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Tuesday, January 5th 2010, 12:10pm

Head down and quiet?

Hello,

When does baby usually go head down? When they do this are they usually quiet? Do babies chill out a bit before they're born or do they remain active up until they are born?? I have asked the midwife but I seem to be being fobbed off for some reason, no one will give me an answer!

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Tuesday, January 5th 2010, 1:04pm

Think my baby went head down around 37 weeks... or maybe that was just when I thought to ask.

Quietening down? Not sure. My LO had mad days and quieter days, just to frighten the life out of me!!! I got told they go quieter because there is so little room from about 36 weeks. My LO was definately very active until 40 weeks and now has varied days.

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Tuesday, January 5th 2010, 2:07pm

i am 37 weeks and the head is down....i think its been like that for about 2 weeks now....but i know there isnt enough room in there so movment can decrease. keep checking that there is some movement - also i think that by now you get used to certain movement and dont feel them unless you concentrate..hope you are ok
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Tuesday, January 5th 2010, 2:09pm

mine has been head down since about 35 weeks. I've never had a reduction in movement, but I think that is pretty unusual and I've always felt lots of movement so may just have an unusually active baby.

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Tuesday, January 5th 2010, 2:21pm

not sure if it helps....but with baby 1 who was 6lbs i was being monitored every day towards the end due to reduced movments...this baby who is estimated to be a big'un is swimming inside me and making my whole belly move but has more quite spells now....
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Tuesday, January 5th 2010, 3:19pm

My DD was head down and 4/5 engaged at 34 weeks, she was born in her 37th week, but I would have been induced that week because I had obstetric choleostasis. Her movements had reduced probably because of the OC, so I was being monitored whenever I wanted it.

I hope your LO soon gets back to thrashing around and keeping you awake.

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Tuesday, January 5th 2010, 3:52pm

Hi Flic,
I'm so sorry you've had such a worrying time with movments! Hopefully your little one will start dancing around in there very soon.

Even when head down, the baby is meant to stay active until they are born. The movements will be different though, because of lack of space. Instead of powerful kicks, niggling punches or your whole tummy wobbling as the baby repositions, the movements are smaller and more subtle. You are therefore more likely to miss them. So it really helps to take an hour, drink something cold and sweet, lie on your left side, and wait for movements. You should be able to feel little movements, several in one hour. If you don't feel anything, then the hospital will want to hook you up to the good old CTG machine again to check that the baby is squirming, its just that you can't feel it.

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Tuesday, January 5th 2010, 6:55pm

Hi everyone!

Thanks for all the advice and details.

Splodge has been head down since 31 + 6 (as far as I know) and still is. I didn't know whether this could mean that LO is getting ready to make an appearance in the next few weeks.

Hooked up to the CTG machine again today and hb was in the 140's with no accelerations. Still moving about in there according to the machine as it picks up fetal movements, but still not feeling anything. Not felt anything today at all!! I've had a midwife shake my bump and still nothing!!

I just find it strange that suddenly the movement has stopped rather than slowed down. I've had a few movements yesterday but these were more big body type movements. I've been having a lot of braxton hicks too and cramping but I think thats probably just LO growing.

I'm not overly worried as I do trust the midwives and if they thought there was anything really wrong they would have me straight in.

I just wish I knew what was going on in there!!!

Mavis, I tried the cold, sweet drinks, I was busting for a wee by the time they let me off the machine!! But still nothing. Its like Lo has found a comfy spot and doesn't want to move!

I do know that its a long baby but I don't know if that would make any difference?

Trust me to have a grumpy faced, laid back baby!!!






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