The movements of the fetus and their evolution during pregnancy represents some of the most emotional and fascinating moments of pregnancy. You probably wonder, like many other pregnant women, at what point in pregnancy do the first strokes of the fetus occur and how often should they be? Here is the answer to your questions, but also other valuable information about movements of the fetus in pregnancy!
When are the first movements of the fetus in the tummy?
Each task is unique. There is no precise date when the first blows to the baby's tummy appear. But doctors say they should be present in the second trimester of pregnancy, specifically between weeks 16 and 22.
The face has hands and feet developed before this gestational age. Even if they move, they are not strong enough to be noticed. Only at 16 weeks it reaches a threshold of development that makes it possible to feel the first strokes.
How do fetal movements feel in the tummy?
Each pregnancy feels differently movements of the fetus in the belly. The specialists managed to create a picture of these states more based on the testimonies of those who have gone through this experience. Specialists claim that they feel like nervous spasms, but pregnant women have other descriptions of these sensations:
- air bubbles that "walk" through the belly;
- butterflies in my stomach;
- a sensation of bloating and gas;
- the sensation that something is misused through the stomach.
Most of the time, pregnant women do not even recognize exactly when the baby first hit the tummy. This is due to the fact that they confuse the sensations with certain physiological states: hunger, bloating etc. Only when it hits the second or third time does the pregnant woman recognize the sensation as the baby's stroke.
How active should the baby be in the womb during pregnancy?
Each girl has her own rhythm of movement. Yours may be more active than another in the uterine environment or, on the contrary, a little lazier. From the moment the first strokes appear in the tummy, the fetus should move more and more and more often. In the beginning, the movements will not be daily. As you progress in pregnancy and the baby gets stronger, he should not spend the day without getting into you and playing through your tummy.
The movements of the fetus they increase in frequency and intensity by the end of the nine months. Experts say that at the beginning of the third trimester, the baby moves about 30 times per hour. You do not feel absolutely every movement of him, since he swims through the amniotic fluid and does not touch the edges of the uterus.
As you progress in pregnancy, movements of the fetus they will be obvious, because he will be growing smaller, and his movements in the womb will be limited, due to the smaller space. Automatically, each fetal movement will reach the wall of the uterus and then you will feel it quite clearly.
During a day, the fetus alternates the moments when it sleeps with those in which it is active. It tends to be more active at certain times of the day. Usually, the evening is the period when it is most active, from 21:00 until around 01:00. If you choose the most inappropriate hours to play and consume your energy, this is caused by changing your blood sugar level.
Monitoring fetal movements
As you progress in pregnancy, you will notice a pattern of the times of day when the fetus moves, but also of the intensity with which it does. At some point, you will find a predictable behavior of his: you will be able to appreciate when the moment for the "play" of the tummy is approaching, as well as in which parts it hits more strongly.
If you find that your baby does not hit the same intensity for a longer period of time, or that he moves less than before, go to the doctor to make sure that the pregnancy is progressing normally. Monitor your fetal activity during the day when you know you are moving the most.
Count the strokes of the fetus within a certain amount of time. Check to see if every day it records about the same number of hits, to see if it develops normally or something is wrong with it.
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