The current recommendations are that women should monitor their baby’s pattern of movements from week 16-24 right up to when they give birth, and report any reduction in movements promptly. Although this knowledge could save their babies’ lives many women are still not aware of it. Worse, incorrect myths are still prevalent, such as:
- Baby movements slow down in the third trimester due to lack of space.
- A certain amount of kicks is fine.
- I can mention it at my next appointment.
- I can’t be checked at the weekend or outside 9-5.
- I can use a home Doppler for reassurance.
Women also hold back from reporting reduced movement due to fear about ‘wasting time’ or ‘being a nuisance’.