Feeling your baby kick and wriggle around is a sign they are well.
However you won’t start to feel movements until you are 16-24 weeks into your pregnancy. For a first time mum, it’s more likely to be the 24-week mark and for those who have experienced pregnancy before and know what to look out for, it is likely closer to the 16-week mark.
The movement of your baby may feel like a kick, flutter, swish or a tummy roll and the type of movement your feel will change as your pregnancy progresses and baby grows and gets bigger.
Many expectant mum’s worry about how many movements they should be feeling each day and
“…what is normal?”
There are however no set number of movements which are classed as “normal”. From the first time you feel your baby moving at that 16-24 week period, movements should then start to gradually increase more and more until around 32 weeks into your pregnancy, from this point in time they should stay the same until your baby is born.
So rather than counting the number of kicks you have felt during the day, it is more important to recognise what is a normal pattern of movements for your baby and if you notice any differences, such as a decrease in movement, then consider contacting your midwife or maternity unit for assessment.
If you’ve noticed your baby’s movements have slowed a little then go and lay down on the bed and place a hand on your tummy to see if you can feel any movements. Women used to be advised to drink cold water and coca cola to see if this
“…wakes the baby up.”
This is no longer recommended as it may give you indigestion or create gurgles in your stomach, which could give a false reassurance of your baby moving. If you can still feel no kicks or movements then contact your midwife or maternity unit. Do not put off calling until the next day or wait to see what happens and don’t worry about calling, as it is important for your doctor or midwife to know if baby’s movements have decreased.
It could simply be that baby was going through a sleepy period or had changed positions so the movements felt different. Women who have an anterior placenta can also find it a little more difficult to feel their baby’s movements as the placenta almost acts as a “cushion” between the uterus and your baby. Women with an anterior placenta are more likely to feel first movements later than those with their placenta in a different location and are also more likely to report reduced movements during their pregnancy.
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