Baby (Fetus) Movement / Rolling During Pregnancy

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Childbirth usually occurs about 38 weeks from fertilization, i.e. approximately 40 weeks from the start of the last menstruation. Thus, pregnancy lasts about nine months, although the exact definition of the English word “pregnancy” is a subject of controversy.A pregnancy is divided into trimesters: the first trimester is from week 1 to the end of week 12, the second trimester is from week 13 to the end of week 26, and the third trimester is from week 27 to the end of the pregnancy.


From the 3rd month of pregnancy the baby may open and close its mouth and start moving its hands, legs, and head. At this point, however, you will not feel this movement.Your baby is now 4 inches long (10 centimeters) and weighs just a little over 1 ounce (over 28 grams). This is the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. The baby is now called a fetus.

From the 4th month of pregnancy the baby moves, kicks, sleeps, wakes, swallows, and passes urine.Your baby is now sleeping for about 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Fetal movement will be most obvious when you're sitting or lying down. You may start to feel a slight sensation of movement in your lower abdomen. This feeling is like bubbles or fluttering. When you first feel the baby's movement (called quickening), write down the date. This date helps the doctor determine when your baby is due.

Your baby becomes much more active, rolling from side to side and turning upside down and back. He or she begins to suck its thumb. At the end of the sixth month of pregnancy your baby is approximately 12 inches long and weighs about a pound and a half.Your baby continues to pack on the pounds and store fat all over his or her body. The crowded conditions inside your uterus may make it harder for your baby to give you a punch, but you'll probably feel lots of stretches, rolls and wiggles.

In the second trimester, tiredness is usually replaced with a feeling of well being and energy. But in the third trimester, exhaustion often sets in again. As you get larger, sleeping may become more difficult. The baby's movements, bathroom runs, and an increase in the body's metabolism might interrupt or disturb your sleep. Leg cramping can also interfere with a good night's sleep.

Your baby is still growing and moving, but now it has less room in your uterus. Because of this, you might not feel the kicks and movements as much as you did in the second trimester. During this final stage of your pregnancy, your baby is continuing to grow. Even before your baby is born it will be able to open and close its eyes and might even suck its thumb.

As your body prepares for birth, the baby will start to move into its birth position. You might notice the baby "dropping," or moving down lower in your abdomen. This can reduce the pressure on your lungs and rib cage, making it easier to breathe.

During third trimester final weight gain takes place, and the fetus begins to move regularly. The mother's belly button will sometimes "pop" out due to her growing belly. This period of her pregnancy can be uncomfortable, causing symptoms like weak bladder control and back-ache. Movement of the fetus becomes stronger and more frequent and the fetus prepares for viability outside the womb through improved brain, eye, and muscle function. The mother can feel the baby "rolling" and it may cause pain or discomfort when the baby is in the mother's ribs.

Movement is an important sign that the fetus is doing well. As your pregnancy progresses and your fetus gets larger and larger, the type of movement can change. Instead of your fetus punching you or doing flips, the baby may roll more or stick an arm or leg out. Pay attention to these movements. If your fetus is not moving as much as normal, keep track of its movements. Eat a meal and then lie down on your left side. If the fetus does not move 10 times in the next two hours, call your provider. There are many ways to count fetal movement; ask your doctor/provider how she wants you to count. If the fetus is not moving, your doctor will order a non-stress test, a contraction stress test, or a biophysical profile (BPP).

One way to monitor the well-being of your baby is to do a fetal kick count. This is a way to determine if the placenta is functioning correctly. Lie down and rest after you have eaten a good meal, with juice or pop to drink. The sugar in your juice or pop tends to make the baby more active. Count each time you feel the baby kick or move during the first hour after you’ve eaten. Normally the baby will kick 10 times in one hour, or at least three times in 20 minutes. Another sign of a healthy baby is one that gets the hiccups regularly, so watch for those rhythmic jerks in your abdomen every now and then. Warning signs and when to call your doctor would be a sudden decrease in movement of less than 10 kicks in 12 hours after the fifth month of pregnancy. If you have concerns or worries about your baby, contact your health care provider.

As your pregnancy continues, your health care provider will closely monitor you and your baby. He or she will check your cervix to see if it's begun to thin and dilate in preparation for labor. If you're more than one week overdue, your baby's heartbeat may be tracked with an electronic fetal monitor, and an ultrasound may be used to observe your baby's movements and measure the amount of amniotic fluid.

