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Fetal Activity: Normal Fetal Movement and Growth

Create: 12/14/2016 - 10:41

Lissa Daimaru-Enoki, MD OB/GYN: Prior to 28 weeks, baby's movement may not be very predictable, sometimes babies are really active, sometimes they're resting.
 
Eric Warshaw, MD OB/GYN: As your pregnancy progresses, particularly in the third trimester, you're going to want to keep a close eye on fetal movements.
 
Fonda Mitchell, MD OB/GYN: So this is when the fetal movement becomes a little bit more prominent. You're going to start to feel full body turns as your baby's doing somersaults, a little kick, a little punch, those kind of sensations are going to be more frequent.
 
Julia Barnes, MD OB/GYN: And we sometimes suggest that you do what we call fetal kick counts. Which is actually where you're focusing on your baby's movements, and getting used to what's normal for you and normal for your baby.
 
Esther, 20 Weeks Pregnant: After the baby started kicking, when I didn't feel the baby kick, it would make me a little bit nervous, but I think I, yeah, I found a lot of reassurance from feeling the baby kick.
 
Alexa, 29 Weeks Pregnant: I do feel worrisome sometimes when the baby is not moving. There are moments when all of a sudden I'll feel a lot, and then you know, an hour or two goes by and I don't feel anything that's like, is everything okay?
 
Kevin Oberbeck, MD OB/GYN: You often are distracted during the day, and you may not feel the baby move as often, and if you're worried about that, lay down in a dark, quiet area, and count.
 
Eric Warshaw, MD OB/GYN: In a two-hour period you should feel the baby move ten times, if you haven't it's important to contact your doctor, and it's very important that you don't say oh, I have an appointment the next day, I'll just follow up then. Any change in the fetal movement, particularly decreased fetal movement, is important to let your provider know.