After receiving the wonderful news that you are pregnant, many questions arise. Will it be a boy or a girl? Who will it look like? Will it be born healthy? When will I notice the first kicks? Can i provokethe movements of my baby in the gut? Today we are going to deal with this last question, because I have to tell you that yes, the movements of the child can be caused in the womb.
One of the first signs of the baby's life for the mother is that of fetal movements, for this reason when we perceive these movements it is a very special moment for the mother and the family. It is magical and unforgettable and brings us a lot of happiness and tranquility, since these movements represent an indicator of well-being and proper neuromuscular development of the child.
In the normal development of the baby, the first movements are made from 8 weeks, when it is barely 1.5 cm. They are not very specific movements and have an automatic nature, and are only evidenced by ultrasonography. As your baby grows, progressively, an increase in fetal tone is observed, which is related to musculoskeletal maturation and the development of cerebellum structures.
What about the rest of the weeks until she's in your arms? Here I tell you!
- As of week 10, the movements become more complex. They are spontaneous and independent of any stimulus and make the fetus move inside the mother's gut, being imperceptible to her.
- In week 13, the baby can move his arms and legs independently and they continue to be imperceptible to the mother.
- At 17 weeks of pregnancy, the muscles of the extremities are optimally developed, so their movements begin to be noticeable. They are described as a small tremor or a bubbling, especially in women who have already had children or if you are thin.
- At week 21 the baby increases the coordination of its movements and if you have an ultrasound you could see how it takes its fingers to its mouth and sucks, a sign that you have an adequate and progressive maturation of your nervous system. If this is your first pregnancy it is the moment in which you begin to perceive their movements. If the mother has a lot of abdominal fat or if the placenta is located in the anterior wall of the uterus, the baby's first movements will appear after week 24, so if at this age of pregnancy no movement is still perceived, you should consult with your obstetrician.
- At week 26, the baby begins to gain weight, so its movements are more vigorous and frequent and can even be felt by those who place their hand on your belly. During this time the baby is also capable of hearing, seeing, tasting, and perceiving any type of contact and can see some light through the mother's abdominal walls.
- At 28 weeks the movements reach their maximum intensity. Keeping a record of your baby's movements is recommended to determine his movement pattern, as not all children are the same. It is normal to count 10 movements during the two hours that follow after meals. It is also advisable to do this count lying on your left side.
- After 34 weeks, the fetal circadian rhythm (sleep-wake) is accentuated and as the baby grows, it has less space in the uterus and this limits movements, but their strength and duration increase.
There are maternal circumstances that cause a decrease in the perception of the baby's movements, such as smoking, having taken alcohol or any sedative or antidepressant medication, maternal stress, standing for long periods or prolonged fasting. But also There are some 'little tricks' to provoke the baby's movements:
- Have a glass of fruit juice or eat something sweet (care should be taken if you have gestational diabetes).
- Lie on the left side, relaxed and breathe deeply several times.
- Talk to your baby or have your partner do it. Remember that your baby is able to recognize your voices.
- Listen to music, especially classical.
- Light up your gut. If you put a flashlight on your tummy, your baby reacts to the light.
- Try to move gently to your baby with gentle pressing movements on your tummy.
If the baby has less than 10 movements in two hours, it is recommended to consult your obstetrician immediately, since it is considered an alarm sign and studies should be carried out to avoid perinatal complications.
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