The very first fetal movements in the womb appear in the first trimester of pregnancy at about 7-8 weeks. But the mother cannot feel them, since the baby has enough space and he begins to swim from one wall of the uterus to another, he is still very small in order to push the mother from the inside with force.
The expectant mother at this moment can feel only a certain subtle vibration in the lower abdomen. In the first trimester of pregnancy, a woman and her child are warned by many threats and dangers to health, it was at this time that the unborn child formed vital organs.
That is why it is necessary in the first trimester to take care of yourself and listen very carefully to your body, give up bad habits and experience positive emotions as much as possible. A young mother is often worried, worries about how her child is there, whether everything is fine with him. Ultrasound will help to ensure normal and proper development. If mom is very impressionable, then she can get a home Doppler, which will help her at any time to listen to the baby’s heart.
In the second trimester, with a similar kind of experience, a woman is easier, since the little one begins to make itself felt with the help of light shocks.
When can you feel the first movements
Mom can feel the first sensations of fetal movement, starting from the 20th week of pregnancy. Since the first movements are barely perceptible and almost not perceptible, a woman can confuse them with intestinal colic or gas, and not give this attention. The woman will feel distinct tremors already by the 22-24th week of pregnancy. The first sensations of fetal movement in multiparous babies appear already from the 16th week of pregnancy.
The body of each mother is individual and in any case, do not worry if before 20 weeks the presence of a child has never been felt. So, for example, women of a complete complexion can feel the first kicks for a period of 22-25 weeks, but a thin physique, on the contrary, earlier, for a period of 18 weeks. Multiparous mothers begin to experience sensations at the first fetal movements a week or two earlier.
How do they feel?
Each woman describes these feelings in her own way. Someone compares this to fish in the stomach, someone with tickling from the inside. The first movements can be called light waves.
The first movements are clearly felt, namely when the woman is in a horizontal position, on her back or on her side in a state of calm. With the physical activity of a woman, the baby usually sleeps, as oscillating movements, for example when walking, euthanize him.
To understand how to recognize the first movements of the fetus, a woman needs to listen to her body, and then she will never confuse the baby’s first movement with intestinal gases.
What does the baby do in the womb?
Most of the time he sleeps, but not all the time, but in periods of 30-40 minutes. In total, sleep takes about 18-20 hours a day, and the remaining 4-6 hours is spent on wakefulness. By week 24, the baby is already responding to her mother’s voice, loud sound, too bright light.
By this time, he begins to do breathing exercises and may begin to hiccup due to ingestion of amniotic fluid. At such moments, the mother may notice pulsating rhythmic tremors in the abdomen, lasting for several minutes. In the womb, the baby stretches, yawns, makes faces, can close and open his eyes, and also suck his finger. In general, he leads his life with his own schedule and rhythm. By the 34th week of pregnancy, the baby is in its final position and is preparing for childbirth. The fetal movements before childbirth are not as active as before. The sleep schedule of the child coincides with the sleep of mom.
The nature of the movements, which is worth paying attention to :
- If the baby does not move for more than six hours, while the gestational age is 28 weeks or more, you should consult a doctor to make sure that everything is fine with him;
- If the gestational age is full 25 weeks, and the movements are not felt, you must visit the ultrasound room;
- If the baby began to make itself felt less often and the kicks are weaker than usual for several days, then it is worth visiting a doctor;
- If he began to move too actively than before, this could be a sign of hypoxia, oxygen starvation;
- With a lack of water, the tremors are more intense, but with polyhydramnios, on the contrary, they are weakened, while their nature will sharply differ from the usual one that was earlier;
- If the baby is moving a lot before giving birth, then this is not a good sign, it is necessary to conduct ultrasound and CTG studies to exclude a lack of oxygen.
It is worth noting that the baby does not completely calm down before childbirth, he moves, but not so actively, since he has little space. Any expectant mother should take care of her health, and then everything will be fine with her and her baby.