Not all babies are the same. Some are relatively quieter and others seem to love acrobatics. Some babies kick like crazy, others make you feel flutters. Yet, few others have swish or rolling baby movements.
How Often Should Baby Be Moving?
A mom can experience different movements during different pregnancies. If you’re at a baby planning stage, you can speak to moms with more than one kid and they’d tell you the same. Also, some mothers can experience more baby movement during the certain time of the day. For instance, some babies start kicking right after dinner and others wouldn’t let you sleep just when its bedtime. Among other factors, baby’s position and the location of the placenta can affect the amount of baby movement that you feel.
Find Out what’s Normal In Case of Your Pregnancy
A simple pregnancy planning tip, therefore, is to know that the little one growing inside you will have periods when s/he is most active followed by durations when there’s little or no activity. You need to find out what’s ‘normal’ in your pregnancy, to be precise. There is no ‘standard benchmark’ that you should stick to. If you pay attention, you will begin to understand when the baby is sleeping or when it’s in a mood for some physical movement. With time, you will discover the pattern of movements that’s unique to your baby.
Most guides detailing pregnancy planning tips state that from 16-24 weeks on, you are likely to feel an increasing amount of baby movement. This goes on until around the 32nd week of pregnancy and after that, it remains roughly at the same level until the day your newborn baby is in your arms. It is not correct to say that baby movements reduce by the end of pregnancy.
What If the Baby Is Moving Less than ‘Normal’?
Do not get worried if the baby is moving less than ‘normal’ or hasn’t registered any noticeable movements for a while.
Have a glass of juice (or some cold, healthy beverage as per the diet regime or precaution list prescribed by your gynecologist) and relax in a quiet room with no distractions such as music, smartphones, television, laptop, etc. Lie down and start counting the kicks by placing your hand over the bump. Count all kicks one by one to find the duration taken to feel 10 kicks in total.
If around two hours have passed and you do not feel any movement, Bumpnmum recommends that you call your gynecologist for consultation or schedule a visit.
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Please keep in mind that not feeling 10 or more baby movements in a period of one or two hours doesn’t necessarily imply a complication. It is possible that the baby is dozing off or s/he is positioned in such a way that you cannot feel her or his movements.
In some cases, a reduction in baby movement could be an important sign which if detected early, can help determine if the baby is unwell. So, it’s advisable to ring a midwife, nurse at the maternity home, or a doctor. If the need be, you may need to undergo some tests to ascertain the cause. In any case, do not rely on phone apps or handheld monitors for analysis. Always look out for a trusted professional.
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