2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 03:30
Feeling a baby rolling, hiccuping, or seemingly dancing is one of the great pleasures of pregnancy. Here's What Happens In Your Big Waggling Tummy When Baby Moves A Lot!
At the beginning, we feel small jolts, easy to confuse with spasms of digestion. Then, the baby's weight allows you to place it in your belly and feel many of its movements. You sometimes assume he has the hiccups, you grab a little baby bump (is that an elbow? A knee? A heel?), you feel him move when the music plays… But what the heck? what's really going on in there?
At the very beginning of pregnancy, your baby's movements are so delicate that you won't notice them. It is during the fourth month of pregnancy that you will finally be able to feel this little baby growing slowly in your belly. At first, it is true that you will only feel delicate movements that you will confuse with your stomach which rumbles, but over time, you will be able to recognize when it is really him.
Between 4e and 5e month, baby moves a lot! You will feel your little acrobat very well during the day, because he will give youregularly little taps and you will feel it moving at full speed. He will still have so much room that he can tumble as he pleases.
Around 7e month, you will feel his hiccups when he swallows some amniotic fluid. During this period, you will feel it so well that you will make the connection when certain sudden movements and sudden noises startle it. These will be the first times you find your cute baby in all her vulnerability.
From 8e month, your baby will be cramped and move less and less. Soon he'll be hanging upside down and preparing to be born, but that's the biggest move he can afford for quite a while. Indeed, he will be stuck in this position, unless you have had many pregnancies and your belly, which is more flexible, allows him to.
During this period, you will sometimes see a small elbow passing or a small heel protruding and you will feel very good when it moves to find a comfortable position. You will quickly get into the habit of massaging his elbow when he sticks out. Besides, take advantage of it because this moment of exclusive closeness with the baby is missed enormously by many mothers who have given birth.
Share your joy
When a pregnant woman announces that baby is moving, everyone rushes to touch the one no one has seen yet. As if to get to know each other, friends and family approach to touch the belly of the future mother whohelps to hit the right spot. While pregnant women do not always like strangers touching them, they often find it more sympathetic when relatives get to know them.
The baby who moves is also an extraordinary phenomenon for the dad who, by approaching the belly of his lover to feel the small movements, manages to feel a little of what he does not have the chance to live during pregnancy. He understands the mother a little better, gets to know her baby first and prepares himself for the family life that awaits him.
Finally, the movements of the coming little brother or little sister help the other children realize that the baby is real and makes them want to see their future playmate.
Doctor? He's not moving
Sometimes the baby doesn't move for a while. It may be because he woke up while you were sleeping. Maybe it moved and you were too busy to notice. To find out for sure, you can do several things:
- Drink a cold liquid. Your baby will want to get away from it.
- Lie down and stand still. Sometimes babies move when their mother is no longer moving, as if they are no longer rocked by your movements and that the calm is waking them up.
- Play some music. Some babies like the vibrations of music and will move to the rhythm of lullabies or disco.
- Changeposition. If you were on your back and you roll onto your side, your baby may need to change positions to be more comfortable.
- Slam a door. The noise might startle him.
If none of this makes him move or if he has been moving much less for a few days, it is more prudent to contact your doctor or your midwife who will have you take some tests. They'll want to make sure your placenta is still working well and check your baby's heartbeat. If they have any concerns, they will give you an ultrasound.
However, know that almost all pregnant women experience a small moment of panic when they realize that their belly hasn't moved at all for a few hours. But don't worry too much, because in general, mothers nudge their little elbow in order to wake up their baby and he returns the little jostling a hundredfold!