“Is it normal for my baby’s movements to decrease at the end of pregnancy?”
Yes! As a baby gets closer to the due date, they start running out of space so you may not feel the big kicks and jabs you’re used to.
The movements often change to a shimmy or more rolling movements. Any size movement counts as reassuring—big or little, but if you’re worried, count the kicks.
Drink or eat something sweet, then go to a room without distractions and lay on your side with your hands on your belly. You should feel at least 4 movements in an hour. If you don’t, you should call your doctor or head to labor and delivery to check on your baby. If you do feel those movements you can feel reassured.
But trust your gut: if you really feel like something’s not right, just go to Labor and Delivery to get checked out.
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