The most amazing feeling for a pregnant woman is that of experiencing the kicks of her baby. While it is a sure indicator of the growing fetus inside the womb, this is yet another indicator that you have crossed another milestone by reaching a new height of your pregnancy journey. However, amazing the feeling is, have you ever wondered why does baby kick so much? Is there something that your body is trying to communicate? Through this article you will be made aware about some interesting facts associated with the kicking of baby.
- Not just simple kicks
As the baby grows, it begins moving within the womb. These are often the kicks referred in common terms that are in fact the movements of the fetus. These are not just the kicks; these are the movements related to the hand, diaphragm, and side turning and interestingly even somersaults. All these are the movements or performance of the fetus within the womb that are experienced as kick. Even if you experience the kick, it is the baby stretching the limbs. Often some women experience a swishing or flutter in the initial weeks of the pregnancy.
- Kicking in response
Baby often stretches out the limbs that results in kicks, it is the fetus trying to relax. These are a sure indication of the normal development of the fetus. Often the baby responds to external environment and kicking is in response to light, food eaten by mother and sound.
- Why baby kicking more after a meal
A sure sign of a healthy baby growing in the womb is kicking after a meal or a kick that comes in response to a sound. It is said that the expected rate is about 15-20 times a day.
- Why Baby kicking as early as nine weeks
In the beginning of pregnancy it is not possible for the mother to experience kick. These are however, only detected in an ultrasound. After a span of 19 weeks the mother would sense or experience the movements. Often a little flutter too is missed by mothers dismissing it as wind in the abdomen; this can be a sign of a kick in the early weeks of pregnancy. One need to be very tuned in to feel it or else you might just miss the first kick of your baby. If not then after 24 weeks you will get to experience it as by this time it becomes more frequent. If you are a second time mother then it is possible that you will feel it within 13 weeks.
Are reduced kicks bad sign?
It is said that 15-20 kicks are a sign of a healthy baby; however, if the kicks are reduced then you might be concerned. This would mean that the fetus requires more oxygen or nutrition and it might be lacking. At this time it is essential to get a detailed fetal assessment that may include non-stress test and ultrasound to determine the heart rate patterns.
If something is serious then a prompt delivery may be needed for the purpose of rescuing distressed baby. However, it all depends on case to case, but it is advisable not to ignore it.
Another thing to keep note is the movement of baby after a meal, even if the baby is not showing movements an hour after consuming food then it’s a matter of great concern.
Often the movements lessen due to drop in the mother’s sugar level.
Often the baby takes a rest for about 40-50 minutes. After 36th week, the fetal movement may gradually slow down due to less space availability.