What do I do if I'm concerned about baby's movements?
Unfortunately, stillbirth (when a baby passes away in pregnancy) happens and often a cause is not found. Luckily, this is rare. But if you feel your baby isn't moving like normal, don't hesitate to urgently call your midwife or head to the hospital.
At the hospital, the nurse will listen to baby's heartbeat with a nonstress test (NST) for 20 minutes to ensure everything is ok. If you start to feel more movement, that's great. If there are any concerns, they may do more monitoring or an ultrasound to assess baby's movements, amniotic fluid, and health of the placenta. If you still cannot feel movement or there are concerns on imaging, your care provider may recommend an induction of labour to deliver baby soon. If baby is in immediate distress, you may need an emergency C-section.
Everything will be explained to you; don't be afraid to ask questions. Your medical team cares and is there to support you and your family.