Reduced Movements with Gestational Diabetes
We see a lot of questions in our Facebook support group about reduced movements with gestational diabetes.
Movements of your baby are a sign that everything is well.
If you experience reduced movements or a change in your baby's movements, including increased movements then you should seek medical advice immediately.
Kicks Count is a wonderful charity which provides information and support for parents and medical professionals around baby's movements in pregnancy.
Kicks Count have a page specifically on 'Your Baby's Movements' which explains lots of information and FAQs around monitoring your baby's movements.
Kicks Count say:
Reduced fetal movement can be a sign that the baby is in distress although this is not the only cause.
2 out of 3 mums who have a stillbirth say they noticed their baby’s movements slow down beforehand. It is therefore important that all cases of reduced movement are reported to your midwife or maternity unit.
You can download the Kicks Count leaflet and they also have a new App which helps you keep track of your baby's movements for use on Android and Apple devices.
Gestational diabetes diet and changes in movements
Questions in our Facebook support group around changes in baby's movements are often linked to diet.
Some mothers find a change in movements once they start the gestational diabetes diet and reduce their sugar and carb intake. Others mention reduced movements when having hypos (low blood sugar levels) and increased movements when they have hypers (high blood sugar levels).
What we eat and drink is passed through to the baby and so different foods and drinks can cause a reaction in baby's movements.
However, how do we know the food or drink is responsible and there are no other concerns? We don't and so it is for this reason, ANY changes in your baby's movements should be called in. Gestational Diabetes is not a reason to ignore changes in movements.
Being advised to drink a high sugar drink to encourage movement - sugar rush!
We have seen some ladies be advised to drink or eat something high in sugar to encourage the baby to wake or move. This causes your baby to have a sugar rush and will cause a hyper in both you and your baby. A hyper can make you feel unwell and is obviously not good for your baby.
Ice cold water or an ice cold sugar free drink is a much safer alternative which will not cause a hyper.
Baby's do not move less towards the end of pregnancy
A common myth is that baby's run out of room and do not move as much towards the end of pregnancy. This is untrue and you should feel your baby moving right up until you give birth.
Seek medical advice if you notice any changes in baby's movements.
With gestational diabetes there is a higher risk of early placenta deterioration. One of the possible symptoms of having issues with the placenta is a decrease or change in baby's movements. You can read more detail on placenta deterioration with gestational diabetes on this page.
An increase in baby's movements can be a sign that the baby is in distress and so it is also important to seek medical advice if you notice a sudden change and increase in your baby's movements. More information on increased fetal movements can be found on Kicks Count.
Reduced and changes in movements posts in our Facebook support group
As a Facebook support group that cannot offer medical advice, our Facebook admin team will always advise that the mother contacts their hospital for professional medical advice and we then close the thread so that others cannot comment on the post.
It is not that we do not care about the individual, but too often we have seen comments or advice which advises the mother to do x, y and z before contacting a medical professional, or we have others sharing personal experiences which may encourage the mother to ignore or delay getting help regarding the reduced or changes in movements.
ANY changes in movements must be called in immediately. The difference in seeking medical advice and delaying could make a HUGE difference to your baby if anything is wrong.
The Facebook group is a support group and chat forum for gestational diabetes topics, it's there to help mothers that need support at difficult times and provide help, support and advice.
Reduced movements or changes in movements can be extremely upsetting and worrying for the mother.
Let us know that you're going in to be checked for changes in baby's movements to gain support from fellow members, we care about each and every mother, but please do not ask for advice or opinion on what to do as we cannot offer medical advice. Our motto is, if you are worried enough to post it on the group page, then you're worried enough to get checked out xx