One of the most exciting things about your pregnancy will be feeling your baby move the first time. It is an awe-inspiring moment. Not only is it a cool feeling, it also lets you know your baby is growing and healthy in the womb. If you are wondering how to make baby move, I have some tricks for you.
Mothers are encouraged to pay attention to their baby’s movement in the womb – especially in the third trimester. As a pregnant lady, I remember being told this information and then growing concerned when I didn’t feel my baby’s movements. While you should pay attention to your baby’s movements, sometimes your baby may just be resting. This is why it is helpful to have some tricks up your sleeve.
What is Happening in There?
When your baby first begins to move in the womb, you may mistake it for gas. Many moms make this mistake! This is because the first movements are smaller. These movements, beginning around 25 weeks, are not exactly kicks; it is your baby flipping. Eventually, your baby will begin to poke, jab, and kick in the womb.
As your baby grows and develops, he/she will take up more space, so your baby’s movements will be even more evident. However, this may cause you to feel uncomfortable, such as when your baby seems to be kicking your bladder. Just try to remember that movement is a good sign!
Now Let’s Look at My Biggest Tricks to Make Baby Move
Change Position - One of the easiest ways to make your baby move is to change your position. For example, you may want to switch from standing to lying down. This change of movement is enough for your baby to notice – especially if you have been moving around a lot. This is because your constant movement often works to lull your baby to sleep. When you are resting, it is also easier to pay attention to baby’s movements.
Eat Something Sweet - Pregnant women are often told to eat a snack to get baby moving in the womb, but I’d take this a step further and snack on something sweet. Babies respond to an increase in blood sugar, so by snacking on something that elevates you blood sugar, chances are your baby will take notice. You can also consider drinking something sweet, such as juice, to get your baby to move.
Drink Cold Water - Even babies in the womb notice a change in temperature. You know the feeling you get when you suddenly feel something ice cold? Babies in the womb also notice this sudden cold feeling when you drink an ice-cold glass of water, which may make your baby move.
Turn Up the Music - Believe it or not, your baby can hear you and other noises while inside the womb. Isn’t that amazing? Babies begin to develop fetal hearing around week 24. This is why you hear people suggesting parents play classical music and talk to their babies in utero. Along these same lines, babies often respond to sounds.
If the sound of your voice isn’t making your baby move, try turning on music that usually gets a response. Your baby may respond by moving his/her head or even wiggling around.
Gently Press on Your Belly - Many moms can make their babies move in the womb by gently pressing on their bellies. Your baby will notice the womb is moving and may respond.
When you have an ultrasound, you may have noticed the ultrasound technician or the doctor gently moving or tapping on your belly. This is because it is an easy way to “wake baby up” and get your baby moving. However, you must be gentle. Vigorous shaking or movements can be harmful.
Count Those Kicks!
Now that you know several tricks for making your baby move, you should begin to pay attention to your baby’s kicks. You will hear other parents and doctors refer to kick counts. Kick counts are essentially a period of time during the day when you count the number of kicks (or movements) you feel.
According to American Pregnancy, “Setting aside time every day when you know your baby is active to count kicks, swishes, rolls, and jabs may help identify potential problems and can help prevent stillbirth.”
Moms should look for at least 10 kicks (or movements) in a two-hour period. You will most likely feel more than this many movements in this time. However, if you do notice a decrease in your baby’s movement, you should consult with your healthcare provider.
To Wrap Up
It is fun to feel your baby move inside you, but it is also important. In order to do kick counts and to make sure your baby is moving the right amount, there are several safe tricks you can try.