They say that a baby’s first kick is truly magical. But there is more to this than that special feeling. Here’s what the experts have to say.
WORDS STEPHANIE CLARISSA
Ever wondered if there is a meaning behind the pattern of your baby’s kick? Apparently yes! Dr Liana Koe from STO+G Practice asserts that your baby’s movements are a good indicator of a healthy central nervous and musculoskeletal system. Dr Crystal Chin from HAFcare OG Clinic shares with us that a baby can kick, flutter, swish or roll. All the wondrous and surprising movements a baby can do in your womb show just how unique she is.
Every mother’s impression of her baby’s movements is different, leading to a wide variability as to what is considered ‘normal’. Also, there is no specific number of kicks to actually determine if they are normal or not. Too much movement should not be a cause for concern. In fact, the movements should be a constant reassurance that your baby is growing fine and healthy.
Dr Chin adds on that maternal perception of a baby’s kick is regarded as a manifestation of foetal wellbeing. However, she also states that ideally ten discrete movements should be felt within two hours.
Be sure to lie on your left side and time how long it
takes to feel at least ten movements. It is important to take
them in stride and leave your focus on the rhythm of your baby’s kicks.
More kicks may simply mean a more active baby!
That First Flutter
Here is a little insight. Foetal movements begin when the muscles of the baby start to be supplied by nerves. This happens as early as seven to eight weeks of pregnancy and can be noticed during your ultrasound scans. At this stage, the baby’s hands, fingers, feet and toes have formed. A mother cannot feel much movement from her baby at this time but from 18 to 20 weeks of pregnancy, movements will become more intense and frequent.
The kicking increases until the thirty-second week of pregnancy. This may sound alarming but in actual fact, your baby is engaging in many different movements from rolling and somersaults to kicks and stretches. It is nothing short of miraculous!
Count Those Kicks
From 28 weeks of gestation, expectant mums can start counting their baby’s kicks. Recognising the typical pattern of your baby’s movements is important as it decreases the risk of stillbirth. So make it a habit to chart your baby’s kicks.
Engage in a kick count on a daily basis by picking the best time of the day where your baby is the most active.
When there are movements less than usual for
example no more than 10 movements in two hours,
seek professional help immediately.
Apart from this, it is never a better time to bond with your baby when they are active and kicking. The in-utero patterns may actually reflect your baby’s personality as they grow into children. Take it as an adventure as you try to decipher your baby’s kicking patterns.
Your baby’s kicks matter.
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