01.04.2014

Trying to get baby to kick

It all ended well thankfully as this picture proves, with mother and baby reunited after a successful rescue attempt. The first time you feel your baby move can be a particularly exciting and emotional moment in your pregnancy. If this is your first pregnancy, it may take you a bit longer to realise that those gentle fluttering feelings in your tummy (quickening) are your baby's movements (Raynes-Greenow et al 2013, RCOG 2011). Either way, if you haven't felt any movement from your baby by 24 weeks, see your midwife.
At seven weeks to eight weeks your baby starts stirring, for example by bending sideways and making tiny sudden movements (startling).
Before long though, you'll be used to him pushing, swirling, twisting, and even thumping or kicking as he moves his little limbs (Raynes-Greenow et al 2012).


If you notice a change in your baby's pattern of movements, or are worried at any stage, contact your midwife or maternity unit straight away so that they can check his wellbeing (NCCWCH 2008, RCOG 2012). If your baby is moving less, it could be a sign that he's not getting enough nutrients or oxygen through the placenta (Hijazi and East 2009, Tveit et al 2009, RCOG 2011, RCOG 2012). Happily, in most cases such checks reveal that all is well, and the baby is healthy (RCOG 2011).
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Your baby will start moving long before you can actually feel it, and his movements will change as he grows and develops. To help you to focus and count your baby's movements, lie on your left side with support under your bump.


Your baby may be rocked to sleep while you're moving around, in which case he may wake up when you stop and have something to eat. If your doctor or midwife has any concerns, or if your baby's movements continue to decrease, he will need extra monitoring (RCOG 2011).



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