Q. Are IV's required for all admitted patients in labor? Why can't I just drink some water? If it's in case of emergencies, isn't your staff trained in putting an IV in quite quickly?A. Mary D'Angelo, Director of Maternal Child Services at Sisters of Charity Hospital, Responds:
Q. I'm 18 weeks pregnant, and for 2 weeks, when I lay down, I feel my baby move like crazy. I haven't felt her in 24 hours. I'm scared.
Babies do have periods of sleep/wake time, just as we do. Many moms do not perceive movement until they are a little further along in their pregnancy, so your little one must really be a "mover."
Some of the things that you can try:
- Drink a beverage than has some glucose (sugar), such as orange or apple juice
- Lay on your side for a little while (about 30 minutes) and pay attention to smaller movements such as flutters
Either way, taking a very pro-active approach is the best way to handle the nervousness you may feel when the baby acts in a way that is uncharacteristic for them.
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