Movement of the fetus in the womb is one of the best emotions experienced by pregnant mothers. But what if the baby is not moving during pregnancy?
Since movement of the baby girl or boy in the womb one it has grown enough is one of signs of health, if the mothers do not feel the shifting and movement of their baby in the womb, they worry about possible risks and dangers to their fetus. So what if the baby is not moving during pregnancy? It does not always mean there is a problem. The fetus can stop moving in the womb due to very simple reasons.
When are you supposed to feel the movement of the fetus in the womb?
Fetal movement in the mother’s womb is time-bound. Mothers who have had a childbirth before, may feel fetal movements from the 18 weeks, but those who experience the first pregnancy may not even feel the fetal movement until 22 weeks into their pregnancy. Naturally, mothers should feel the baby’s movement in their womb all day long in these weeks. For this reason, if you are experiencing your first pregnancy and it is before the 22nd week, you do not have to worry if the baby is not moving yet in your womb. Talk to your doctor if you are worried about any reason.
What if the baby is not moving during pregnancy? The baby may be asleep!
The fetus has periods of sleep, and often, these periods are 120 to 140 minutes. The mother may be worried at this time because the baby stops moving in the womb when s/he is asleep.
What if the baby is not moving during pregnancy? The baby may be hungry!
Sometimes the fetus stops moving because the mother goes hungry and weak. This is usually the case in women who have gestational diabetes. Because they are eating less for caution, they experience this more. Therefore, the fetus suffers from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and becomes moves less than expected or stops moving all together.
To make sure that the baby is safe and healthy, mothers with this condition can refer to a clinic where they will usually be advised to eat a sweet snack before an ECG is performed on the fetus. The ECG is used for fetus over 30 weeks of age and not less. For fetus who are less than 30 weeks old, it is usually advisable for the mother to lie down on her left side and touch her abdomen with her hand. If the baby moves more than 4 times per hour, s/he is healthy, and there is no problem.