BY: DANIEL PETERSON
Being pregnant is accompanied by several strange body experiences, while some are normal, some may need serious attention. Let’s focus on “baby kicking” as one sign that cuts across—can be normal or need attention.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, there is a broad range of what is normal. Some can experience their baby’s first movements “quickening” as early as three months, while others do not get those kicks till as late as six months. Generally, anytime within this range could be considered as normal.
In the case of first pregnancy, it is more likely to happen on the later side, partly because one might not realize quite quickly as to what those unusual movements are. Afterward, though, one will have a clear idea of her feelings and would possibly experience them quite earlier in following pregnancies.
At first, the movements will feel just like little flutters–one might even confuse them with stomach gas or stomach growling. And later, in her pregnancy, they will be like little jabs and small kicks. And the movement might get fetal right after eating, as per the University Of Rochester Medical Center. One may also probably notice her baby getting more active as the day forges on and tends to be hyperactive late at night. At this point in the day, one will be more relaxed.
However, if one has a placenta in front of the fetus–meaning it’s anterior, that might cushion her baby’s kicks and make it harder to notice till later in her pregnancy. The study suggests that is mostly likely to affect one’s second trimester, where she will probably feel fewer movements than she would have felt, had her placenta been positioned elsewhere.
As pregnancy progresses, it is important actually to be keen on those movements. Especially if one’s pregnancy is at high-risk, tracking movement can help ease her anxiety — if the baby is kicking at about an average rate, she knows he/she is probably doing fine — but if she notes a decline, it is advisable to go for a checkup. That’ is why the doctor might ask her to begin counting fetal movement or “kick counts,” says the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist.
Note that everyone has a different pregnancy, and so, some babies just naturally move far more or less than others. Others might even go a day minus moving much then spend a lot of hours the following day kicking. As always, a concerned expectant mother is expected to chat with her doctor. Several other tests may be performed too, to understand what is happening in there.
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