Tracking baby movement: why is it important

Tracking baby movement

Tracking baby’s movement: why is it important

Baby's first movement:

You’re in your third trimester now and now you can feel your baby, actually, move inside, much better than the initial flutters. Enjoy this beautiful phase but remember track your baby’s movement. It is very important for you to track your baby’s movement regularly.

Why is it important to track baby's movement?

An important activity you need to start when you third trimester starts is tracking the baby movements. The baby starts moving, kicking and punching in the middle of second trimester. However, as the third trimester approaches, the baby develops a personality in utero and as a result, has a set pattern of movements.

Technically after the first trimester, you and the baby are out of the danger zone, because the baby is no longer very vulnerable. However, studies say that the first warning signal of stillbirth is the gradual decrease in the baby’s movements.

By 28 weeks, your baby can kick and do somersaults and have patterns in their movements. If you pay close attention to the movements, you will notice that the particular pattern in the movements. As the pregnancy progresses, the movements will graduate from kicks to jabs, somersaults and punches. You may also feel the baby jump at sudden noises. There will be a gradual increase in the movements till 32 weeks.

By 33 weeks, the baby’s movements will taper off because the baby’s size increases and there is no space to move their limbs or do somersaults. However, with the approach of the due date, you will feel the baby’s head fix in the pelvis and a kick in your ribs every now and then.

Every baby is different, so there is no set pattern of their movements in utero. As a reference scale you can consider about ten separate movements in two hours. It’s possible that your baby has rocked to sleep because of your steady movements.

To reassure yourself, you can try the following tips:

  • Put your feet up, have a snack – a fruit juice or so – and relax. Your baby may wake up at the sign of food.
  • Have a cold drink. Your baby may feel the change in temperature and try to move.
  • Play some music to stimulate the baby.

Pick two times of the day – morning and late evening preferably – and count all the movements your baby makes.

Contact the doctor if there is no movement for more than two hours, or if you don’t feel your baby react to sudden movements. It could be a sign that it is getting less nutrients than required. The doctor will monitor the baby’s movements and heartbeat along with your vitals. In most cases, everything turns out to be well. However, if there is an issue again, contact the hospital immediately.