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Hi there, I wonder if you can help me - I am 30 weeks pregnant and have a very active baby, I am aware that more movement is better than none but I am concerned because the movements are juddery, quick and quite distressed? I also have the normal movements, the baby turning, kicking and punching. Every appt I've had shows the baby to have a srong heartbeat, size/weight normal.
I would really like to know if this is common/normal.
I had a c-section with my first and only child and have to decide wether to book a c-section for this baby, your views would be much appreciated. Thank you

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replied December 17th, 2009
Third Trimester of Pregnancy Answer A8560

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

Your concern is regarding the contractions that you are getting which are strong in intensity. There is nothing wrong with you or your baby because of the strong contractions. If the fetal heart rate is good and there are no signs of early labor, then there is nothing much to be worried about.

But, there are certain signs of labor which you need to keep an eye on. First of all, there may be lightening or when your baby’s head drops down into the pelvic region. You may find it easier to breathe or you may sense heaviness in your lower abdomen. The other symptoms are increased contractions (come at regular intervals, do not decrease with change in posture and last about 30-70 seconds) and sometimes a bloody show due to passing of the cervical mucus plug.

It is not compulsory that if you had a previous caesarean then you cannot have a vaginal delivery. Whether you can have a vaginal delivery or not is decided only by your gynecologist after pelvic examination, assessing your pelvis and the size of the baby and your overall health. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are advised to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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