If you are less than 28 weeks pregnant
If you feel that your foetal movements have decreased considerably, you should immediately inform your doctor.
He/she will test for foetal heart beats using a sonic aid and take appropriate action. If all is well, you will be sent home with advice on how to closely monitor foetal movements.
If you are more than 28 weeks pregnant
If you feel your baby’s movements have come down noticeably, you must meet your doctor immediately. The doctor will monitor the foetal heart using a machine called Cardiotocogaph (CTG).
The CTG monitors your baby’s heart rate for a period of 20 minutes. If the CTG is normal and no other risk factor is identified, you will be discharged. If few or no foetal movements are recorded or other risk factors are identified, then your doctor will advise you on your available options and help you plan your next step.
In general, 12 to 15 movements in 12 hours, 2 to 3 movements in the first hour after a meal, are considered normal. If you have high risk factors like diabetes, hypertension or heart disease, then you must closely watch for movements of the baby and any changes should be brought to your doctor’s attention soon.
Note: Never hesitate to contact your doctor if you are unsure of your baby’s movements.