How To Make Your Baby Move – All You Need To Know
Nothing pleases an expectant mother than feeling the movements of her baby inside the womb. It gets so exciting and a little bit emotional to feel your baby kicking inside you. It is one of the joys of pregnancy. Do you know that one of the signs that your baby is doing fine inside your womb is when she actually kicks or makes some movements?
It is for these facts that you should have a reason to be concerned when your baby’s movements are less frequent. Good news is that there are a few tricks that you can use to make your baby move. So if you have always wondered if there were any tricks on how to make your baby move, then today is the day you will stop wondering, after reading this article.
When Should I Expect My Baby’s First Movements?
First-time mothers can sometimes be so anxious that they will expect to feel the baby’s movements in the first trimester. The truth is that during this period most of the baby’s organs are still forming hence movements are not possible.
Towards the end of the first trimester, you might feel some “quickening” which is just some subtle movements that are not easily noticeable especially if you are a first timer and can be easily mistaken for gas. These movements can be noticed when you go for some ultra-sound.
During the second trimester especially between 16 and 24 weeks, you might actually start to feel your baby kick and move. During this time, the movements will be less frequent. When you rich the third trimester, you should start feeling the baby movements on a daily basis.
What Can I Do To Make My Baby Move?
If you haven’t felt your baby’s movements by the 24th week, it might be that you haven’t been paying attention to her hence you might have missed her movements, or something might not be right.
Before you start to get worried, it is important to know that for first-time mothers, it might take longer before you start to feel your baby move. Here are 4 things you can do to make your baby to start kicking and making some movements. These tricks are fun to try out and are also safe so you should not get worried whether it will affect the baby negatively.
1. Eat Something Sugary Like A Snack Or Juice
Taking some sugary food is one of the effective tricks that will make your baby move. Even if the baby is sleeping when you take the sugary food, a change in your blood sugar level will do the trick and get your baby moving. Who doesn’t love sugar anyway?
You should be able to feel the kicks minutes after taking that sweet snack. I encourage you to try some cold orange juice, and in minutes she will be kicking and moving as if to say “more please!”
2. Talk Or Play Some Music While Singing Along
From about 23 weeks, your baby’s hearing is completely developed and is able to hear sounds around her from your heartbeat to the sounds outside her world, which is your womb.
The baby will enjoy listening to your voice as you talk to her or sing along some music in the background and she will definitely reward you by kicking or making some movements. This will also help you to bond with your baby since she gets to know you even before she is born.
3. Massage Your Belly
It is safe to massage your belly after the third month of pregnancy since the baby is protected by the amniotic fluid. If the baby is awake by the time you will be doing this; she will definitely respond to your touch by moving or kicking.
4. Lie Down
Do you know that most of the time the baby sleeps during the day and will wake up at night when things are a bit quiet, and you have settled down? Lying down increases the chances of the baby waking up to move around.
What Can Make The Baby Move Less Frequently?
A lot of factors determine the frequency of fetal movements hence if you experience less frequent kicks from your baby then it might be due to the following:
- Maternal stress: Your emotional state has a great impact on how active the baby will be inside the womb. During stress, your body will release hormones that will also get into your baby’s system and the result will be reduced movements. You should therefore avoid things that might stress you up during this period.
- Rupture of membranes: Sometimes the membranes in the amniotic sac might rupture and cause the amniotic fluid to leak before the mother's due date. This can lead to reduced fetal movements as a result of the baby receiving less oxygen and nutrition. Therefore, if you notice suddenly reduced movements, then you should report it to your doctor or midwife.
- Placental abruption: This condition can be fatal and occurs when the placenta detaches itself from the uterine wall. This can result in fewer nutrients and oxygen flow to the baby which can lead to the death of the baby inside the womb. You should, therefore, be on the lookout for signs of reduced baby movements and see a doctor immediately so they can get to the bottom of the problem.
- Fetal hypoxia: This is a condition in which the umbilical cord is either twisted or kinked hence hampering the delivery of enough oxygenated blood to the baby. The baby will thus be less active and is likely to move less frequently. This condition can lead to stillbirth hence you should, therefore, report any sudden changes to your baby’s movement to your doctor.
Is It Necessary To Keep Track Of My Baby’s Movements?
Definitely. Ensure that you pay attention to how many times the baby moves in an interval maybe after two hours or even daily. What you should know is that though there are no definite number of kicks that your baby should make on a daily basis, she should make at least ten movements within two hours of her being awake or active.
Once you have taken note of your baby’s movement patterns, any sudden fall in that pattern should not be ignored since it might signal an underlying problem. You can count the number of kicks your baby makes in a day or maybe in two hours and use that figure as a benchmark for every day’s kicks.
In summary, your baby’s movements are very important since it lets you know how thing are going on inside there. If she kicks frequently, then it means that she is having a good time inside your womb and that she has got no worries. Well, she kicks less often, then the best thing to do is contact your doctor so you can go through some ultrasound to see what’s troubling her in there.
Towards the end of the pregnancy, you might even be able to see the baby’s feet under your belly whenever she decides to kick. Isn’t it amazing to see small legs or arms kicking around in your belly?