is moving?

Yes you are now well and truly pregnant you will have to wait for another three months for your big day.

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Are you able to feel the baby kicking your cervix?

Yes, it is possible to feel the baby kicking or hitting your cervix. This is more likely as the pregnancy progresses, since the baby is bigger and stronger later in the pregnancy. You will almost certainly feel the baby making contact with the cervix once the baby has started to engage (starts to enter the pelvis in preparation for birth); when a baby is fully engaged, his or her head will press directly on the cervix.

Some mothers will find the baby making contact with the cervix more uncomfortable than others, and for a few it may be somewhat painful. For most women, the sensation is simply unusual.

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How often should the baby move?

As long as you can feel the baby move every day you should be fine. Some days they are more active than others.

Once your baby begins its first movements, you should feel it move everyday. After the 5th month, if you have begun feeling movemements and the baby does not move for more that a 34 hour period, you cshould contact your doctor immediately. However some days, the movement might be minimal while other days you feel like the baby is dancing around inside of you. Just be aware of the movements and you should be fine.

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