Family Health

Check your baby’s movements – feeling them move is a sign that they are well

Your babies movements matter. If you notice that your baby is moving less in pregnancy that may be a sign they are unwell.

Your baby’s movements matter. If you notice that your baby is moving less in pregnancy that may be a sign they are unwell.

By Fiona Ellis, Programme Manager for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Local Maternity Service (LMS)

Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well.

Most women usually begin to feel their baby move between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. A baby’s movements can be described as anything from a kick, flutter, swish or roll.

This movement may change as your pregnancy progresses as there is no set number of movements that you should expect. Every baby is different.

From 16-24 weeks of pregnancy you should feel your baby move more and more up until 32 weeks. Movements then stay about the same until your baby is born.

If you think your baby’s movements have slowed down, stopped or changed, contact the Triage Unit at Princess Royal Hospital on 01952 565948 / 01952 565712.

It is staffed 24hrs, 7 days a week and they will be able to help.

For more information on the importance of monitoring your baby’s movements visit www.tommys.org

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