What should you do if your baby's movements have slowed down?

Your baby has been increasingly frisky as bones have hardened, muscles have developed and nervous system has become fine tuned. Pretty soon, your baby will settle, probably head-down, and begin the long wait.

Because space in the uterus is running out, your baby becomes less active at this point in the pregnancy. While foetal movements slow down, they're still going on. Take a little time each day to relax and take a simple kick count. Find some time to rest on your side during a period of the day when baby is usually fairly active, and count the movements. Your baby should move no fewer than 10 times in 2 hours.

If you’re unsure about whether or not your baby's movements have slowed down, try drinking a glass of ice-cold water and then lying on your left side. Focus on your baby’s activity for a couple of hours. If you’re still convinced that your baby is moving less than usual, contact your doctor immediately. A change in pattern of movements could be an early sign that your baby is in distress.

Another thing you will notice is that your baby’s movements feel different in late pregnancy as your baby has less room to move, won't be able to flip and roll so easily and kicks may feel different as your baby won’t be able to stretch out little legs as much. Your baby movements will feel stronger and may be more uncomfortable. Just tell yourself it’s only a few weeks more!



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