Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well. Most women usually begin to feel their baby move between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. A baby's movement can be described as anything from a kick, flutter, swish or roll. The type of movement may change as your pregnancy progresses. From 24 weeks to 32 weeks these movements become more frequent and from 32 weeks you should notice that your baby has developed a regular pattern which then stays roughly the same until you give birth.
It’s important to recognise if your baby becomes less active or stops moving.
A reduction in a baby's movements can be an important warning sign that a baby is unwell. Do not wait for your next midwife appointment. Seek advice immediately via your local maternity unit.
Midwives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there is always a midwife available at night time.
Croydon Hospital - 0208 401 3853
Epsom Hospital - 0300 123 5473
Kingston Hospital - 0208 934 2802
St. George's Hospital - 0208 725 2777
St. Helier Hospital - 0208 296 3124
If you have no red or amber signs
Your local maternity unit is staffed 24 hours a day with obstetrician s and midwives to help care for you, your baby and your pregnancy related health concerns. For some AMBER concerns it may be possible to be seen in a midwifery led unit if it is more convenient for you. For health concerns that are not related to your pregnancy you are advised to see your GP, call NHS 111 out of hours, or attend A&E if it is an emergency.
To find the contact numbers for your local maternity unit, please click here.
Whilst you may have individual contact details for your community midwife, if you are concerned about your pregnancy we advise you call the maternity unit on the numbers provided because staff are available 24 hours a day. Please do not leave urgent voicemails or text on a community midwife’s phone.
GPs assess, treat and manage a whole range of health problems. They also provide health education, give vaccinations and can arrange referral to a hospital specialist should you need it. Whilst pregnant, you will have regular appointments with a midwife but it is still important to continue with any ongoing care from your GP.
NHS 111 can ask you questions to assess your symptoms, give you advice or can put you in touch with a GP out of usual working hours.
A&E departments provide vital care for life threatening emergencies, such as suspected heart attack or breathing difficulties. If you are not sure it’s an emergency, call 111 for advice.