FETAL MOVEMENT

As you begin your 28th week of pregnancy (7th month) we would like you to begin to be aware of your baby's activity. You are probably already aware that babies are very active within the uterus and you detect this activity in the form of rolling sensations or sharp kicks. If the baby is in trouble for some unexpected reason, it may warn us of this trouble by a period of extreme quiet prior to fetal death. You should, however, be aware that the fetus in the uterus is just like a newborn baby. Fetuses have periods of high activity and of quiet; in addition,they have days when they are quiet and days when they are active.
Should you feel that the baby has been extremely quiet over a period of 6 to 12 hours, eat a snack and lie down on your left side in a quiet room for a period of one (1) hour. If the baby has three (3) definite movements or more within that hour, you can be reassured and discontinue monitoring of the baby's activity. However, if you feel zero to two (0 to 2) movements in a one (1) hour period, you must call the doctor on call immediately regardless of the hour. The doctor will probably request a short period of fetal heart monitoring called a Non-Stress test. This will be done in the labor and delivery area in the Women's Hospital at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Generally speaking this test will reassure us that the baby is doing well and that no further action will be necessary. However, if this is a sign that the fetus is in trouble, hopefully we will be warned and the doctor will be able to do something about it before anything can happen.

Should you have any questions, please call our office at 562-595-1961.