Once you reach about 16 weeks of pregnancy, your care provider will ask if you’ve felt any fetal movement. It may be unnoticeable still or you may feel butterflies flitting around. As your baby grows bigger those movements become more distinct and you may be able to set your clock by them. Most babies get active right after you eat, or while you are trying to relax.
Some movements are so big you may have to run out of an important meeting to the restroom. Those middle of the night gymnastics sessions may cause you to seek another sleeping surface. And that foot in the ribs is enough to make you want to instantly grow extra room to accommodate your stretching little one. I’ve heard a bag of frozen vegetable placed on your belly can get that foot to shift. Some just stretch and adjust their position to see if baby moves.
If baby is super active at night, walking around or taking a warm bath may help calm them down. Sleeping with a nest of pillows (sorry partners!) can help you and baby be more comfortable. If you are interested in learning what your baby is doing with all this movement, you can check out belly mapping. It’s a great way for you and your partner to bond with your little one while still pregnant.
While we expect these movements to range from mild to attention grabbing throughout your pregnancy, what we don’t expect is a lot of pelvic pain. If you are experiencing sharp pain in your pelvis when you move, or your legs feel like they are going numb, be sure to check in with your provider. Chiropractic care, pregnancy massage, and acupuncture can be helpful tools in relieving some of the discomfort your are feeling.
And we thought this might be fun…
Where does your little on rate on the Fetal Movement Bellyquake Scale?