KICK IT, BABY

Is there any­thing bet­ter than feel­ing bub move?

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Contents -

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?

BUMP wrig­gles

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.

RHYTHMICAL spasms

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.

JUTTING out

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.

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