#KickMeBabyOneMoreTime: Why pregnancy movements matter

pregnancy movements

Pregnancy is a truly incredible time – growing this amazing entity from within, watching your bump grow day by day, rippling as your baby wriggles inside the safety of you. But for all the heart melting moments of pregnancy, there also come the heart-stopping moments. For me, these were always the times when my little girl had been still for what seemed just too long. But how long is too long? An hour can feel like a day, and a day can feel like an eternity. And then how do you know when it’s time to see someone about it?

Reduced baby movements can be the first sign that a baby is in distress. Recent research has shown that around half of women who had a stillbirth said that they had noticed that their baby’s movements had slowed down beforehand.

Worryingly, a recent survey by Tommy’s showed that 52% of women would be worried about looking for help when they notice reduced fetal movements due to a fear of ‘wasting midwife’s  time’, a sentiment which I can entirely relate to.

So the best course of action? In pregnancy, trust your instincts and be aware of the importance of monitoring fetal movement and let’s all play our part in raising awareness and empowering women to seek help promptly which could save lives.

Thankfully, this video from Tommy’s does a rather stellar job of helping to make that happen so please watch it, share it and let’s try to make a dent in  stillbirth rates which are shockingly high in the UK – (in 2015 we ranked 24th out of 49 high-income countries. For every 220 babies born in the UK, one is stillborn).

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11 comments

  1. Such an important issue that has been overlooked for too long, thank you for posting this article.

    #CountTheKicks
    #MovementsMatter
    #BreakTheSilence
    #Why17

  2. My second son moved much less than my first. Everyone’s told me it was just because babies are different but it turned out that he couldn’t move much due to a neuromuscular condition.

    Another friend had unusually less movements and her midwife acted on it. It undoubtedly saved her son’s life.
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  3. Such a valuable cause. I went to the hospital at 36 weeks with my first son because he hadn’t moved all day. I drank coke, jumped up and down and nothing. When my partner came home I told him I was convinced something was wrong with the baby and we went straight to the maternity ward. Within seconds of them putting the pad on my stomach, he kicked. I did feel a little foolish for “wasting” their time, but I felt more relief than anything. I can certainly see why women do put off seeking help for fear of feeling irrational or like they are overreacting, but women really need to know what they should be looking out for!

  4. Such an important campaign to be part of isn’t it. It’s astounding how many babies lives might be saved if urgent attention is given to unusual movements. It’s even crazier what holds us back from getting help for our babies who might need help. Hopefully, more women will feel ok with reaching out for support as soon as they fell uneasy about their baby’s movements.
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