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Baby Movements

Pregnancy for first timers is a time full of excitement, confusion and nervousness. When you feel the flutters of your baby for the first time in your tummy you can actually feel the life moving within you. Also they are a reassurance of the baby’s development within you.

When will I feel the first movement of my baby?

The feeling of the initial flutters in your womb is a landmark in you pregnancy term. In case of first pregnancy you will not realise that those gentle fluttering sensations in your belly are your baby’s movements. These feeling are known as quickening. You may start getting aware of them when you are 18 to 20 weeks pregnant or later. During the second pregnancy some women can feel the movements as early as 13 weeks. You are most likely to feel the movements of your baby when you’re in a quiet position, either sitting or lying down.

What does the baby kicking or movements feel like?

Every pregnant woman has a different explanation to how the movements of the baby in the womb feel. Some say it feels like butterflies, nervous twitches or a tumbling motion. Initially you may find it difficult to determine the movements of your baby. Women in their second pregnancy are more efficient at realizing these sensations. They can easily distinguish them from the sensations due to gas, hunger pangs and other internal motions. However, in the second and third trimesters you will be able to distinguish the movements like strong kicks, jabs and elbows.

What does my baby do in there?

With the help of Ultrasound scans we come to know of what the baby is doing and when. Most of the movements begin much before you can get aware of them.

•    During the seven to eight weeks your baby starts with general movements like bending sideways and startling
•    In the ninth week your baby hiccups, moves an arm or leg on its own and sucks and swallows
•    In the 10th week of pregnancy your baby begins to flex and rotate his head, bring his hands up to touch his face, open his jaw and stretch
•    At 11 weeks the baby can yawn
•    14 weeks, the baby can move his eyes

Slowly and steadily your baby’s movements begin to get strong enough to feel it. Soon you’ll get used to him/her thumping or kicking as he stretches out his limbs. Also it is important to know that the baby may not always keep moving. There are times when the baby just wants to rest or sleep. Towards the end of pregnancy your baby will rest for around 45 minutes at a time.

How often should I feel the baby kicking?

During the early stage of your pregnancy you may not be able to make out the movement of your baby. But around the second and third trimester you can start feeling the sensations really strong. As per research around the third trimester your baby kicks around thirty times in an hour. Also babies have a certain period during which they are most active as they alternate between wakefulness and sleep.

I haven’t felt my baby kick today, should I be worried?

In case you are concentrating on something else; it is possible that you miss to notice the baby’s movements. If you want to reassure the movements of your baby, you can try the following methods –

•    Try putting up your legs and relaxing. Babies sometimes tend to sleep when you keep moving around. They may tend to wake up when you stop.
•    Lie down on your side and stay still. This also helps you to focus on the movements of your baby.
•    Drink something really cold. The change in the temperature felt by your baby will instigate it to move away from it.
•    Play loud music, slam the doors or something that makes a loud noise and check if the baby responds to it or not

In case your baby starts moving then may be all is well. But remember to keep an eye on the movements from now on. Also do not put off seeking help for such problems.

When should I see the doctor?
You need to contact you care provider when your baby does not move and respond to the noise or some other stimulus and when there is noticeable decrease in the movements of your baby. Decrease in the body movements of the baby may be the sign that he/she is not getting enough nutrients or oxygen through the placenta. In case this is detected you will be advised to take the required treatment for it.