19.01.2021

How fetal movements are felt during the second and subsequent pregnancies

Every woman dreams of becoming a mother sooner or later, because this is the meaning of life. The conception and birth of a child is a very complex and responsible process, and much of it is inexplicable to the end, even by doctors and scientists. A woman wearing a child’s heart, as it were, shines from within, her worldview, perception of the world changes, because a new life lives in her.

Currently, many are being decided on their second and third child. Having become pregnant for the first time, the expectant mother is little informed, knows almost nothing about the baby’s development and what awaits her in the future. Having become pregnant a second time, she kind of goes this way again and is not so worried at some moments, she realizes what will be with her baby and how. Fears, of course, are present, but not the same as in the first birth

When the baby starts to move

The baby begins to move in the first trimester of pregnancy at about 7 – 9 weeks. A woman can not feel distinct movements in this period, since he swims and rarely comes into contact with the walls of the uterus. Fetal movements during the second pregnancy appear a little earlier than during the first. So, having become pregnant for the first time, the fetus may begin to show tangible signs of life at 20 to 22 weeks. Fetal movements during the second and third pregnancy can appear from 16 to 18 weeks.

But the young mother, in no case need to worry if the baby did not stir in the specified time. The first movements are barely perceptible and only mother feels them, putting her hand on her tummy. Dad may not yet feel the jolts that his mother will feel. Distinct shocks and kicks appear as early as 24 to 25 weeks during the first pregnancy.

The fetal movements during the second pregnancy become more distinct by a week, two earlier. But still, the norm for the onset of the first movements during pregnancy is up to 24 – 25 weeks. Until this time, a woman should not beat a panic in the absence of fetal movements.

Explicit movements during the second pregnancy

Given that the organisms in humans are completely different and the babies develop each in their own way, there is no clear term for the onset of manifestations of fetal movements during the second pregnancy. But a pregnant woman a second time will be able to clearly distinguish the first sensations of fetal movement from intestinal colic and other actions in her body. Whereas a primiparous mother can confuse the first movements with problems in the intestines.

Girls who have a slim physique before pregnancy feel shocks and kicks much earlier than full ones. Also an indicator of the appearance of the first obvious shocks is the threshold of sensitivity of the future mother. The very first kicks during the first and second pregnancy are irregular in nature, one day can become active, and the next day to rest.

Regular movements begin at 24 – 25 weeks. But due to the fact that the baby is growing and developing rapidly, his movements become more active every day, especially from 28 to 30 weeks.

What does the absence of fetal activity mean?

The baby in the womb does not always move, most of the time he sleeps. Therefore, a woman should not beat a panic if in one day the baby moves a little less.

But, there are indications in which you must immediately consult a doctor:

  • if there is no news about the baby until 25 weeks, that is, before this time, the mother has never felt a single stir of the fetus;
  • if you ceased to make itself felt within six hours for a period of more than 28 weeks.

Both in the first and in the second pregnancy, if the tremors become weaker, or, conversely, too strong, this should alert the future mother. A sharp change in the nature of the movements can be a sign of fetal hypoxia, that is, a lack of oxygen. The nature of fetal movements can also change due to changes in the volume of amniotic fluid. With oligohydramnios, movements are more intense, but with polyhydramnios, on the contrary, weakened.

Regardless of whether the first is pregnancy, the second or third, a woman should not miss scheduled visits to a gynecologist, who must measure weight gain, listen to the baby’s heart, prescribe certain tests and an ultrasound scan. Also, a woman should not be too presumptuous and refuse to take the necessary tests, and if necessary, use certain vitamins that a doctor can prescribe for certain indications. It is worth remembering that self-medication is also not worth it, and any issues related to well-being should be discussed with a doctor.

The expectant mother should sensitively listen to her body and the baby’s movements, but it’s also not worth panic from each lack of movement, this will badly affect the child’s nervous system. The main thing is to maintain composure and common sense while listening to your heart.

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