Feeling the Baby Move
They usually tell you that with your first baby you feel the baby move between week 16 and 25. This is called quickening. You feel it a lot earlier with the next baby. I first felt some sort of movement on 1/24/16 which is week 24. My fiance was with me and we both felt the baby kick. That was pretty exciting. The baby was kicking before that and I felt it in my lower abdomen. When I had my first sonogram the technician told me that I had an anterior placenta which means that the placenta is in front of the baby. So that’s why it took me so long to feel the baby move. She must be punching/kicking pretty forcefully because I see her moving now. I recorded some of her movements and I will post some here for you guys to see. They’re just short clips.
In this video there is rolling motion as the baby moves across my belly:
The baby kicks near the end of the video on the left side of my abdomen:
Baby kicks near the end of the video on the right side of my abdomen:
At first I thought that I might have had gas or something because the movements were so small that I couldn’t tell if it was the baby or not. But now that I’m 26 weeks I’m definitely sure that it’s the baby. I feel more movement usually mid-morning and at night. Other movements are scattered throughout the day. When I have something sugary to drink I feel the movements more often. I am more relieved now that I feel the baby move because I can tell if everything is ok. They say to call the doctor when movements aren’t occurring as they usually do. You want to make sure that the baby is doing well. I’m just afraid that all that moving around will cause the cord to wrap around her neck. I did some research on the matter and found out that the baby cannot be strangled by the cord because they do not breath through their nose or mouth while inside the uterus. Babies get their oxygen through their umbilical cord. Here are two articles that explain this: Prenatal Yoga Center, Nuchal Cord.