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How Will I Know if Baby is Distressed in utero?

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#1 Martha

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    Posted 01 September 2008 - 10:45 AM

    I was going to ask this in the "mommies-to-be" thread, but figured I would get more answers out here since not everyone that has experience with babies reads that thread.

    How will I know if Noah is distressed in utero?

    This may sound silly, but since I am new to this and never thought it would happen, (and I am a worrier by nature) I am super extra cautious....

    Last night when I was trying to go to bed, it felt like Noah was beating the crap outta me. At first I thought it was funny, but then I got scared. Like what if he was in distress and was fighting for his life. I mean, he was hitting/kicking/moving hard (couldn't tell which it was)!

    Should I be glad he was doing this or worried? I woke Jay up to feel it and he freaked out.

    If he was stressed, like if the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck or something, would I go in to labor or would I never know?

    Oh and I Googled and couldn't find any answers....

    #2 LadyP

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      Posted 01 September 2008 - 10:54 AM

      He was playing. YOur movements soothe him so when you settle down it is play time for the baby. I believe distress is lack of movements.

      When I was prenant with Amir I fell down the steps and they monitored me for his movement

      #3 Martha

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        Posted 01 September 2008 - 11:13 AM

        I was hoping someone would say lack of movement means distress, thank you!

        I was just so scared....he was pounding away on me! Little turkey!

        #4 SoontobeMsKniss

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          Posted 01 September 2008 - 11:36 AM

          Yes, lack of movement means there is something wrong. He was probaly just being active since you were going to bed. Babies usually are more active at night. Any lack of movement is a cause to worry. You should be fine!

          #5 Martha

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            Posted 01 September 2008 - 11:57 AM

            Ya, he is usually more active at night, but this was off the charts.

            I think i am becoming a bit obsessd with his well being.

            #6 LadyP

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              Posted 01 September 2008 - 12:00 PM

              LET THE BOY PLAY. LOL he was just having fun

              #7 jamisoncollette

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                Posted 01 September 2008 - 12:30 PM

                Yes, lack of movement until about the last month can mean distress. Closer to nine months, he will just run our of room to be active so please don't worry then also! Your MD/Midwife can also check the heartbeat and compare to previous visits. Noah is gaining strength and ability, hence why his kicks and blows feel stronger. When Noah was smaller, you would not feel the movements he made but he is almost a mini man now! Don't worry, sounds like everything is fine like the ladies said :)

                #8 Hartyt509

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                  Posted 01 September 2008 - 02:49 PM

                  Honestly don't worry - my friend's baby used to kick the crap out of her on a night or when he heard his dad come in from work lol

                  They even said he was too small a couple of weeks ago! she had him yesterday and he was 8lbs 10 lmao

                  #9 Christine

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                  Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:15 PM

                  Martha he is just getting bigger and running out of room so he's making it! If you ever feel a lack of movement over a long period you should worry but a lot of movement just means you have an active little boy.

                  He is probably assuming the position and getting ready. Ainsleigh finally went head down at 34 weeks, but I was told that first babies tend to go a little earlier (head down I mean)
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                  #10 Celina

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                    Posted 02 September 2008 - 01:15 PM

                    Yep - everyone here has it right! My son got so rambunctious that FI could see him kicking and punching me! Only need to worry when you DON'T feel him moving.

                    If there comes a time when you don't feel him move for 8 hours or so - call the doctor ASAP!

                    Oh how I miss that feeling inside you when you are carrying a child. Soak in all these wonderful memories Martha. Time flies by too quick!
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