Tracking a Babys Movements in Pregnancy

When women are asked about what they have enjoyed in their pregnancies, a common response is that feeling their baby moved inside them is one of the best aspects of pregnancy and the one that they will have the fondest memories of. However, being able to feel your baby is much more important than being a pleasurable feeling. It is also a good indicator that all is well with both you and your baby throughout the pregnancy. Therefore, it is important to track and monitor your baby’s movements throughout the pregnancy. Here are some of the ways that you can track the movements of your baby during pregnancy, and what you should do if you are concerned about your baby having reduced movements.

When and how often the baby will move

When you will first feel your baby move is individual to each pregnancy, but it is generally between weeks sixteen and twenty-two of your pregnancy. First time mothers may feel it later while mothers who have been pregnant preciously may notice their baby’s movements earlier. As a general rule of thumb you should expect to feel your baby move at least ten times each day. However, this may vary for some mothers depending upon the position of the baby and placenta.

Kick charts

One of the standard ways that mothers are asked to monitor the movements of their baby is to complete a kick chart. On this you will be able to plot the time your baby moves throughout the day and mark when they have kicked at least ten times.

Learn your baby’s patterns

Each baby is different and may establish patterns of waking and sleeping while they are still in the womb. For example, you may notice that your baby is moving every day during your dinner hour or when you go to bed. It can help to notice these patterns so that if they are unusual you can seek advice. However, it is not a great cause for concern if the baby doesn’t move at a time when it usually would as it may just be sleeping or in a position where you are less likely to feel it moving.

What to do if you have reduced movements

In most circumstances a reduction in your baby’s movements is not a concern. It is likely that due to your own activity you have not noticed the baby moving, it is sleeping or its position has changed. However, it can also be a sign that your baby is having some difficulties. Therefore, it is important to monitor your baby’s movements closely. If you have not felt your baby move ten times by tea time it is suggested that you have a lie down, a drink and something to eat as this may stimulate some movement in your baby. If you still do not feel your baby move then you should contact your midwife and doctor. It is likely that they will advise you to go to the hospital so that your baby’s heart and movements can be monitored for an hour or two. If all is well you will be sent home.

Conclusion

Feeling your baby move can be one of the best things about being pregnant. It is important to monitor your baby’s movements during pregnancy as it can be a sign of your baby’s well-being. You can do this byu learning their patterns and by keeping a record on a kick chart. If you do not feel your baby move, even after a lie down and something to eat or drink, then you may need to be monitored in hospital for a short period of time for reassurance that all is well.