How often should a baby move?
Active fetal movements begin at about 7 weeks of gestation. Most likely (and this happens more often), the mother will be able to feel a stir a little later (17-20 weeks), when the child grows up a little, gets stronger and can already create sensible, impulsive impulses into the uterine walls. But how often should a baby move?
Why is the fetus moving?
In principle, the movement of the fetus - this is a sign of his life. Periodically committed active movements of the child throughout the day signal to us that everything is in order. If there is no movement for more than twelve hours, this is a bad sign that serves as an alarm signal.
How often does a child move: norms
For a period of 16-18 weeks, the mother may not feel the jolts of the child every day. After a 30-week period, the baby must show signs of activity daily and many times. And the movement (shocks, movements) must alternate with periods of calm. To explain it is simple: the child needs rest after vigorous activity.
After 32 weeks, the baby will often not move; this is normal. Less, but stronger! Yes, the tremors from now to birth will be especially strong. In general, in the last trimester of pregnancy, you should have at least a dozen periods of active movement per day.
The fruit often moves, is it bad?
There is an opinion that excessively frequent perturbations are a sign of hypoxia, however some experts and doctors deny the connection with this deviation. On the contrary, your concerns should cause too rare and weak fetal movements, less than ten times a day, and barely felt. In case you have suspicions about this, immediately consult with your doctor.
When the baby begins to stir: timing
It is impossible to say more precisely, we confine ourselves to the fact that if the pregnancy is first, then with a period of about 20 weeks you should feel the impulses of the child. If repeated, most likely, the movements will be felt earlier, at 17-18 week.
Of course, much depends on your sensitivity and physique. Overweight women may experience the first movements after 20 weeks, but this does not indicate their absence.While thin already for a period of 14 weeks are able to feel how the baby moves.
If the child moves badly
In order to draw conclusions about the life of the child, the doctor will use the non-stress test and BFP (biophysical profile of the fetus). The test is a recording of the fetal heart rate using a special sensor. They fix it on a woman’s stomach, it is measured for thirty (30) minutes, the results are recorded on a chart on paper - something like a familiar ECG. Investigating the diagram, amplitude and frequency of the obtained curve, make conclusions about the state of the fetus.
A bad sign is a decrease in the frequency at the moments of the child's motor activity (perturbations) and, in general, when the heart rate falls below 110 beats per minute. It is also not normal if the rhythm is monotonous, everything is just the opposite for the “adult” requirements for the heart.
If such details are clarified, then an FFT may be applied. They analyze the heart activity, the amount of water (amniotic fluid), muscle tone. If a state of severe hypoxia is detected (hypoxia is a lack of oxygen for the fetus), an emergency caesarean section will be applied.
Let's not talk about sad things.Now we know how often a child must move, and most importantly, not to be nervous, but to report all abnormalities to the doctor.