Fetal Movements

Fetal movements are the tiny movements that the fetus makes in the uterus, which can be felt starting from between 16th and 25th week of pregnancy. As the baby grows and by the end of the third trimester, the baby moves approximately 30 times every hour.

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Can no movement during pregnancy mean Down's syndrome?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 13 weeks pregnant. I have not felt any movement, this is the second pregnancy. I recently went to the hospital two weeks ago and did a blood test, they informed me that I needed a Down's syndrome test done and I have straight Medicaid and no one in my area covers straight Medicai...  Read Full »


Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. During the late first trimester, nuchal translucency test by ultrasound and double marker test (BhCG, PAPP-A) are done to rule out 80 % cases of Down's, Edward, Patau syndrome. These are normal screening methods, generally covered in Medicare. If you are screened positive...  Read Full »

I am 18 weeks pregnant, but I cannot feel any baby movements. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 weeks pregnant with my third child, and I have not felt any movement or had any symptoms of pregnancy. I am wondering why I am not able to feel any movements.  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ideally, in multiple pregnancies, the baby movements are being perceived by 16 to 18 weeks. You may wait another week and then go for your antenatal visit and get an ultrasound scan done. You are already due for your anomaly scan between 18 to 20 weeks. That should answ...  Read Full »

Fetal heartbeats are not visualized on ultrasound. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, I am eight weeks and five days pregnant. My ultrasonography report says fetal heartbeats not visualized even with the help of a color Doppler. Is it normal? I am very scared. Please reply.  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you are sure that it is eight weeks then it is not a good sign. Usually, the scan can detect the pregnancy and the heartbeat as early as six weeks.But it is advisable to wait for seven to 10 days and repeat the scan. If there is still no sign of heartbeat then it ...  Read Full »

Being pregnant, suffering from pain in lower abdomen and back. Is it labour pain?

Query: Hello doctor, Since last few days my wife (she is pregnant) is suffering from pain in the lower abdomen and back. We have visited our gynaecologist to watch whether the pain is due to labour or not. After checking, he said the pain is not for labour. He prescribed pain killer Duvadilan retard (Isoxs...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The ultrasound report is perfectly fine and the baby is average 36 weeks of gestation and head down position, placenta is normal and so is the AFI (Amniotic Fluid Index) and weight of t...  Read Full »

Please check my NIPT report and explain.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 27 weeks pregnant. Is my amniotic fluid normal or high? I hope there is no chance of any birth defect in my baby. My NIPT (noninvasive prenatal testing) test was normal. Also, my level 1 and level 2 scans were normal. Please check my report. Also, there is some problem with the art...  Read Full »


Dr. Vidya

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. At this stage, we do not look for anomalies. If NIPT is normal, then you can be 99 percent sure that there is no anomaly. Also, the level 1 and 3 scans have been normal which is reassuring. The liquor is fine and nothing to panic about (attachment removed to protect ...  Read Full »

Is NIPT required in the second trimester?

Query: Hello doctor, My 37-year-old wife is 14 weeks pregnant with my second child. Her level one scan is normal and the double marker is also fine. But, the doctor has told to get DNA test that is an NIPT test. Is it important? If level 1 and the double marker are fine then DNA and NIPT test should also ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prabha Ranjan

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Double marker, level 1 scan and NIPT (non-invasive prenatal testing) all are screening test and not diagnostic. They just suggest a possibility of the disease. So, if both the testsare normal you can avoid taking NIPT test. It is not a compulsory test and again a s...  Read Full »

What do the orange spots on my fetal ultrasound scan mean?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a fimbrial ectopic pregnancy in my left tube. I received my internal ultrasound pictures but do not know how to read them. I am wondering what the orange spots are meaning on my ultrasound and where the fetus would be? I was told it was about 2 cm.  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Radiodiagnosis Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity) An ectopic pregnancy happens when the fetus starts developing at a location other than the uterus. In your case, the pregnancy is developing at the end of the left tube which is called the...  Read Full »

Why are the movements of my baby not felt?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is in the 25th week of pregnancy and she is not feeling the movements of the baby as she did before. The movements have come down to eight to 10 times in the last 24 hours. We are very tensed now. Please suggest us what to do.  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me start by saying that the baby is fine. First, understand that pregnancy is not a disease. What I mean is, as long as you do not have any medical or obstetric illness, the baby will not have any problem. Presently, your baby is in the world's best NICU (neonatal ...  Read Full »

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