Q&A: Could an internal exam harm my unborn baby?
I am 19-weeks pregnant and recently had a check-up with my Naturopath. During the exam, the doctor said she wanted to feel the baby's movement and pressed very deep into my uterus to feel the "fluttering" of the baby. This was uncomfortable for me because of the amount of pressure she used. Because I couldn't feel the baby moving, she tried to make him/her move by lifting the bottom of my uterus (I still didn't feel the baby). I didn't have any discomfort after the exam, but I'm worried that this might have harmed the baby. Could all this movement hurt my baby in any way?
It’s very difficult to hurt a baby with this type of thing, even on purpose. Think of the mechanical jostling that intercourse causes! In the absence of any bleeding afterward, I would say you don’t have a thing to worry about. I am curious, though, why she was so aggressive when merely waiting another couple of weeks would allow you to report the fluttering yourself. What was the urgency? Oh, well.
Most women first feel the fluttering (“quickening”) by about 20–22 weeks, so you’re still in the bell curve of normal.