During your pregnancy, your midwife will talk to you about monitoring your baby’s movements. Every baby moves a different amount, so you will not be looking for a specific amount of movements. Instead you’ll be asked to learn your baby’s pattern of movement and seek advice if that pattern changes.
Monitoring your baby’s movements is one of the most effective ways of making sure that your baby is doing well. If you feel like your baby isn’t moving as they normally do, get advice from Labour Line right away. Do not wait until the next day, even if you’ve noticed this during the night – it’s really important to seek advice immediately.
It’s not just reduced movement that could suggest a problem – a large increase in movements can also indicate that your baby is distressed. To be safe, it’s always best to call Labour Line on 0300 3690388 if you are concerned about how much your baby is moving. The Labour Line midwife can refer you to the Antenatal Day Assessment unit (ANDA) at Poole Maternity Hospital for assessment (which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week), or to the Day Assessment Unit at Dorset County Hospital.
If you are unsure whether your baby is moving normally, you should always call Labour Line. It’s not always easy to tell, especially if you are having twins or more. You might feel like you don’t want to make a fuss, but if you are at all concerned about your baby’s movements, we always want you to call Labour Line on 0300 3690388 right away.
Read more about what to expect if you report changes in movements or get more information on monitoring your baby’s movements from Kicks Count and Tommy’s.