How often should my unborn baby move? 

Midwife Chantelle Winstanley explains what a baby moving in the womb feels like, how often it happens and what to look out for.

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How often should my unborn baby move?

 

Chantelle: Most mothers start to feel their baby move between 16 and 22 weeks and it often feels like a flutter or bubbling in the tummy, sometimes like indigestion.

 

Between 23 and 30 weeks most mothers notice a change in movement of the baby, the baby becomes much more vigorous in movement, you can distinguish a kick, a roll, baby starts to respond to touch and sound and you may even feel your baby hiccup.

 

After 30 weeks of pregnancy you may even be able to tell the difference between a foot or a hand in your tummy.

 

Babies often have their own movement patterns which unfortunately don’t often go together with mum’s, so when you’re trying to rest at night your baby may have a really active pattern of movement, that’s quite normal. Every baby has their own movement pattern and it’s really important that you get to know the pattern that’s right for your baby.

 

We don’t recommend counting movements or recording movements on a kick chart, but if you do notice a difference between your baby’s normal pattern of movement, either a reduction in movements or your baby doesn’t move at all, please don’t hesitate to contact your nearest maternity unit.

 

If you’re concerned about your baby’s movements we recommend that you sit or lie still for a short period of time, drink a glass of cold water.  The theory is that your digestive tract lies next to your uterus, so the cold water will stimulate your baby to move. Also you can rub your tummy and talk to your baby and hopefully your baby will respond.

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