What is it?

Foetal movements is a term that refers to the baby’s movements in the womb during pregnancy. If you notice your baby’s movements seem to be less frequent, or if you haven’t felt your baby move as much as normal, your medical team will check your health and the health of your baby. Changes in the pattern, strength and frequency of the baby’s movements always need to be checked immediately.

A decrease in foetal movements can occur with other symptoms, like bleeding and pain. It may also occur if you have high blood pressure or if the baby is small for its gestational age. Women with other risk factors who notice a decrease in foetal movements will be managed as a high-risk pregnancy.