Babies during their prenatal life move a lot in the womb. These movements are very important for a variety of reasons, but above all the way they move can give us some very important information on how the pregnancy is progressing.
Pregnancy is a truly extraordinary experience. As the baby grows and develops, the body of the expectant mother also changes. It is a wonderful experience that has peaks of involvement on some occasions, such as when you hear it kick for the first time. The more days have passed since that first time, the more he will feel moving and kicking. But when do I have to hear it? How often? And when do I have to worry?
When will I start to feel kicking in my belly?
Fetal movements begin very early but, given the small size of the baby we carry, we cannot feel them early.
Most women will hear the first typical fetal movements between eighteen and twenty-two weeks of pregnancy, although in some pregnancies, mothers, especially if they are not the first experience, can feel their baby move as early as fourteen weeks.
The first rule is not to worry if pregnant friends feel it before you do because there are some factors that can influence the period in which you feel the movements, such as the position of the placenta.
If the placenta faces the front of the body, it can cushion the baby’s movements. If, on the other hand, the placenta is facing the back of the body, it will not cushion the kicks, and will give the possibility to feel the baby’s movements in the early stages of pregnancy.
When you begin to feel the baby kick, you can record the event in a diary, both to keep the memory of it and to communicate it to the gynecologist or midwife during check-ups.
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How often should I feel the movements?
After hearing the baby kick for the first time, the next question arises: how often should I feel the movements?
According to Tommy’s British association, which for years has been engaged in pioneering research into the causes of perinatal death, preterm birth and miscarriage, there is a normal number of kicks that a mother should expect to feel during the day.
However, it is not a unique number because every baby is different and every mother has a different routine. For example, if you don’t feel your baby kicking during the day, it may be because you rock your baby bump as you walk. Hence, it is normal for women who work standing to feel the movements from their little one more during the night.
It is therefore important that every expectant mother learns to recognize her baby’s kicks and movements, to understand when they are normal and when not..
Not all movements are the same, some are related to attempts to position yourself better, other times they are stretches of the arms and legs. Gradually we learn to recognize these differences too.
How do I know if it is a football for my child?
A very common question among expectant mothers and mothers in early pregnancy is how the baby’s kicks and movements will feel. Although all children’s movements are different and can be different for each expectant mother, the testimonies we have collected over the years, say that the baby’s movements will initially feel like a flapping of wings, similar to the sensation of having “butterflies in the stomach”.
The baby’s movements can also convey the sensation of having “waves in the stomach” as if a little fish were swimming in there. As the baby grows, the fetal movements become more evident and decisive and at some point it will be possible to literally see the movements, as in this beautiful video:
Regardless of how movement feels or looks, we are sure that a smile will accompany every opportunity for interaction with the little tenant.
We remind you that the baby’s rhythms and patterns can vary according to their state of activity and sleep-wake rhythms. Also, it is important to remember that since every child is different, the movements should not be compared with other previous pregnancies or with the fetal movements of friends’ pregnancies.
What if it doesn’t feel moving?
All of us pregnant women care about the health of the baby we carry. We take care of ourselves not only to feel good ourselves but to try to guarantee health even to the little one, which we are making grow inside of us
According to Web MD, if you don’t feel your baby move within 25 weeks, you shouldn’t panic as some babies naturally move less than others. In any case, an extra reassurance check, in our opinion, doesn’t hurt.
As pregnancy progresses, you learn to recognize the baby’s movements, learn to identify when they are most active and when they are least. .
A myth about fetal movement is that the closer to delivery the less movement should be felt. It is very wrong! The baby will continue to move until labor and delivery. Then, if at any time you do not feel the baby kick or no longer feel it move as before, it is best to contact your doctor to do a check. Some women also use the fetal movement counting method: if you can’t feel the baby move eight to ten times within a two-hour period, call your doctor.