Haven’t Felt Fetal Movement Yet?

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I’m 18w pregnant, but how come I haven’t felt fetal movement yet, even though when I was 17w on the ultrasound the fetus moved. And what is the cause of not feeling fetal movement?

1 Answer:

Hi Rani,

One of the easiest indicators a mother can feel about the well-being of her fetus is fetal movement. Fetal movements generally begin to be felt by pregnant women at 16-20 weeks of gestation. Some pregnant women can even feel the movement of the fetus from the age of 12 weeks.

However, there are also some pregnant women who are less sensitive or previously obese, causing fetal movement to be less pronounced. Fetal movement is also less felt when the mother is active. At first the fetal movements will feel like soft movements, twitches / pulsations, as if there are gas bubbles, or there are butterflies in the stomach. The longer the fetal movement will be stronger and feel like a "kick".

For now you can try the following tips:

Lie on your left for 1-2 hours and feel the soft movement of the fetus Try to stimulate fetal movement by gently pressing the stomach to invite him to "play", or often talk to the fetus Get enough rest Meet the nutritional and fluid needs during pregnancy Take regular pregnancy control at least 1x/month If after 21 weeks of age you cannot feel fetal movement, or if you have felt fetal movement before then suddenly the fetal movement weakens or stops altogether, you should check with your obstetrician so that further examination can be done to confirm the condition fetus and your pregnancy yes.

Here is an article that relates to the topic of your question:

Embryo growth

Thanks and hope it helps,

dr. Devika Y

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