Fetal movements in the third trimester will not be
same as those felt in the earlier months. Then, the
uterus was roomier to accommodate your baby's kicking
and punching and other acrobatics. Now, conditions
are getting too cramped for baby's gymnastics. All
mothers and babies are different, and one pregnancy
is different from another so the amount of fetal movement
in the third trimester is bound to be different as
you call the Doc..
It is not important what kind of fetal movement
you feel as much as there being some activity throughout
the day. In general during this stage your baby
should move at least 10 times during a 2-3 hour
period. If your baby is not moving this much or
you feel unsettled about the slowdown in fetal movements
try this before calling your doctor:
Drink fruit juice or a beverage high in natural
sugars. Position yourself comfortably either on
your left or right side and count the number of
times you feel the movements which can be vary from
a flutter to a kick to a somersault. After doing
this for an hour or two your baby should resume
movements in the usual pattern.
not call the Doc..
No activity or a sudden spurt of activity is a cause
for alarm and should be checked with your doctor.
Contact your doctor immediately if:
• You feel no movement for the whole day
• Less than 10 movements after 2 hours of
• Your baby's movement is different from what
you experienced a day before
possibilities on lack of fetal movements in the
• Some fetuses take naps that last for a few
hours, similar to newborns. The rush of sugar usually
wakes up the baby from slumber and you will feel
your baby move in varying degrees.
• Babies become less mobile once their heads
have firmly engaged in the pelvis.
• Fetuses who are quite inactive at this stage
do not necessarily mean there is a problem but inactivity
can also mean something as serious as fetal distress.
Gaining assurance from the medical staff is important
for timely intervention, if necessary.
At the doctor's office you will be offered fetal
monitoring which is essentially a small monitor
being strapped over your belly to record fetal heart
rate. The procedure will last for an hour. Any issues
with the fetal heart rate will be notified to your
doctor who will further evaluate.