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Got it--hold on please
Is this your first pregnancy?
Nothing at all to worry about here--you just don't know what to expect
Towards the end of term the baby becomes much more active and it's totally normal and expected
So no need to be concerned about this
Please let me know if you need any more information
I see it most every time in late pregnancy
It' means he's totally fine and healthy
It's just the normal movements--he's just a little more active
You're way over worrying about this--he's fine
Very clear and I'm not telling you something I think you want to hear--just the plain truth
I don'r know why the midwife has never seen this before
There's no specific term for it other than fetal movement
And those aren't Braxton-Hicks contractions (false labor)
There is no specific reason why it happens in the late third trimester
Let me have another expert give you a second opinion
Good evening, I am Dr Ruff and your question has come back up.
With fetal movements, anything less than 10 movements within a few hours is considered abnormal. Increased fetal movements are not deemed pathological.
At 35 weeks you would expect your baby to be rather active now. The movements like this are purely an indication of position and activity of your baby.
The doctor before is correct, there is no term for it. Your midwife is just saying they are not sure why, if they were concerned they would admit you for an ultrasound and CTG - which I assume they didn't do.
It isn't on the internet as it would be deemed normal movement.
This is therefore normal and I would anticipate this will continue for a bit longer but closer to term they can slow down a bit as your prepare for labour.
This is an indication your baby may be rather active when born - but rapid movements in pregnancy do not necessarily mean this correlates to life post labour so is more of a theoretical assumption.
Things that could trigger this are things like adrenaline - so your own anxiety would cause adrenaline to increase, which will stimulate your baby. Other causes are cold drinks, caffeinated drinks also
Thank you for offering but I had read your conversation and had reviewed your video thanks.
Some movements can be rhythmic. This is not suggestive of anything pathological.
You are now entitled to attend maternity day care given your gestation, why don't you go and see them tomorrow and see what they say?
I am happy nothing is abnormal. You are clearly very anxious about this, which I understand. But short of saying there is nothing wrong, nobody can reassure you any more than this.
Go see them, please don't continue to feel anxious with this as the stress is far from ideal for you or your baby
Life and medicine is full of uncertainty. Not being able to accept that will inevitably cause anxiety.
And there lies your problem.
Go see them tomorrow - I am not going to be able to reassure you via a web chat
They would happily assess you to check all is fine
This is just called uncertainty - not everything has a name or a term. But they have reassured themselves that it is nothing to worry about otherwise they would not have sent you home.
3 midwives advised you of this.
The problem is your anxiety, not your baby. But just because I am unable to reassure you, doesn't mean you can't go back and be reassessed.
If they were worried they would ask your obstetrician to see you.
A normal heart rate implies your baby is not in distress.
I understand your anxiety - however, what else can be done if there was a rare problem? The baby is now almost fully developed. You could encourage an obs doctor to induce you early, but at risk to your baby when there is no clear indication.
The only imaging that is safe in pregnancy is ultrasound which they can do.
Other than this - there is no other option to make any further assessment.
You are just going to have to find away to address your anxiety to get you through to labour - this is the safest option for your baby.
It is clear that your anxiety is the issue here.
I will opt out. But I strongly suggest you address your anxiety. Having a newborn is an anxious time.
May be someone involved in fetal medicine can test baby's EEG, requires special apparatus to filter mother's brain waves. There could be spasms or fits. But not life threatening, can be dealt after birth if still persisting.
Could just be normal physiology also, as fetus also dreams and during REM sleep such body activity is there.
Why not get ultrasound scan done during movement phase?