The first movements are a very touching and exciting moment since it is from this period that the real communication of the mother with the baby begins. What week of pregnancy can you feel the first movements?

“A fish has sailed”, “butterflies fly” this is exactly how a woman most often describes the first movements of crumbs and often does not even notice for a long time, taking them for the work of the gastrointestinal tract.

Surprisingly, the fetus begins to move actively already at about the 8th week of pregnancy, but it is so small that the mother physically cannot feel it. As a rule, during the first pregnancy, a woman begins to feel the movements of the crumbs by the 20th week. For some, this happens a little earlier, for someone later, normally the first movements can appear from 18 to 24 weeks. Much depends on the place of attachment of the placenta (if she is on the back wall the future mother will feel the first movements a little later, and if on the front earlier), on the physique and physique of the pregnant woman.

The first movements are irregular and weak, but by the 24th week, they become more intense and strong, so much so that even the future dad can feel tremors. The kid begins to communicate with her mother, answers her voice, touches, but she can be reluctant to make contact with strangers, especially if she is not used to their voice.

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By the nature of the movements, it is possible to determine the condition of the fetus

The peak of motor activity of the crumbs falls on the period of 28-34 weeks, at this time the child has already grown and matured enough, but he still has a lot of space in his tummy, which allows him to make a variety of pirouettes. If by the 20th week the fetus makes about 200 movements per day, then by 28 this figure increases to 600.

What should alert a pregnant woman and consult a gynecologist for advice:

the child has become too active and his movements hurt you. This does not pass either after rest or after a change in body position;
the child, on the contrary, is too passive. For example, within a few days you occasionally feel faint movements;
if the child does not move for more than 12 hours go to the doctor immediately!
A sharp change in fetal activity may indicate discomfort, for example, oxygen starvation (hypoxia), in which case, after an ultrasound scan and CTG, the doctor will be able to prescribe you corrective treatment.

Also, after 32 weeks, it is recommended to carefully monitor the movements, for this, there is a special Pearson test. During the day from 9 am to 9 pm, it is necessary to record the time of each 10 movements. If during such a test it turns out that the number of fetal movements per day is less than 10, then this is also a serious reason to go for an unscheduled consultation with a doctor who is pregnant.

The temperament of the child and his habits play a huge role in the matter of stirring. For example, someone is calm and only gently bounces with his mother, and some kid is very active. There are children who become active in the evening when my mother came home from work and went to rest, but there are those who respond to sweets. Everything is very individual here.

After about 32 weeks, the child occupies a certain position in the uterus, since it becomes crowded, in connection with this, the number of movements is gradually reduced. You can already clearly monitor the periods of wakefulness and sleep crumbs, talk with him and bang.

In the third trimester, it is not recommended to sleep on your back, since in this position huge pressure is created on the vena cava and the child may experience oxygen starvation.

Pregnancy is a wonderful, but very responsible period. At this time, the expectant mother should carefully consider her health, nutrition, walk more in the fresh air. Closely monitor the movements of your crumbs, because with their help he can “tell” a lot about his health. Easy your pregnancy!


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