In the third trimester of pregnancy, your baby’s movements in the belly are a daily company, both day and night.
Mothers learn to recognize the movements of their babies they carry in their womb, distinguishing when they kick or when they have hiccups, in short, they learn what gradually becomes a routine in the belly, and changes in this routine must be monitored.
As Claudia Ravaldi of CiaoLapo.it reminds us
Fetal movement studies agree that baby movements are unique to each baby and DO NOT change at term of pregnancy. They DO NOT decrease, they DO NOT weaken, they DO NOT increase.
International scholars ask mothers to consult an obstetrician and gynecologist in case they notice variations from the norm.
Trained midwives and doctors are able to appropriately accommodate the woman who notices a change in the baby’s movements, and assess the state of well-being appropriately
Concerns generally relate to a decline in usual movements, but hearing them “move too much” alarms mothers.
Is it normal for him to move so much? It is a very recurring question in the fertile period mothers’ groups.
The movements of the baby in the belly
The fetal movements we feel in pregnancy indicate that the baby is growing both in terms in size than in strength. Research, including this 2016 study, shows how expectant mothers can be attuned to their baby’s activity by understanding the variations in terms of:
- frequency of movement (less or more often than expected)
- intensity of movement (weaker or stronger than expected)
- duration of movement (shorter or longer than expected
- movement characteristics (a change from the usual mode, slower or faster than expected)
Can the baby move too much?
If the baby is very active in the baby bump, friends and family may tell you anecdotes and urban legends that a baby is active in the baby bump. results in an intelligent, talkative, or particularly athletic child. These links are largely unfounded.
Your doctor will explain that your child needs exercise to promote healthy bone and joint development. So this activity is probably a normal and healthy movement, and it has no correlation with the character or type of person it will become.
When are they most active in the belly?
Children are often most active at certain times of the day, for example after you have eaten or when you are lying in bed. (Conversely, your movement, such as that of a walk, can cause them to fall asleep).
And, if your stomach is full (and takes up more space), you may be able to feel that movement even more.
Each pregnancy is different
Remember that no two pregnancies are exactly alike. Friends and family can tell you stories about their pregnancies and compare their children’s activity level with yours. You yourself, in a previous pregnancy, may not have experienced the same level of activity.
All babies are different, but in most cases, an active child is a healthy child.
The strength from the child’s football
The first movements, which we typically feel around 18-20 weeks of pregnancy, are extremely exciting.
The first movements are light, like a flutter in the stomach, but gradually become stronger and stronger.
Many people don’t realize how strong a baby can be in the womb. A 2018 study estimated the average displacement of the uterine wall due to kicks: between 20 and 30 weeks of gestation, it is around 11 mm. The strength of fetal kicks increases significantly over time, from about 29 to 47 N between 20 and 30 weeks of pregnancy.
Counting the movements of the child
By the third trimester, your gynecologist will most likely ask you to monitor the baby’s movements.
He may suggest that you count the movements the child makes over a certain period of time (usually 10 minutes). This should be done at the same time every day so that you can monitor changes in usual activity.
A decrease in fetal movements
If the child becomes less active than usual, tell the doctor. A decrease in fetal movement can indicate a potential problem that the doctor needs to address in time.
If you cannot feel fetal movement after 22 weeks or if you experience a decrease in fetal movement at any time in the third trimester, talk to your gynecologist or midwife.
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Linde A, Georgsson S, Pettersson K, Holmström S, Norberg E, Rådestad I. Fetal movement in late pregnancy – a content analysis of women’s experiences of how their unborn baby moved less or differently. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016; 16 (1): 127. Published 2016 Jun 1. doi: 10.1186 / s12884-016-0922-z