Is there less fetal movement when your in labor?

Just curious for the next time that I'm having strong contractions. Why is it that you should contact your doctor then when there is less fetal movement?

Written By Evie Neumann

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  • Tina P January 29, 2009, 8:54 am

    Generally you would expect less fetal movement during active labor; however, that is not always the case. There are plenty of instances where the little one is rocking away right up to the last minute.

    If there is a noticeable decrease in fetal movement it could be a sign on fetal distress. As you get closer to the end the baby has less room to move so you should be feeling it's movements quite a bit more. If you notice that the baby is not moving as much, begin timing his/her movements over an hour's time. If you don't get count ten movements in an hour, drink a cup of cold juice (just something sweet, preferrably cold) and give it another hour or so. Call the doctor if you still can't get ten movements from your little one as the baby could be in distress (cord wrapped around the body or neck).

    It's a precaution, but an important one. Just keep track of your little one's movements.