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Week 30

Now maybe it has become clearer and easier to find a pattern for how your baby moves, is it every time you eat something? Every time you rest? Or when you lie down in a certain position?

Sometimes you may experience rhythmic movements from the stomach and this may mean that the baby has hiccups. When the baby's respiratory muscles develop or when the baby practices swallowing, hiccups may occur. These are two completely normal and very good things, so if you feel these rhythmic movements remember that it is a hiccup and nothing to worry about.

Not feeling your baby move as usual and experiencing anxiety about fetal movements is something many people feel during pregnancy. It is often difficult to know what is normal and when to seek care. In general, it can be said that if you experience that your baby moves less or has a feeling that something is deviating or being irregular, you should seek care. You can call directly to the clinic you plan to give birth at. The midwife who answers the phone will help you. The baby should follow its own pattern and the movements should be as strong as you are normally used to. You should feel your baby clearly a few times a day, so do not hesitate to contact us if you are worried about your baby's movements.

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