While an ultrasound can identify fetal movement as early as 7 to 8 weeks of pregnancy, women generally don't begin to feel the baby move until sometime between 16 and 22 weeks or later, particularly if it's the woman's first pregnancy.The Fetus as a Patient reflects some of the major changes that have occurred in perinatology, particularly in ultrasound imaging techniques. The introduction of transvaginal probes, three-dimensional imaging, and, most recently, four-dimensional imaging (which shows fetal movement) makes possible the observation of embryos and fetuses with some degree of accuracy and precision.

The initial sensations you'll notice aren't real kicks, either. Instead, some women describe the feeling as being like popcorn popping or butterflies in the stomach. If you don't feel any activity by 22 weeks, ask your doctor or midwife about it.After a while, you'll begin to discern a pattern to your baby's movement and you'll know if something's amiss. If he's not moving as often as he usually does, your baby may be in distress. Ask your practitioner when and how to count your baby's kicks.

You can monitor your fetus's movements yourself by keeping a kick count in late pregnancy.
To record a kick count, you simply note the number of times the fetus moves over a certain period. Your health care provider can tell you when and how to perform this test and what the results might mean. If you do not feel the fetus does not move in a 12-hour period, let your health care provider know.

Fetal heart monitoring lets the healthcare provider monitor the baby's heartbeat in the uterus, under different conditions including active labor. The procedure can be done with monitors outside the body (external monitoring) or in the uterus (internal monitoring). NON-STRESS TEST (NST) is another way of externally monitoring your baby. The NST can be done as early as the 27th week of pregnancy, and it measures the FHR accelerations with normal movement.

It's also strongly recommended that you call your health care provider immediately if you experience:

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Im 13 weeks pregnant n I've

Im 13 weeks pregnant n I've had trouble from the start of pregnancy. The past couple of weeks I've had alot of lower abdominal pain been feeling faint n really sick should i be worried? Xx

i am 19 weeks and having

i am 19 weeks and having lower abdominal pressure and my cervix is dlaited(self check as this is my third child) I have a history of miscarriage? should I be worried or is this to be expected with third child?

I'm 29 weeks and I feel this

I'm 29 weeks and I feel this stabbing pains like menstrual cramps when the baby moves in my lower abdomen. It's giving me lots of concern. Can anyone help?

I am 29 weeks and am not

I am 29 weeks and am not feeling any kicks or movement please is this okay or not

Hello. I am about 34 weeks

Hello. I am about 34 weeks and from what i read and hear, that may not be good. So go to the Doctor ASAP to make sure everything is alright. At this point, you should well enough feel there is something in your belly moving. For sure, so i strongly advise you to not delay and hope everything is okay.

I am 21 weeks and pain in

I am 21 weeks and pain in lower abdomen and also tight under belly. Last day bleeding in uterus, bleeding stop but yellow water came. My Doctor told me that my baby's head upper and legs down as normal person standing. . . Plz tell me is this normal? ....if the problem what should i do? ......plz...

I am 24 weeks pregnant an iv

I am 24 weeks pregnant an iv been aching in my arms legs an back an my lower belly feels really tight this is my first baby an when the kick does feel like a sharp pain against ur belly an is it normal for a him to lay on his side against the side of my belly

I'm 24 weeks pregnant, I'm

I'm 24 weeks pregnant, I'm experiencing too much movement of my baby... is it normal? I'm a little worried...

24 weeks (6 months) i feel

24 weeks (6 months) i feel the kicking all the time but its always really low, like almost below my bump, that makes me think the babys right side up, by the time i give birth she'll still come out head first right?? REALLY nervous about giving birth.. someone please help??

iam seven month old pregnant,

iam seven month old pregnant, our doctor said that the baby in the womb is urinating heavily. is it a problem to child or a mother.

I am in my 18th week of

I am in my 18th week of pregnancy and I feel this strong pain in my left side of my abdomen. Is it normal or is it something to be worried about. Please help as this my first pregnancy.. Thanks

Hiiii I am 10 weeks pregnant

Hiiii I am 10 weeks pregnant and I have had dull aches now and then and sharp pain but not often. I'm 22 and I have po and thought I couldn't have children , so this is my first child and very much wanted but I'm so scared and paranoid. Did anyone else feel like this?!!

Hello i also have po and i

Hello i also have po and i also felt the same kind of pain like going to have period then i was already 8 weeks pregnant. But doctor said that its common, and not to worry. As my pregnancy continued the pain disappeared and I'm now 5 months pregnant and feeling my baby's movement from this week for 1st time, so don't worry everything will be fine.

