Monitor your baby’s movements.

Babies in the womb will develop certain patterns of behaviour.

You’ll start to become familiar with these patterns, and in particular, the way your baby moves.

That’s why it is so important to take note if these movements change – especially if they slow down or stop.

Over half of all women who had a stillbirth noticed that their babies’ movements had slowed down or stopped, so we know that it is an important indicator.

There is no ‘normal’ when it comes to babies’ movements – their movements are as unique as they are. They don’t all ‘feel’ the same way. For some, it may feel like a kick, and for others, more like a glide, or even a roll.

You will generally start to feel the baby move between 16 and 24 weeks into your pregnancy, so that is the time to start being aware.

If you do notice any changes or differences once the movements start, contact your maternity care professional immediately.

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