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    Melinda Guest

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    The placenta is at the front with this PG and it's getting me down because I can't really feel much.....maybe every few days I might feel something briefly.



    With Jacob, the placenta was at the back and I was feeling HEAPS of movement.

    Does it get anybody else down? Do you worry that something's wrong because you can't feel much?!

    Argh......I've got enough to worry about without this! Eeek!

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    Melinda - I can totally relate, DD's placenta was huge and anterior and this baby's placenta is the same apparently. Although I am getting more flutters this time around on my right side. It is worrying. I particularly hate the first thing in the morning "nothing" feeling.

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    melinda

    all 3 of my pregnancies i have carried the placenta at the front, so i have never really experienced the whole huge kick thing and body parts sticking out etc etc, it has been really hard for my dh even to feel movement. it stressed me big time with my first but i got used to it after that, my only problem was my ob was extra careful and sent me for monitoring every 2nd day in the later part of my pregnancies just to make sure all was a okay in there. as i got bigger the movements were alot hard to feel and i was forever crunching on ice or cold lemonade just to get the thing moving lol. i had to really concentrate hard to feel movements - i guess in a way i am lucky cause i don't know any different.

    but yes it can stress you out, try not to worry

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    Melinda,

    I too have an anterior Placenta and at first i couldnt feel much but now i feel heaps of kicks, mainly around the sides and the top but i definitley feel heaps and dont feel like im missing out at all!

    Give it a bit longer and those kicks will become stronger!!

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    Thanks for your replies everyone! I appreciate it!

    Can anybody tell me if whether having an anterior placenta affects your ability to detect the baby's HB via doppler? A dear friend of mine (you know who you are!) has so very kindly offered to lend me her doppler.

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    Mel,

    Charlie's placenta was anterior and I felt less kicks. (olivia's had been posterior) But my OB here in Adelaide & his midwives used a doppler on me for each visit (after about 5 months) and I could always hear the HB as clear as anything (even through my "maternal padding", LOL!)

    The other thing to bear in mind, as frustrating as it is, is that I found I felt less kicks/movement anyway, because I was less focused on myself and more running round with Olivia.....so you may find you miss out of seeling all the movements anyways, becasue of focussing of Jacob? (Sad but true with subsequent pregnancies I think?) Dunno.........

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    My 2nd was at the front also. I didn't feel any movement from him till about 22 weeks. But as I got further into the PG he let me know he was there. It was nothing like my first but Glenn liked to put his feet & arms & bum out on my side.
    I never noticed a difference with finding the HB either.

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    I just found out this morning that my placenta is anterior as well.
    I kind of suspected it - I've been using a doppler and seem to pick up my own bloodflow along with the baby's alot more than I recall having with Emily (her placenta was at the back).
    But I've really had no problems with finding the heartbeat, have been listening since 12w
    I've also felt some movement - just little flutters - so I'm wondering if maybe it's off to the side a little.
    I understand though because I was bummed when he told me this, I really LOVED feeling my daughter moving and watching her body bits poke out near the end

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    Hi Melinda,

    My placenta is Anterior too and I did not feel a lot of movements till after 22 weeks pregnant. I found it hard to detect the babies heartbeat from 12 weeks as well, but that could have been because I had no Idea what I was doing. As the baby gets larger it is easier to detect. Also. if your baby keeps moving it is hard to hear the hearbeat.

    Hope this helps. Try not to worry too much and have the doppler handy if you are paranoid at any stage.

    good luck

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    Awwwww Mel, I know what you are going through, my placenta was in exactly the same spot and I didn't get much movement either, no REALLY big kicks like I was hoping for which was a bit disapointing. No one ever seemed to have trouble finding Jonah with a doppler so that should be ok, but I guess you should be careful using one on your own I think they make you freak out too much if you can't find it. Big cuddles from Me and Jonah though, maybe so sloppy kisses too, from Jonah not me

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    Oh how I can relate to this topic of converstion and isn't it enough to do your head in!!
    On top of having an anterior placenta I have too much amniotic fluid, which basciclly means my little one is bouncing around in the space, so I do not feel much at all...The only thing keeping me going is my frequent Ob visits and specialist ultrasounds (given my history!!)
    I hired a doppler, and from 12 weeks have had no problem finding a heartbeat, even given the placental position and excess fluid....it can be very reassuring. I usually check it tin the morning and it lets you start your day without too much worry, if you know bubs is ok.
    Take care

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    This pregnancy my placenta is posterier.I found out at my last OB appointment that my 1st pregnancy it was anterior.I didnt notice anything but she didnt stop moving and kicked me heaps.Im opposite and worried now,it was quite bad with my first im wondering without the padding will it hurt more! 8-[

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    Tanya, don't feel guilty!

    When I was pg with Olivia I could feel every turn and every roll and from about 34 weeks it felt like she was having a permanant party!

    But with Charlie, it was SO gentle and his movements were so inobtrusive, I never had any clue what he was up to and had to really concentrate of feeling the movements, even at 38 weeks........

    (I also think that I had so much amniotic fluid around him that it felt like a little goldfish in a big pond, rather than a little crocodile in a puddle, IYKWIM? LOL!)

    Either way, don't feel guilty.......

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