Good afternoon, and someone already evening or even morning! My special greetings to all pregnant readers, because today’s topic is again about them. Well, I love you, what to do, so I pay so much attention. I know how many future mothers sometimes have experiences, worries and questions. I will answer one of them today. Many ask: “When can you feel the movement of the fetus?”. My answer is this: everything is purely individual.
Experienced mummies will confirm: the time when they felt the first treasured push with a tiny pen or leg inside the tummy is different. Differences in a week or two with the rate of appearance of the first movements are considered insignificant. But about the norm itself, and when it is worthwhile to start worrying, if the baby is “sitting” too quietly, read on …
Early Movements: Is It Possible?
At the first pregnancy, it seems that the little life inside is about to make itself felt. Inexperienced girls already at week 12 are trying to catch some movement within themselves. And they do it! Only it is not the child that moves, but internal organs or accumulated gases are displaced due to the growing uterus. Understand that on such a short time the baby still swims inside the tummy, like a fish, and you just cannot feel its movements.
But when he becomes already cramped, namely, approximately from the 18th week of pregnancy, you yourself will understand. Either by the elbow, then by the head, then by the knee, it will “stretch” your tummy one way or the other. It is considered that the first-time mom should feel the first movements from 18 to 22 weeks. In the second pregnancy, the baby begins to move earlier – from week 16.
Why do repeated people feel their movements earlier? Well, firstly, their abdominal wall is already quite stretched and more sensitive. And secondly, they already know what the baby’s first movements look like. By the way, many people compare it with the “fluttering of a butterfly”, which only barely touches its belly walls with its “wings”.
During the third pregnancy, the baby moves about 15 weeks, possibly a little earlier. It is believed that stout women feel perturbations later than weights. This is due to the fact that the fatty layer on the stomach makes it difficult to clearly “hear” the crumbs of the signals.
How many weeks can you feel the already obvious, strong tremors of the baby? In the second trimester, that is, from about the 18th week, the movements of the child are still rather chaotic. He has not yet taken a certain position and “walks” in the amniotic fluid, therefore you will feel small shocks from different sides. Stronger movements, when you can already grope with your palm a bulging tiny knee or elbow, begin in the 3rd trimester.
Do not “beat” on the ribs, baby
At how many weeks does the baby finally get head down in the stomach (head presentation), or up (pelvic presentation) and does not change position anymore? After 32 weeks, the pussy will become clumsy, gaining weight, and it will be more difficult for him to move. True, get ready for active attacks by the legs in the right hypochondrium (with head previa) or … into the bladder (with pelvic).
Both are not pleasant, especially closer to childbirth. For me personally, my 4-pound son pushed immediately into the ribs and pressed his head down. I remember waking up at night from the fact that the child was missing and playing “football” inside me, kicking my bones. Yes, and always wanted to use the toilet, the bladder is disturbed. Almost always, the urge was false, in short, the kid was teasing me. So get ready, Mom.
Closer to the clans inside the belly, not the butterflies flit at all, but the little elephant-foals are pushing. In addition, children have the habit of often hiccuping, swallowing the amniotic fluid. I remember now: you are trying to fall asleep, only you cover your eyes, and the belly starts to shudder, as at the first shocks of an earthquake. When I talk about this little boy now, he laughs defiantly. And then I was not at all funny.
Before the birth itself, for two days, there is a noticeable calm. The kid no longer pushes, but freezes, as at the “start” before the race, more precisely, the “escape” that he is about to make. Although some lively ones, on the contrary, begin to move even more actively than before, they warm up, so to speak.
Are you moving normally
Many mothers wonder how much movement should be normal? This question is correct and very literate. The number of movements of a baby is an indicator of his normal vital activity in the womb. Therefore, consider! From the very beginning, from the first shocks, that is, from week 20 to 26, the baby will move infrequently, or rather, you will not always notice its activity. He’s still small.
From 26 to 28 weeks, the baby should move about 10 times every 2-3 hours. Doctors-gynecologists advise moms to keep a calendar of movements, where you need to note how many times the fetus moved in two hours. If the crumb “does not fulfill the norm,” and, for example, it does not move 10, but 6-7 times in a specified time, you should not worry.
When no movement is felt at all, you should change the position of the body, walk a little, eat something. It is proved that after eating the fruit is noticeably quickened. You need to be wary if the “lull” lasts more than 6 hours: immediately go to the doctor or call an ambulance.
The gynecologist will listen to the baby’s heart, it should beat with a frequency of 120-140 beats per minute (read the topic “Fetal heartbeat”). Even if the heart beats within the normal range, after listening to you, CTG (cardiotocography) will be done to you to determine if the baby has hypoxia.
Calm – a sign of hypoxia
If it is found that the child suffers from a lack of oxygen, the mother will be prescribed special medications to improve blood circulation and the supply of nutrients. Periodically they will again conduct CTG and Doppler. Unfortunately, it happens that all the measures taken do not help, and hypoxia begins to increase. Then emergency labor is prescribed so that the baby does not suffocate. Whether it is a cesarean section or vaginal delivery, the gynecologist will decide.
In order not to bring up to this and bring the baby to a fixed time, run to a doctor with the slightest doubt. Sometimes the delay can be too expensive. If the crumb sits in the stomach too quietly or, on the contrary, “arranges dances” around the clock, you should check that everything is in order!
Easy pregnancy and childbirth! Write in the comments how long you felt the first movements of your children, describe what these sensations were like for you. And now I say goodbye to you for a while, see you soon!