Baby Kicks are amazing experiences for mothers especially for first timers.
These are the first signs of communication between the baby and the mother. Babies spend plenty of time moving their hands and exploring the uterus, hiccuping, turning and who knows, doing somersaults.
Baby Kicks are biological feedbacks every pregnant mother is attentive to. Whether at an increased or decreased frequency, they always mean something.
Here is everything you need to know about this special biological moment:
1. Indicates Good Development
Baby kicks are indicators that the baby’s health and development is on positive course.
Movement is endemic to every living thing. Babies are no exception. They move and respond to stimuli- noise, light and strong foods while in the womb. Some other times the baby kicks when they need to stretch or relax.
2. Baby Kicks Are More After Eating
Pregnant mothers experience more movements and kicks after having a meal.
3. Average Number Of Baby Kicks
The average number of baby kicks and movements falls between 15-20 per day.
At the 28th week of pregnancy, the doctor could suggest a keen observation of the frequency of baby kicks as it is a crucial moment of pregnancy.
4. Baby Kicks Reduce Around 36 Weeks
At 36 weeks or thereabout, baby kicks are not as frequent as usual. Since they are now larger in size, there would be less space for them to make movements.
Habitual meditation may also reduce the frequency of baby kicks.
5. Reduced Kicks Can Also Suggest Fetal Distress
Reduced movements can mean that your baby is distressed from lack of oxygen or nutrients. A low level of sugar can reduce the baby’s activity.
An ultra sound is recommended to check the blood flow. Any reduction in any movement should be noted and communicated to the doctor as soon as possible.
6. Lying on the Left Side Increases Baby kicks
Medical science has proven that pregnant mothers experience more kicks than usual when sleeping on their left side.
The explanation is that when a mother lies on the left side, there is a rapid flow of blood to the fetus which improves the baby’s movement.
7. A Kick In The Wrong Place May Be Dangerous.
This may happen in cases of a rupture pregnancy.
A rupture pregnancy is a rare condition that occurs when there is a tear in the uterine wall, usually due to scars from an initial surgery. A Chinese woman narrowly avoided death last week after her unborn child “kicked” through her uterine wall
The anonymous woman known with the pseudonym, Zhang had undergone a surgery in 2016, to remove fibroid from her uterus. Fibroids are non-cancerous growths positioned along the wall of the uterus.
Few months later she was pregnant. The doctors diagnosed her to have a “high degree of suspected scar rupture of the uterus”. Rupture pregnancies affect less than 5 in 1,000 pregnant women who have previously had a Cesarean section.
Zhang, was in the 35th week of her pregnancy when her baby kicked through a tear in the uterus, causing her severe abdominal pain and problems with her blood pressure, pulse, and breathing. The doctors successfully treated her through a surgical means and saved both lives.