Hey i never thought i could

Hey i never thought i could coceive neither i am also nervous but youll get through it ..just take your vitamins and eat healthy

I'm 21 weeks and yes it is

I'm 21 weeks and yes it is very normal. It's just your uterus stretching and making room for the baby. :) Good luck! and congrats!!

I am 15 weeks pregnant.

I am 15 weeks pregnant. Several times a day off & on I feel a stabbing pain in my right side lower abdomen. Is this normal. Does any one else have these stabbing pains??

Dont worry i got these

Dont worry i got these stabbing pains too it is just your uterus stretching. i am now 33 weeks pregnant and still get the odd pain.

Don't worry dear, I am 22

Don't worry dear, I am 22 weeks pregnant. This happened to me also.

I'm 33 weeks and some odd

I'm 33 weeks and some odd days... my dr is a complete jerk though. I'm having alot of back and rib pain with some nausea as well as my stomach burning a little plus I've had a migraine for almost 3 days now. Any suggestions? I'm worried even though the baby movement is normal.

dont worry try switching to

dont worry try switching to curd and eat 1portion food in like an hour try slow walks any meds ask second opinion by doc

I'm 32 weeks pregnant and my

I'm 32 weeks pregnant and my provider told in my last visit last Tuesday that if i'll feel those things you mentioned back pain,rib pain,headache or migraine that last eeven you had taken medication, call the labor and delivery of the hospital you're going to give birth. They can check the baby and your condition. Better do it so as not to regret it later.

i am 23 weeks and i sometimes

i am 23 weeks and i sometimes feel strong jerks in the womb is this ok or i should consult the doctor. Actually the appointment is at 28th of nov.

In late august I've started

In late august I've started to have very frquent peeing, exhaustion and a lot of nausea. Basically all the signs of pregnacy, I've never been a spotter and I've spotted a few times over two days and dint receive my period for august. I've have took pregnancies urine and blood test and they came back negative and I've recently just took a pelvic sonogram.. Can I be pregnant and have one of those pregnacies where I have little to no symtoms? I'm just saying because my friend went through the ame and they didn't detect her pregnancy until she was 6 months. The other day I felt little flutter back and forth in my lower stomach and now I have like a lump or ball kind of feeling in my right ribs for like four days now. I have tingly sensation in my boobs but they don't hurt unless they tingle bad and then they feel heavy for a few minuts to where if I stand up I'll fall.

Can this be a sign of pregnacy? Around the the 13-16 week period. Lately I've been hungrier then normal and that's after I eat it feels like I'm still starrving and when I drink orange juice I get nauseous.

Can anyone help me with figuring this out?

Hi, I'm 13weeks and I have

Hi, I'm 13weeks and I have this feeling and somwhat pain in my ribs on my right hand side.. Can that be the baby in that one particular spot? Cause its been almost a week now since I felt it.

I wouldn't think so, your

I wouldn't think so, your uterus isn't that high yet, 13 weeks it would still be under your belly button. I didn't feel proper movement till 20 weeks and it's still not regular, my uterus is only an inch or so above my belly button now, its still not reached my ribs, Maybe the pain is something to do with your body changing and ligaments stretching more so than the baby causing it.

I am 22 weeks and I don't

I am 22 weeks and I don't really know how to count my baby movements or know when its moving . This is my first pregnancy and its alil confusing

i m 10 weeks pregnent n i had

i m 10 weeks pregnent n i had a sharp n sudden pain is dis normal....?

i am a week away from my

i am a week away from my third trimester and sometimes not all of the time when the baby moves it hurts alot!!! this is my third child and i have had nothing like this in any of my preg. it feels like he twisting and its very uncomfertable.

i am 31 weeks and suddenly my

i am 31 weeks and suddenly my baby have stop moveing as much as he use to do and now his kick are softer the before im realy worry, can this be normal?

i am almost 16 weeks

i am almost 16 weeks pregnant,i can feel a lil bit of my baby's moves on one side of my abdomen (right side)...is it normal?

