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March 9th, 2012, 09:48 AM
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For about two weeks I had been feeling the baby a lot. The placenta is in front, so it was mostly on the sides but they were strong and frequent and helped keep me from freaking out.

Well, I think she moved around yesterday morning because I haven't been feeling her much at all for the pasts day. I even took out the doppler and listened both last night and this morning. It had been that I could immediately find her heartbeat and it was loud but now it's back to searching for it and it's quieter like it was earlier in the pregnancy. I nearly burst into tears last night when I realized it had been something like 5 hours since I felt her and I didn't hear her heartbeat right away.

I'm so close to calling up my doctor's office to tell them about the reduction in movement. But between the placenta being in front and her age (I'm 22 weeks), I'm not sure if they would really care (don't kick counts not really start until the 3rd trimester?).

Plus the fact that there's not much they could do at this point. They could give an ultrasound--but if it showed something wrong, what could they even do at 22 weeks? Just freak me out and keep monitoring me and hope it doesn't get worse?

I was starting to feel more calm about this pregnancy. Between my belly popping and movement and the good anatomy scan I was starting to feel like I'll get to bring this baby home in July. And now I'm right back to freaking out and worrying that I'm going to lose my baby.
Mama to an elementary school boy, kindergarten girl, and my miracle toddler girl.
Three 10w losses (11/2010 + 8/2011 + 10/2014)
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March 9th, 2012, 10:17 AM
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Be careful overusing the doppler, it can cause more anxiety then good. But don't worry, I read tracking your baby's movements after 28 or 27 weeks is advised, but as for right now, I think it'd be safe if she didn't move constantly.

Your chances of loosing the baby at this point (especially with a good anatomy scan) are pretty low, just try to relax - the baby may be tensing up because you are too.

Missing Angels: Sept '11 - 4 weeks & Nov '11 - 4 weeks 3 days
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March 9th, 2012, 10:22 AM
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I wonder if it's just the position of the baby. I've also got an anterior placenta, at 22 weeks, I wasn't feeling the kicking super often. Now, at 24 weeks, I am feeling the kicking more often than before, but not a lot and my doppler doesn't always pick up the heartbeat right away, nor is is always loud.
I wouldn't be worried about it too much. The kicks will get stronger and more often.
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March 9th, 2012, 10:24 AM
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My baby is quiet sometimes too. I also have an anterior placenta. I only really feel her on the side or really high or really low. I can go a few hours without feeling her... I also had a hard time finding her on Doppler last night. It took me 15 minutes. I think just with the anterior placenta it makes movements and doppler use harder. They don't start kick counts till 28 weeks at least for me.

If you are finding her on doppler and feeling her at least once a day... I wouldnt worry for now.

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