thread: Fits Inutero

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    Fits Inutero

    For the last few weeks I have been experiencing fit like movements and they are getting more regular. Does anyone know what this is?


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    Sure they aren't hiccups?

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    When I was pregnant with DD I was sure she was having fits. I would feel jerky, twitchy movements all the time.
    When she was born i figured out what it was.. When she is falling asleep, and for about ten minutes into the sleep cycle, she twitches. Mostly in her hands, but her whole body jerks too. She still does it to this day (she is 11).
    Something similar? Mention it to your Dr or midwife if you're worried xx

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    I highly doubt they are hiccups. If you put your hand there, you can feel it shuddering constantly. My XDP thought it was his hand shaking at first but it happened when either of us put our hands there. That was the first time.

    I think most people twitch in their sleep and DS startles but I never felt anything like this with him.

    I know I'm probably just worrying over nothing but it has been getting worse.

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    I thought both DD's were doing the same, wasn't hiccups, it was very strange... And a seizure was the only way to describe it.
    Don't know what it was, but both girls have been fine.


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    Yep DD got this, she twitches a bit now in her sleep, possibly during REM, so I assume that's what I felt when she was back inside.

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    DS used to do this in-utero... my ob wasn't too concerned by it as all my scans had showed no signs of problems. For a few months after he was born he was very jumpy / twitchy / shaky and the MCHN said this was most likely what I was feeling... It settled with time


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    I thought both DD's were doing the same, wasn't hiccups, it was very strange... And a seizure was the only way to describe it.
    Don't know what it was, but both girls have been fine.

    This. My DD was the same but now she is born she hasn't had anything like fitting. It was very concerning when I was pregnant.

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    Bub does it even when it is active (I'm presuming awake)

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    I remember feeling those whilst pregnant with DD. My Obstetrician said that although it felt fit like that they probably weren't in reality, just normal movements that felt kind of odd due to positioning etc; he said it was quite common too. My DD is fine, she never really had anything I could attribute that sort of movement to once out in the world (doesn't move when asleep or anything) so who knows. It was pretty worrying though but I'm sure your bub is fine

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    This happened with our second and we were very concerned. Our mid said it was very very rare to have fits. It turns out he was actually having fits of laughter, it's the weirdest thing! Since he was born he would smile, chuckle and shake around. Noone had seen anything like it!
    I'm pretty sure you shouldn't be concerned, babies are so varied in how they act both in and out of the womb.

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    Both mine did that sort of thign too - kinda felt like they were vibrating all over for a moment.

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    DS would do that inutero and when he was born, everytime he stretched he would shake his little legs and arms. when i first saw that it made sense!

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    I know it has been a long time (~20months) but I thought that I would share with you that those "fits" inutero have continued into infancy and now toddlerhood. At 15.5mo, it still happens from a few minutes to a few hours, from a lip to a limb, to his whole body. These are with normal temps and not in a cold environment and goes seemingly unnoticed by him as he continues his activities apart from frustration with some slight discoordination.

    His blood glucose was done during an episode at KEMH when he was a newborn as they were highly concerned by his shaking. That episode begun in the nurses arms as we were in the testing room getting a blood test done to check on his jaundice levels. His glucose was slightly low but the nurse and the pead both agreed that it was not low enough to cause that type of a response. He did have bad jaundice though but that was also not placed as a cause. I think that with the avalanche of issues coinciding around that time and beyond (plus my lack of interest and observance of my child at the time due to PND&A which resulted in him being taken into care temporarily) his shivers went unrecorded and forgotten about for some time. They were noticed by myself and others during this time to varying degrees but they were just brushed aside as something a bit weird.
    Now that it has been going on for so long (and with me having noticed very well for several months now I do not have PND&A) and chatting with others about it and having them tell me what they have noticed, I am very concerned.

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    Can you ask to see a movement disorder specialist or pediatric neuro? Might be something like essential tremor (which can be very benign, and just go away or just be there in the background not really doing much)

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    I'll be booking him in to a doctor this week as before now I just assumed that sine it has been there so long that it can't be doing any harm but I have since been told that it can be a neurological disorder and the "fits" could be slowly damaging his brain and so that has gotten my butt into gear a bit more. Best case scenario is that it is just something that wont be a real impact on his life as he gets older and that may go away. What I'm most worried about is if it ties in with any of his other problems but I'll speak to his pead about that when I see her next

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    Re: Fits Inutero

    It was a neurological issue that usually resolves on its own. I cannot remember the last time my MrJ had an episode. He is 5 in a week or so