I am only 8 weeks along. I am

I am only 8 weeks along. I am very small and underweight for my age, I am 19. I have been having stomach pains off and on for a few weeks, nothing painful and no bleeding. Just light pressure or a dull pain. I also have this weird thing where, whenever I lay down my arms fall asleep (bad circulation). I feel my stomach and the right lower side is risen more than the left. I don't know if these are all signs of something serious or if I am overreacting and everybody's body reacts different to pregnancy, especially if your underweight. If someone could please let me know about similar stories they have or give me any information that could help. I am supposed to see my doctor for my first ultrasound Thursday but I am worrying and starting to become anxious.

hi, im 30 weeks pregnant and

hi, im 30 weeks pregnant and ever since my 7 months have passed gracefully, now its becomming little harder to get a continuous sleep at night. have to visit the loo a couple of times and my body has become heavier espesially at night, though i am active all day i dont sleep, but alltogether its a wonderfull feeling being pregnant, just waiting for the big day to come.

Is this just me, last time

Is this just me, last time round with Noah although he was very active generally it was a nice feeling having him move and seeing the bits of baby poke out at us, you could really feel him move around lots.

However this time round when bub decided to get a wriggle on you really know about it, and Im just just talking about the odd painfull poke in the ribs. Its inscruciatingly painfull! I end up going ridged and trying not to scream, my bump moves around very violently and freaks the hell out of OH, and Icant move and this can go on for 1/2 hour or so, while I just try to wrap my arms around my bump to hold in in place to stop the jaring movement, which can poke out a good few inches. I dont know if this is cause my stomach muscles are weaker now or just this baby is very strong, Iwondered if anyone else had experience of this, as its really disconcerting.

The same thing is happening

The same thing is happening to me, i'm going to ask the health nurse at my best babies class and other moms in the class. i am so tired but can't sleep baby is moving consistently, wondering if it is okay and i'm only 30wks. My first was not this active.

I am almost 15 weeks and I

I am almost 15 weeks and I get a little bit of pressure in my lower abdomen. But it's usually while I am on my back. Or while I am sleeping. What does that mean? It kind of worries me that it might mean somehing is wrong.

I'm 23 weeks pregnant but I'm

I'm 23 weeks pregnant but I'm worried that I don't feel the baby's movement, sometimes i feel little stress in my lower abdomen and sometimes i feel sharp pain for a while. Is that the movement of the baby or any other problem? According to the doctor's report everything is fine. But still I'm little worried. I would be very thankful to you if you could kindly suggest me some lines.

I am 34 weeks and 4 days. I

I am 34 weeks and 4 days. I was already in the hospital 3 times for bad contractions, except the last time, Last time I was in preterm labor and the doctors did a lot to try and stop it because I was only 32 weeks. I had the steroid shots at that time as well. Now I am having lots more pain in the pelvic area and I can feel the baby moving down below the bikini line as well. This is my second child but with my first I had no problems.I know that all pregnancies are different. My first child was born early and breach. Is it possible that I will go back into early labor? Do I have anything to worry about? I end up in tears when the pains come as well, and I can barely move.

my wife is 9th month pregnant

my wife is 9th month pregnant and she is having jerk like movement in her belly.is this ok?

my wate break in tird month

my wate break in tird month of pregnancy .. my consulting advices me bed rest .. after that tell me fifth month will me dangerous for my baby .. my physician said fifth month is dangerous for ur baby .. i m really worried

hi, im 16 weeks pregnant and

hi, im 16 weeks pregnant and sometimes i feel my baby moving very lightly ofcourse. sometimes I get up to quick and suddenly get pain in my abdomen ..is this normal ?

yes this is very normal, it

yes this is very normal, it has something to do with a round ligament in our belly n legs as we grow it stretches it becomes very tender.

I'm about 30 weeks along and

I'm about 30 weeks along and I can feel my baby girl kicking around my lower abdomen area. By that I mean strong kicks and movement in the crease between my upper belly and lower belly. Does anyone know if this is normal?

im having very mild pain in

im having very mild pain in my lower abdomen, more like a tiny cramp.. only where i feel the baby. im only 17 weeks but my babys verry active & i was wondering if this is normal to feelthat pressure/pain?

I had similar pains and went

I had similar pains and went to the hospital and did a non stress test, urine test, internal examination and all was well :). they think it could be muscle pain (from where the baby puts pressure on your abdomen muscles) or from small braxton-hicks contractions.

They sent me home after being monitored for about an hour and basically said there seems to be nothing to worry about. They were also very patient with me and didn't mind doing all of these tests to alleviate my anxiety.

I feel same pressure pain at

I feel same pressure pain at 19 weeks and worried. What was the outcome of your pregnancy and was everything normal/ok?

I am 28 weeks and i still

I am 28 weeks and i still feel pain sometimes my dr told me that its just growing pains because your uterus is getting bigger but just keep a close eye on it if you start to spot blood or discharge a lot go to the hospital as soon as possible!!!

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