The 9-month journey a mother embarks on is one of learning and giving. She will be worried throughout for the safety of her child, and will do the best she can to ensure that all is well.
The contemplation and emotions of a mother cannot be put into words. Encountering a baby’s first kick is one such experience. As a first-time mom, you may wonder what your inquisitive little one is up to in there.
Listed below are 10 reasons for a baby’s kicks in the womb:
- Babies kick as early as 9 weeks, but these movements can only be detected by an ultrasound scan. A mother can start to feel her baby move around from the 24th week.
- Baby kicks are a sign that everything is progressing well. It indicates that the baby is healthy and active.
- Babies kick as a response to the changes in their environment. A mother can sense the baby’s reflex actions to a loud noise, bright light or even a sustenance she may consume.
- Sleeping on your left will encourage circulation and increase blood supply to the baby, resulting in the little one moving around more than usual.
- Considering the uproarious noises caused internally after eating a meal, a mother can feel her baby kicking around.
- 15 to 20 kicks a day is an indicator of good health and development of the baby.
- Post the 28th week, if a mother feels more than 10 kicks a day, it may signify fetal distress from insufficient oxygen supply or low blood sugar levels.
- Inching closer to the big day, at 36 weeks the baby may not move around, an indication of less space available in the womb.
- The “kicks” you feel include gestures like somersaults, tossing and turning, hiccups and hand movements.
- A mother can encourage her baby to move by doing a few simple things.Source