By the third trimester of pregnancy, you have probably become used to – and fallen in love with – the feeling of your baby moving around inside you. Feeling your baby move inside your belly, and being able to actually see it through your skin and recognize little fingers or toes, is truly an amazing part of pregnancy.
But what happens when you are in the third trimester and it seems like your baby has stopped moving? Should you be immediately alarmed? Is it normal?
The reality is that your baby will have a pretty consistent cycle of wake and sleep. If you are up and moving around a lot, you may have lulled your baby to sleep inside you. Then suddenly, you realize that you cannot remember the last time you felt your baby move and begin to panic. Additionally, as your baby grows – there is less room for him or her to move around, which can cause a difference in the fetal movements you feel. When you do feel movement, it can be abrupt, painful and very uncomfortable for you. So a change in the types of movement late in pregnancy is normal for most women.
The best thing to do is to lie down on your left side, and drink some orange juice – or eat something sweet – and wait for 30 minutes or so. Often times, the ‘sugar rush’ and your stillness will make the baby more active. You can also try to manipulate the baby with your hands by mashing gently on your belly. Sometimes, you can push your belly in one way and force a movement or kick.
If none of these things seem to be working, then call your doctor. Chances are they will have you come in and hook you up to a baby monitor that will track the heartbeat and be able to pick up movements. Plus, if there is anything wrong – the doctors will have ultrasound equipment on hand and can take a quick peek at your baby to ascertain his or her welfare.
The best rule of thumb to follow when you are pregnant, is to follow your instincts. Worrying is just part of parenthood, and it starts even when you are pregnant. It is important that you pay attention to your body and the routine activities of your baby – so that if something goes astray, you will catch it right away. Your healthcare providers are there to HELP you, and it is better to be a little paranoid and err on the side of caution rather than wait it out.
Written By Stef, Mom of 4 @Momspirational
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