T.W. asks from Yonkers, NY on October 09, 2009
Movement at 18 Wks
I am 18 wks pregnant and have started to feel little 'pops' of movement the last two weeks. At my 16 wk check up my dr. said that the placenta attached in the front of my belly and I might not feel a lot of movement there till the baby was older. I wanted to know what others experienced @ the 18wk mark in regards to fetal movement. I feel like I should be feeling much more movement that I am ( a few times a day but not always...). My last pregnancy was a twin pregnancy so as you can expect the movement almost never stopped:). I am feeling a little nervous and know I have a bit of anxiety ( I am being seen the typical amount for a normal pregnacy, but with the twins was seen every two weeks) so I would love a little feed back from other moms.
Thanks so much for your info!!!
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I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who responded to my call for reassurance about my baby's movement at 18 wks!!I can't tell you how great it was to read my email and see so many letters of support. I feel so much better hearing about all of your pregnancy experiences. I am planning on talking with my dr. about the frequency of movement, but I really think it is just a case of the baby having more room and not being as active as my twins were. I am planning on taking your advice and enjoying the peace while I can! Take care everyone and thank you for taking the time to reassure me- I really appreciate it!
G.B. answers from Albany on October 22, 2009
My son's placenta was also attached at the front of the uterus. I didn't know it until I had an ultrasound a couple of days before he was born. I remember feeling more movement on the sides than the front, and wondering why I couldn't really feel his body parts! Sounds like you might have to adjust to not feeling as much as with twins. Good luck!
E.S. answers from New York on October 10, 2009
My daughter's doctor also said the placenta had attached to the front of her belly, so that's why my daughter did not feel hardly any movements. Even much further into the pregnancy my daughter said she didn't feel too much movement. This was my daughter's first pregnancy, so she couldn't compare, but she was obviously concerned...however her doctor told her everything was fine. My daughter gave birth to a perfectly healthy beautiful baby girl.
C.P. answers from Rochester on October 11, 2009
I didn't feel movement with my first until after 20 weeks. With my second, movement started at 14 weeks, but it was very sporadic - a couple of times every few days and quickly built up the quantity. He was very active.
B.A. answers from New York on October 10, 2009
Congratulations on your pregnancy!
What you are experiencing sounds normal to me.
With my first pregnancy I felt the first movement around 16 weeks and it was almost constant through the whole pregnancy. For entertainment in my last trimester, my husband and I used to sit on the couch and watch my belly because we would see huge ripples from my daughter moving around in there.
I am now 37 weeks with my second baby and with this pregnancy I didn't feel the first movement until about 18 weeks and they weren't even very strong until about 20 weeks. I don't feel this baby move nearly as much as the first, but every time I go for an ultrasound or they check the heartbeat, they comment on how much the baby is moving around. I guess she is moving, but I am just not feeling it. My placenta is not in the front, but I am still not feeling all the movement. I guess every pregnancy really is different.
I am feeling a lot more movement now that I am in the last few weeks of pregnancy. I can feel her arms and legs kicking around, but I don't feel the whole body roll around like I did with my first. I guess this baby is just really comfortable in there.
All the best!
P.R. answers from New York on October 11, 2009
hello! with my first pregnancy, i felt movement at 17 weeks. felt like butterflies fluttering. quite an experience! good luck on your pregnancy!
V.L. answers from Sacramento on October 09, 2009
oh this happened to me.
its one of those things where you never know.
there are so many forums on woman discussing all sorts of different times and at different weeks when they feel the movement. don't be scared. especially since you just saw your doctor a couple weeks ago and everything was okay. you can always call your ob and explain you are worried and need to know that it is ok. i assure you though. no worries. my baby wasnt very active till about 20-22 weeks. although he began moving every now and then at 13 weeks
K.P. answers from New York on October 10, 2009
I too had a front placenta and felt definite movement around 19 weeks and full-out flips and bubbles by 22 weeks. Also don't be alarmed if they have a hard time finding the heartbeat using the external monitor. My son is happy, healthy and napping right now and they had to hunt around each time because of the placenta placement!
F.A. answers from New York on October 10, 2009
Like you, I had an anterior placenta in my second pregnancy, and my best advice, if everything else is OK, is not to worry about the fact that you feel less movement than you did last time. I had 2 single pregnancies, and the difference between the first, with placenta not at the front, and the second, with placenta on the front, was huge - so I can only imagine that it will be an even bigger difference for you, if your last was twins.
I felt a lot less, a lot later with the anterior placenta, and even at full term the movement was mainly round the sides, rather than those big all-over movements I had had the first time. Also my second was a smaller baby which I think affects it. I also think that as children they are different - my first is a tall, very active sporty child, and her little sister is much calmer and a more indoor sort of kid - and I have a theory that the difference was apparent even before birth!
All I mean to say is that all babies and all pregnancies are different, and with you the twins/single thing plus the anterior placenta is going to make a big difference.
Try not to worry - I know I did worry, and all it did was make the pregnancy less enjoyable.
A.N. answers from New York on October 10, 2009
T., I had the exact same thing happen to me last year, and I am pretty sure I didn't feel regular strong movements until like 22-23 weeks, which was weird to me because I was all belly and pretty huge at that point! So hang in there and do not worry.