First-time moms are often caught by surprise when they first feel the baby's movement. Most of them expect heavy punches with leg outlines on their tummies as depicted in memes on the Internet. This is often misleading as the expected punches turn out to be a lot less severe.
Pregnancy is a lot more than just carrying a baby for nine months. It is a constant interpretation and monitoring to ensure that we get to hold our baby after the long months of pregnancy. Pregnancy Birth Baby points, baby movement is the most important aspect of any pregnancy as those who have been there will attest, the lack or presence of baby movement will point to the health or distress of the unborn baby.
Doctors tell us that the best way to easily find out whether the baby is still okay and to fight anxiety over the pregnancy is to count the baby kicks. As long as the baby remains active throughout the day, then one should know that all is well. Different baby movements mean different things and knowing how to interpret them will serve the expectant mother well. Mothers should also know that sometimes, just like mom, the baby falls asleep and there is no movement and that this too, is quite normal.
The first baby movement is not a punch or a kick as the baby is still fairly tiny. What one feels though is a fluttering in the tummy akin to a butterfly flapping its wings. American Pregnancy published, during pregnancy, mothers tend to get a lot gassier than usual and often not over something they ate.
For most first-time moms, this flutter happens around the 16-week mark. Most first-time moms may miss this first kick as it is often mistaken for gas. Even for the seasoned moms, this first flutter goes unnoticed since, just like labor, what happened during a woman’s pregnancy tends to be forgotten before the next baby
The first baby kicks come in different tempos and different people interpret them differently. According to Lansinoh, the baby kicks may sometimes feel like someone is tapping inside the stomach. This gentle tap is akin to a soft knock happening inside the uterine wall. This movement too can be missed, but for those who are waiting for the reassuring tap, it comes as a welcome surprise.
This feeble tapping is as a result of the baby's tiny size cushioned by the uterine wall, the placenta, and all the like. All these layers also help in protecting the baby, but they also act as a cushion for mom against the severity of the punches.
Ouch! What was that! As the baby gets stronger and slightly bigger, one begins to feel the jab. According to Happy Handstand, “You can get a sense of how big your baby is when you feel a kick close to your belly button and feel its reverse reaction on the lower part of your pelvic bone.
“Although your belly is growing to accommodate your baby, he or she will start to be a little cramped sooner or later, and these kicks can become more violent and sometimes even jolting enough to take your breath away or stop you in your tracks.”
As the baby gets bigger, he gains the ability to punch and kick. This is because his limbs are now grown and as he stretches, he gives mum a punch from inside. These punches are not painful and are therefore not cause for concern.
They can, however, be a little uncomfortable as the baby prefers to do the stretching, punching, and kicking during the night because that is when he is awake. As mom works and goes on with her daily chores, the movement rocks the baby to sleep, but when she lies down to rest, the baby comes awake, mentions Live Science. An indication of what mom should expect when the baby is born.
Baby kicks don’t all come as kicks as there are those “kicks” that feel more like a tummy roll. When babies are in the womb, they roll a lot as opposed to actual kicks. When the baby is rolling around in the stomach, the movement is quite visible on the stomach and is a sight to behold, points NDRI.
For most of us, the first time we saw this, we were left in awe at the wonders of Mother Nature. This rolling around that feels like a water wave or a gentle massage is quite reassuring and is most likely the baby’s bum making a dent on the stomach.
With time, the baby will get even bigger and at this time, the space in the uterus will get smaller and he will feel a bit cramped. About Kids Health points, this limited space leaves the baby with no wiggle room and it is for this reason that he starts to squirm and roll around as he can no longer kick and box.
If you want to know the position of the baby, feel for the baby’s movement and if the movement is closer to the rib cage it means his head is down. For pressure in the groin, while you walk that gives the sensation of the baby falling out, the baby is in breach.
We all know that tickling feeling. Some of us love it, but for others, not so much. Modern Mom publishes, babies tickle too, but from the inside. If you are one of those who hates the tickling sensation that makes you laugh uncontrollably, then you will not like this sensation at all.
The tickling can be even worse when you are walking around on the streets or seated somewhere in a restaurant having a drink and suddenly the baby decides to tickle and you wind up giggling on your own. This tickling is probably the baby having some fun in the womb by blowing bubbles with the amniotic fluid.
There is that feeling in the womb that feels as if someone is popping gum. This feeling is almost like a tickle, but it is a little different. If you get the feeling of someone popping popcorn inside your tummy, don’t fret, the baby doesn’t have a kernel of popcorn in there.
What is happening is that the baby is probably experiencing some hiccups. Baby Centre points that babies in the womb swallow amniotic fluid and just like we do, they too get hiccups. When a baby gets a hiccup, it is a sign that the baby's digestive system is working well. There is nothing one can do to help with the baby's hiccups, but not to worry. The baby is not in pain.
The feeling of vibrations in the tummy can be a little worrying with most mothers rushing to the hospital to get things checked out. This can be even more worrying for those who missed the milder sensations and more so to the first-time moms who are expecting a kick to the tummy.
Feeling some vibrations in the stomach should actually be reassuring to the mother. According to Parents, lack of movement or feeling no sensation is a sign of matters not being quite right. Seasoned mothers actually stimulate the vibrations by drinking something cold to make the baby move if he has been especially dormant. This vibration is a reaction to changes in temperature.
