It’s stated that the most amazing moments during your pregnancy journey is the movements of your baby moving in your body - it’s called “Quickening”.
One of the most magical and memorable moments of a woman’s pregnancy is feeling the baby move for the first time, an event referred to as quickening. Although your baby has been wriggling around since about the ninth week, he or she has been too small for you to feel. But as he or she grows larger and starts running out of room those wiggles and kicks strike the walls of your uterus and become noticeable to you, usually between the 14th and 26th weeks of your pregnancy.
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If this is your first pregnancy, you may begin feeling your baby a little later than more experienced moms, often not until 18 to 22 weeks. Veteran moms tend to feel their baby’s movements earlier because their uterine muscles are not as tight as a first-time mom’s, making them more sensitive to the baby’s kicks. First time moms also may mistake those first soft, fluttery kicks for gas or digestion, while second- or third-time moms know the difference. Women with smaller frames or who are slim may also feel their baby’s movements earlier than those with larger frames or who are overweight.
It is difficult to tell a first-time mom-to-be exactly what their baby’s movements will feel like because it's different for every woman. However, those early kicks may feel fluttery or like a light tapping. As you progress, the movements will intensify into firm kicks, elbow jabs, and a swishy or sloshy feeling when your baby moves its arms and legs at the same time. If you feel like you’ve become a personal punching bag, keep in mind that an active baby is a healthy baby.
When you first feel your baby move, the kicks and flutters may come only sporadically; however, as your pregnancy progresses, they should become increasingly strong and regular. Your baby may be very active one day and relatively quiet the next, but you should feel some movement every day. Many doctors and midwives recommend their patients count their baby’s movements at some point every day. There are many different methods used to keep track of fetal movements, but here’s a quick and easy one: Choose a time of day when your baby tends to be active, such as after a meal, or when you go to bed. (Try to count movements at roughly the same time each day.) Sit quietly or lie on your side so you won't get distracted. Time how long it takes for you to feel ten distinct movements — including kicks, twitches, and whole body movements. If you don't feel ten movements in two hours, stop counting and call your midwife or doctor.
Besides all those wonderful kicks and wiggles, your baby will probably have several cases of the hiccups before the whole nine months are over. . . yes, hiccups! Hiccups will feel different than kicking or movement and more like regular little spasms in your belly. Some babies get the hiccups several times a day, everyday, and maintain the same pattern after birth. Luckily, hiccups are not as uncomfortable for babies (in or out of the womb) as they are for adults, even if they last as long as 20 minutes. Once you get comfortable with the sensation of fetal hiccups, sit back, relax and enjoy the entertainment!
What is “Quickening”
The first fetal movements and activities in the utero are defined as “Quickening”. This phenomena happens between the eighteenth and the twentieth pregnant week. It is believed to have movements in the tenth week and there are uncommon cases that mom can’t feel anything during the whole pregnant period.
The mother gets sensible of up and down actions in her abdomen which are relating to fetal activities. The fetal heart is often heard by doctors or GP for the first time.
It may need some efforts to breathe if the mother tries to bear their babies at this point, but lung of the fetus is developed not enough to deal with outside conditions the uterus. Not only that the fetal lungs are regularly dominated around a few hours.
No Quickening Sign - What’s happening?
There are several cases that many fetuses are alive and healthy, but they irregularly move in the uterus. Moreover, if this situation happens more often, someday, the mother can pass as well as not feel movements anymore. However, the babies don’t act and do activities much in the abdomen, this doesn’t mean that they are dead. It is all probably assumed that the fetus is in a position which the pregnant woman hardly to feel the movements
If this case passes 3 or 4 days without movements, the mother should ask for GP to listen for the sounds of fetal heart. If the doctors or GP can heard some noise, it is believed that the fetus is still alive and properly in satisfied condition. Women usually imagine themselves pregnant, because of misleading gas movements in the intestines. That’s why the patient assumes that she feels some activities of baby, it cannot be seen as real evidence of pregnancy.
The Growth of Fetus
The baby starts to control its body to open and close the mouth as well as to wave hands, leads and roll head at 12th gestation week. At this time, the baby has length: 3 inches, and weight: 1 ounce.
Many organs are formed, the baby longs 6 to 8 inches and weighs 6 ounces at 16th gestation week.
There is an increase in the fetus activity as moving and turning around at 20th gestation week, The baby has length: 8 - 12 inches, weight: 1/2 of one pound.
The baby starts to form wrinkled skin as well as a full-body shape. However, it needs a longer time to develop perfectly important organs (lungs and brain) at 24th gestation week.
At 28 weeks, the baby longs 15 inches and weighs 3 pounds. Their bones become harder, and the mother maybe feel the kicks of baby and more movements.
The eye opens completely at 32nd week, their length: 18 inches, their weight: 5 pounds. Not only that, the baby may turn around and move to another position in the abdomen for the rest of the pregnant period.
At 36th gestation week, the baby grow with length: 19 inches and increase weight: 6 pounds and gains 1/2 pound per week.
The baby is full-body parts at 40th gestation week.
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