The baby's activity level in your womb is what is known as the fetal kick. The movements and kicks you can feel varies throughout the pregnancy. Here's what to expect when it comes to fetal movement. Feeling these things done by your baby is one of pregnancy's thrills. There is no other proof that a baby is growing in your belly.
Fetal movement during pregnancy is very important and it start at 14 to16 weeks of pregnancy which is known as quickening and this can drive a mom crszy as to whether the baby is kicking well or not.
Although every baby is different when it comes to fetal movement and there's a wide range of what's normal, it helps to take a look into how your baby is doing or what's actually happening to him in there.
During the first trimester your baby is far too tinny to start kicking so pregnant women are taking through counselling to relieve them of their anxiety.
During the second trimester, this is when most of the part are developed and kicking sucking and movements start. This is when pregnant women are suppose to expect movements and kicking from their growing baby in their womb.
From the third trimester onwards, it’s a bit packed in the womb. You can expect to feel fetal activity every day for the rest of your pregnancy.
When you're most likely to feel movement
During the day, the motion of your own body can make your baby sleep and you're often focused on so many other things when you're up and about. You find that baby is more active when:
-When you're relaxed and you're giving your pregnancy much attention, you're also more likely to be aware of what the baby is up to.
-After you break for snacks. The surge in your blood sugar may give your baby a rush of energy.
-When the pregnant woman becomes nervous. Adrenaline can have the same effect and give your little one a boost of energy too.
How to counting baby’s kicks.
To ensure that everything is progressing well, your will be asked to count your baby's kicks or movements, starting in week 28 through the end of your pregnancy. This is what to do;
How often does my baby kick.
Set aside some quiet time twice a day to count kicks, once in the morning, when fetal kicks and punches tend to be less frequent, and once in the more active evening hours, when there's usually an increase in baby's movement.
What to do during the kicks.
To start you will need a pen, small note book and a clock. Check the clock and start counting. Count movements of any kind, the kind you feel. Stop counting when you reach 10, and write the time down.
What to Look out for.
10 movements of any kind in an hour is normal, though sometimes it will take longer.
What to do if you have not felt 10 movements within an hour:
Have a snack or some fruit juice, lie down, and continue counting. If it takes more than two hours to reach 10, contact your midwife. Though the absence of activity doesn’t necessarily mean something’s wrong, but you have to be vigilant at all times for just incase.
What to keep in mind.
The closer you are to your due date, the more important regular checking of fetal movements becomes. By month 9, you’ll want to count several times a day and get in touch with your midwife in case you notice a sudden decrease in movement.
In all these cases, you should be able to spice things up with a snack, which usually arouses the baby. If you don't feel 10 movements within two hours, however, contact your midwife immediately. He or she might bring you in for some monitoring just to make sure everything is okay.
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