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04/05/2012 at 16:00
This is just for anyone reading who was researching anterior placentas etc like I was when I first found out and was worried about not feeling movement. Hopefully more ppl will post so if you are led here in a google search, there will be variety of responses from women with different experiences that you can draw from. If not I hope at least my post has helped in some way. I'm 19weeks with my first pregnancy, anterior placenta, slim/normal build and I started feeling what I thought were flutters at 16weeks, only to dismiss it as a mistake when told by u/s operator at 17 weeks that my placenta position meant I wouldnt feel baby til much later. I thought I felt some kicking at the start of 18weeks but again dismissed it as it didnt noticeably repeat in a short amount of time. Then at 18weeks 6days I felt very undeniable kicks start that myself and others could feel from the outside that have been off and on since then, with more consistent tapping/fluttering in between which are only felt from the inside, tho there are periods where it either stops, becomes less noticeable due to strength/location of movement, or I am so active I am not in a position to notice it. However if I lay on my back/or sit in a reclining position and wait with my hands on my lower abdomen I can usually feel her kicking. I feel it more predominantly on one side, so that may be due to there being less concentration of placenta on that side, tho I have felt the movements all over at one stage or another.
I think if anyone reading this was disappointed at having discovered they have an anterior placenta, dont despair, trust your own feelings and take the time to sit and close your eyes and concentrate on what you feel, you may not feel it for a while (there may be other factors that delay it) but if you think you feel something, however slight, allow yourself to believe what you are feeling. And dont let it stop you from talking to your belly if you havent felt movement yet - your little one can still hear you in your second trimester!
06/05/2012 at 11:36
The feeling of movements/kicks can depend on how baby is laying as well as where the placenta is positioned & th size of your placenta. DD1 had an anterior placenta fairly low down so I didn't really feel her kicks until she turned head down at 24wks & then there was no stopping them. DD2 had a posterior placenta so I felt everything a lot sooner through my bump.
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