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Old Mar 2nd, 2011, 16:20 PM   1
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38 weeks, reduced fetal movement and now period type pains??


I'm 38 weeks today and we were a little worried that I hadn't felt much movement from LO the past day or two. We had the fetal monitor out last night and the heartbeat was 146 on average. We did the usual tricks, cold drinks, caffeine, chocolate but I'd only counted two movements between 10am and 3pm today. We rang ADAU and they told us to come in and they would put LO on a trace monitor. After a couple of hours they finally managed to get a decent reading as they weren't seeing much action and said LO just seemed to be having a lazy day and they were fine. I'm feeling a little more relaxed knowing they're ok but we got home about three hours ago and I've had a couple of movements but now I've started getting bad back ache, as if my period is due any day. I've read that this can be a lead up to labour... it's our first baby so I've no idea what to expect or if this is normal or if something else is wrong...

Just need some reassurance that this is normal



 
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Old Mar 2nd, 2011, 16:25 PM   2
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Hi, I have a four year old and i remember worrying about the same thing. I'm sure they told me that the baby doesn't have as much room to move about by the 38-40 week stage!
I was in and out checking heartbeats for the last week and then she came! I had all my labour pains in my back and DD was born happy and healthy at 39 weeks! I hope everything works out i'm sure it's all fine X



 
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Old Mar 2nd, 2011, 16:26 PM   3
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I'm having my first too so don't know but I'm 36 weeks and have been having period type pains intermittently for over a week now. I'm sure everything is fine. And at 38 weeks you could of course go into labour at any time! Fingers crossed!



 
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Old Mar 2nd, 2011, 16:30 PM   4
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Thanks Sparklebunny and Gen! They did tell me that I wouldn't get big jerky movements like before and that they would be more gentle movements but I haven't noticed a thing, even little ones :S They were really nice at the hospital and did say if i was worried at all, better be safe than sorry and give them a call. These last two weeks are going to drag....



 
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Old Mar 2nd, 2011, 16:33 PM   5
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Hi! I'm not entirely sure hun, but didn't want to read and run. The period type pains do sound like possibly the beginning of labour. I remember mine starting up a bit like that. Are they getting worse? Defo keep an eye in the movement and go back if you're still worried asap. xxxx



 
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Old Mar 2nd, 2011, 16:37 PM   6
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Ive also been in hospital today as tightenings were stronger after an internal yesterday. Again this morning they started up and I felt rough so phoned up. LO was quieter than normal today but hates the monitor and started moving. I was sent home and told Im in early labour but this can go on for days. I had a little backache but now I have shooting pains into my cervix so I presume things are getting nearer. His movements have slowed a little too but they said he was ok. Hope that helps



 
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Old Mar 2nd, 2011, 16:40 PM   7
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As long as these period type back pains are not accompanied with bleeding or continued reduced movements. The main concern would still be these reduced movements, keep any eye on them. If you are still not happy with baby's movements alone this is enough reason to go back and get a CTG, but moreso important if there is reduced movements with backpain/tummy pain.



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Old Mar 2nd, 2011, 16:49 PM   8
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Thanks for the replies ladies The back pains don't seem to be getting worse but they're making me feel a little queasy which is normal for me. I've also been getting a lot more Braxton's just lately. They seem to be pretty irregular at the moment.. sometimes I can have four or five an hour and then nothing for a few hours. After todays little scare we'll be kick counting, religiously!



 
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Old Mar 2nd, 2011, 16:56 PM   9
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I don't want to scare you, but please do not take any chances and don't worry about being in and out of the doctors. I heard some bad news this week from a former co worker of mine who was due over the weekend. Reduced fetal movement is very important to get checked. If you feel something isn't right, be persistent and go in again. My friend also had back pain when she went in to get checked. Like I said, I don't want to scare youu, but my friends story increased my anxiety and I had a chat with my doc about it yesterday. Kick counts and if you have any doubt go in, was the advice she gave me. Good luck! Im sure things are fine but better safe than sorry.



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2011, 03:22 AM   10
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i had couple of occasions of reduced movements and everytime went to the hospital. My doctor was adamant that EVERY reduction needs to be monitored properly, if you had a CTG already and you're still feeling low movement, I would suggest a scan. That' s what he ordered for me... they check the flow in the cord and to the baby's main organs, it is much more accurate than a CTG and they can verify whether the baby is moving when they prick him.
So far so good for me but If i don't feel regular movements again, although it is a HUGE pain, i'm gonna go straight to the hospital.
Having said that, my LO seem to have longer sleep periods these days compared to earlier weeks, and I kind of got used to his new pattern... when he's awake though he still moves a lot ...
my doc told me that even if scan and ctg are ok, if the mother perceives reduced movements and baby is passed 36/37, he would have an argument to pull him out...
he reckons there is no way of forecasting a problem apart from reduced movements. Heartbeat and live functions can all be good up to a certain point when generally intervention is late...
sorry to scare you but i took it very lightly the first time and my doctor kind of put me in line when i went to him....



 
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