Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Baby Movements During Pregnancy

Baby Movements During Pregnancy

The very first pregnancy in a woman’s life brings various fears to the mind, but the thought of that cute infant, safe in momma’s tummy, vanishes all qualms. And feeling those first movements, made by the tiny creature within, is a great marker of pregnancy. When those movements turn into dynamic kicks, you like being hit by those tiny feet and get touched by your own child. Above all, this shows that everything is just fine beneath your stretched skin.

Many women, during their first pregnancy, express the sensations as a tender fluttering action. Scientifically however during the first pregnancy, movements are felt somewhere around 18 to 20 weeks. In later pregnancies, when one is aware of signs, the first foetal movements or quickening is felt just about 15 to 18 weeks. Subsequent to the early fuzzy stirrings that some females describe akin to waving of butterfly wings, the baby’s movements grow to be stronger and more often than before.

As the baby develops, these sensations transform and that’s why the pregnant woman starts feeling thumping or kicking movements, which often get stronger in the advanced stages of pregnancy. Like every other creature, baby too, takes rest and sleep. So, don’t get tensed if you don’t feel its kick or move for some time and most of the time its not more than 40 minutes. Here is a guide about fetal movements, you could experience when your baby develops.

From 20 to 24 Weeks

While the weeks pass, you will feel that your baby has become more active with an increase in its activity. From this time and further in the upcoming ten weeks, the baby will remain busy, amidst lots of kicking and tumbling.

From 24 to 28 Weeks

Hiccups could be another activity done by your little tot and you may seldom feel the jerking movement. At this time, the amniotic sac contains up to 750 ml of fluid that allows free moves to the baby. Also you might notice him jumping at sudden sounds during this phase.

At 29 Weeks

Since the baby gets more confined within the uterus, it starts making smaller but more definite movements.

At 32 Weeks

It is the high time for the baby’s active movements and hereafter, you will observe enhanced frequency and movements, seeing that the baby is getting bigger and stronger.

From Around 36 Weeks

Now, the baby would begin taking his final position, generally head-down. In case it is your first pregnancy, the firm muscles of your uterus and abdomen would make his comfortable pillow. Jabs from his arms and legs are the main movements likely to be felt at this time. If it is a case of subsequent pregnancy, then it is probable that your abdominal muscles are weaker and due to this, the baby might keep on changing his position and possibly until the due date.

From 36 to 40 Weeks

The baby would be becoming larger, while his upturning movements will get down. The fetal movements are probable to decelerate and a little decline in the growth rate of baby in the last two weeks of pregnancy. Don’t worry as it is absolutely normal.

Movements and Position in Late Pregnancy

During the last few weeks, the baby should be snuggled in the cup of pelvis, all set for the birth. It is possible to feel the baby’s head on the pelvic floor and the expectant mother should take care while sitting down. Since the baby’s head comes lower into the pelvis, a feeling of less pressure can be noticed below the ribcage. By now, big body movements can be felt as per the position of the baby. Now and then, your baby would be sleeping or doing activities that is more often in the nights, when you’re trying to sleep but your tot doesn’t let you to do so.

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