Spasms are sometimes unexpected and scary, but they are quite normal. Health Line mentions, getting spasms is probably the baby getting hiccups. The fetal hiccups are quite different from normal hiccups, but they too happen spontaneously. Babies can hiccup several times a day and this is normal and often times, they go unnoticed.
Because pregnancy is different for every woman, the sensation is also not the same. For some women, it feels as if there are shakes or an earthquake with spastic movements inside the belly. This can be coupled with the baby’s frustration that makes him stretch and thrust around in the womb.
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When the baby is uncomfortable, he has no qualms showing it or letting you know about it. This is where he rolls, punches and kicks with such force that mommy has to pause for a bit to get her breath back. It almost feels as if the baby wants to jump out of the womb.
The Bump points that this can happen when he has hiccups or when he is a bit cramped; mainly when he has grown larger. The frustration is the reason the baby gets violent as a way to express himself. Changing positions or having a nice massage or a warm bath may help shift the baby's position, easing his frustration.
During the last weeks of pregnancy, the baby shifts his position and faces down in readiness for birth. The baby bump also drops and the head goes very near the groin, mentions Kid Simplified. At this time, there may not be any specific movement, but the pressure on the pelvis or the ribcage, depending on whether the baby is in breach or low lying can be out of this world.
As one walks around during this time, there is the sensation that one wrong step the baby will drop to the floor. There is no risk of this and even though the trips to the bathroom will go up, mom should rest assured that the baby will not be born in the bathroom.
While seasoned moms can feel the movements a lot earlier, most first-time moms have to wait a lot longer to even feel them and sometimes, this sensation escapes them.
According to Mama Natural, “When will you feel quickening in pregnancy? Well, the easy and vague answer is: sometime between 16 weeks and 25 weeks. When exactly you notice those first fetal movements varies from mama to mama and pregnancy to pregnancy. First-time moms may not notice movement until closer to 25 weeks, or may not know for sure if what they’re feeling is really a baby. Experienced moms tend to notice sooner.”
This one often feels like one is being elbowed out of the way. It may be the first discernible kick a woman feels, probably as she lies down to rest. Almost as if the baby is announcing his presence. For most mothers, this often happens when the baby is running out of room and needs to wiggle around.
The baby could be stretching or just trying to adjust his position and in the process, he will accidentally nudge you, points Fit Pregnancy. These nudges, for most people, happen during the second trimester and it is almost as if the baby is saying, “Hey, I am here”.
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It has been a long journey and it would be a shame if something was to go wrong at this time. According to Very Well Family, “In some cases, the decreased movement may be an early warning sign of a condition that could lead to stillbirth, so it is absolutely best to err on the side of caution.
If you're not sure whether your baby is moving less, try counting your baby's kicks over two hours at a time when your baby is usually active. If she usually starts kicking after you eat, for example, have a snack and then lie down for a few hours while counting the number of times you feel her kick.”
5 A Shock In The Groin
Those who have been here know this sensation. One minute you are walking around all happy without a care in the world then this sharp electric shock goes through your groin and you get one of those “Oops” moments. If you find yourself suddenly needing to carry a change of underwear, this means that the baby is now downward facing and is ready to come into the world.
We Have Kids says, because his head is lower in the birth canal, the bladder is somewhat squeezed and the bathroom trips increase. Sometimes this pain can be too much and mom finds she needs to sit or lie down to try and shift the baby. If the pain is too much to handle, see your doctor.
There are those incidences of no movement, but this is a lot different from total silence. This is two or more hours of a peaceful lull that leaves the mother feeling comfortable and light. Whenever the baby seems this peaceful, it is probable that he is sleeping, something that happens whenever mom is moving around or walking. Her body movements somehow rock the baby to sleep and this can give the mother a feeling of absolute peace.
According to Parenting, “Through ultrasound tests, researchers have seen evidence that babies in utero experience rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is associated with dreaming, at around 32 to 36 weeks. No one knows whether they're actually dreaming since their brain waves can't yet be monitored, but doctors believe that it's certainly possible.” This lull should not go the whole day and mom should monitor it to rule out any problem with the baby. If it goes for long, consult your doctor within the first 24 hours.
There are those times when a mom feels as if she has a water slide inside her tummy and baby is enjoying his time acting like a little wiggly fish. While most people never mention the sliding sensation, instead preferring to call it kicking.
This is also a normal part of pregnancy and for those with little kids, or even a partner, this may be a great time to have them feel the wonders of pregnancy by sharing the sensation with them. When this happens, it means the baby is experiencing joy; something we all feel and the baby feels too in the confines of the womb.
Research shows that babies respond to sound and even light in vitro. This sound could be that of the partner or even the gentle lull of mommy's voice. There are mothers who introduce their babies to music and this too has an effect on the baby. Mom will notice that the baby makes a jumping sensation whenever her partner talks or whenever she sings to him. The music one plays also stimulates the baby and she seems to prefer it even after birth.
According to Independent, “Most of the ear structures required to pick up sound are formed by week 16. There's also some evidence to suggest babies learn to recognize and react to mom's voice while inside the womb.”
If you feel like there is a kickboxing match in there with nudges up and then lower, it could be the baby is doing some summersaults. For those who are expecting boys, the number of times you will scream “don’t do that” will be many and more so once the baby discovers how to do his summersaults.
Modern Mom points, it now emerges that this is a skill the baby acquires in the womb as some babies can be seen doing some flips and flops in the womb in an ultrasound. This is the baby's way of playing and exploring the environment around him, as well as himself.