Is sudden increase in fetal activity a concern?

After 34 weeks of relative quiet, today my baby started kicking, punching and stretching like crazy and hasn't stopped or slowed down for almost 15 hours. Should I be concerned?


Peg Plumbo CNM

Peg Plumbo has been a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) since 1976. She has assisted at over 1,000 births and currently teaches in the... Read more

This sudden surge of activity calls for you to see your health-care provider immediately. Sometimes mothers report excessive fetal movement before cessation of all fetal movement. It is possible for a baby to get tangled in the cord, or a knot can develop in the cord, slowing or stopping blood flow to the baby.

A non-stress test can be done that would monitor your baby's heart rate and uterine and fetal activity for 30 to 45 minutes. Though your baby may just be going through a very active period, I think this is worth getting checked out for your peace of mind.

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