“ Oh, the baby kicked” - a phrase/sentence that not only excites the mother but the whole tribe around her. It’s like a sign for everyone that the baby is alive and kicking. While, as much as it is important for a baby to kick, there can be two contrasting pictures to this - where one mother can be seemed alarmed and nervous about her baby not kicking as much as a normal baby would and on the other hand the other a mother might end up fearing too much movent of the baby.
So, what really is NORMAL?
Let’s figure it out together.
QUICKENING is a beautiful description of the first time the mother feels her baby moving inside her. Those first movements feel like little butterflies randomly fluttering their wings inside your womb. The quickening can occur anytime between 16-22 weeks of pregnancy. Once you feel the early motions, you may not necessarily feel them every day until after about 24 weeks. If you are not feeling the baby move every day by 24 weeks notify your provider.
Every child is his/her own individual, sometimes starting in the womb. If you are in any way planning to compare your current pregnancy with the earlier one or you are planning to rather listen to your friends and family regarding the same and compare yours with theirs, then I have an alternate option for you. COUNT the kicks. Again, if there is one active hour each day, the baby’s movements are fine.
Understand the importance of recording your baby’s movements or kick counts. After 28 weeks, your baby should move at least 10 times in two hours, once a day. The baby does not need to move 10 times EVERY two hours, but he/she should have a couple of active hours each day. If the baby stops moving, it could be an early sign that he is in distress. The baby may be tangled in the cord or you may have too little amniotic fluid. These complications can be very serious. If you haven't felt your baby moving normally, then drink some fruit juice and rest on your left side for 2 hours and pay close attention to his/her activity. If you do not get 10 distinct movements or kicks in that time (or over the two hours) call your Gyno Friend right away.
DID YOU KNOW that a rhythmic movement that occurs every couple seconds is likely the baby hiccupping. This feeling can sometimes be discomfiting, but it’s actually a normal part of a baby’s evolution and a reassuring sign that the baby is totally fit.
Parents usually fret over their babies moving at night and today are moving in the morning or inversely. PLEASE NOTE - Your baby is not on a schedule in the tummy. Again, having one active hour a day – or night – is what is important. It doesn’t need to be the same hour each day.
As your pregnancy advances and baby grows, the little wonder may begin to run out of the paradise. The intensity of movements may decrease. He should still be active, but he may not be able to perform his more elaborate MMA moves.
Lastly, mind you that just like each child is different, the movements are going to vary as well. DO NOT COMPARE it with any of your earlier pregnancies or that of friend’s. As you are different from everyone that you know in your life, your pregnancy would be too. I still wish you a very happy PREGNANCY though.