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Q&A: Baby not kicking as much in the 3rd trimester

Anne Sommers, Licensed Midwife


Q My daughter is due in 5 weeks and the baby is not moving very much. It is humping up but the movement is very little. Is this normal?

A Babies do tend to move less as they get closer to their birth date. Moreover, oftentimes a mother doesn't feel the baby move when she is standing, but will feel more movement when she sits down and concentrates on the kicks. Have your daughter sit down and count the kicks or movements (kicking, rolling, stretching punching hiccuping or flutters). Ten movements should be felt within 10 to 60 minutes. A Non Stress Test may help to verify to your daughter that everything is normal with her baby. Ask her practitioner about this.

Best wishes
Anne Sommers

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Anne Sommers, LM is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Perinatal Consultation & Birthing Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water! She has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows, talked to birth organizations, was editor for several child birth publications and was the owner, editor and publisher of "Mom" Magazine, a quarterly publication in circulation for over seven years. She completed Seattle Midwifery School's Challenge Process and the NARM exam (supervised by the California Medical Board) qualifying her for midwifery licensure. Anne actually made history as noted in the Orange County Register for being one of Southern California's first Licensed Midwives. She is also the mother of two children, born at home, with the attendance of midwives. The Baby Corner The Baby Corner - The Magazine for Expecting & New Parents

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