KICK IT, BABY
Is there anything better than feeling bub move?
A guide to your bub’s movements
From the moment you find out you’re pregnant, you’ll be eagerly awaiting the day your baby physically lets you know she’s in there.
If you’re a first-time mum, you probably won’t feel movements until about 18 to 20 weeks, even though your little one will start moving around at about seven weeks gestation. You may recognise first kicks earlier if you’ve had a baby before and remember what it feels like, but no matter how many times you’ve been pregnant, that fluttering sensation can bring on a wave of emotions – and a lot of questions. So what do those little wiggles mean, and when should you be concerned?
As the pregnancy progresses you may become so accustomed to the baby’s more subtle kicks that they go unnoticed. To keep track of movements, midwife Megan Baker says to have a cold drink and snack and wait about 30 minutes, then rest and gently massage your tummy. Lie down on your left side and count the number of kicks – if it’s less than 10 in two hours, contact your midwife or maternity unit.
These little jumps happen when your baby hiccups. They could occur once in a while or even several times a day.
A SHARP pain IN THE RIBS
This is usually your baby giving you a good boot, but you do have to be careful with pain during pregnancy, so talk to your midwife or obstetrician if you have any concerns.
If your bump is protruding at an angle, this could mean your baby is in the breech position with her bottom sticking out. It could also mean your baby’s feet, elbows and, at times, her hands are poking out of your bump because she’s grown bigger and has less room to move around. How often you experience a jutting out depends on your build and how stretchy your skin is.