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Worrying is a huge part of the pregnancy process. During this time, you are responsible for the wellbeing of two people, one of whom is yet to have any resistance to the world at large. When you are pregnant in your third trimester, it is completely normal to become anxious about your baby and its movements within the womb. To put this anxiety to ease it is important to understand what kind of movement is normal during the final month of pregnancy.
How Does a Baby Move During the Nine Month of Pregnancy?
It is common to expect your baby to move all the time in the womb, towards the third trimester, especially during the ninth month of pregnancy. It is also common for most parents to panic if there are fewer baby movements in the 9th month. The one thing that is important to remember is the mother’s health is crucial to the delivery being successful, hence it is essential to put the anxiety of irregular baby movements to rest.
During the ninth month of pregnancy, a healthy baby should kick approximately 10 times every two hours. This is also the month of their delivery so most mothers will notice a spike in baby activity. However, some may just be more subdued without any illness or danger; so as long as the kick count stays at 10 or above for every two hours, there is no need to panic. If your baby is not moving enough, consult your doctor so they can do an ultrasound and check on your baby’s health.
What is Considered as Normal Baby Movement in the 9th Month?
Baby movement in the 9th month is normal even during labour. Normal movements for babies during this period can be hard to define as they have grown enough to force a stretch or flip upside down in your womb, each baby has a unique trend of movement and thus it doesn’t have a strict philosophy of movement.
If you notice a drastic decline in the movement in comparison to the way they normally move or notice a sharp abdominal pain that seems abnormal it could indicate something is wrong. It is best to spend a few hours a day noticing the movement trends of your baby. This way you can identify when the movement feels different, if it does, please visit a doctor immediately.
When and How to Count Baby’s Movements
It can be a stressing thing to keep count of your baby’s kicks all the time. Here how to count your baby’s movement trends.
- Keep a handful of coins with you, every time your baby kicks, move one coin to the other hand or pocket, if the kick count tallies to all the coins within two hours, your baby is possibly safe.
- Check your baby’s kick count isn’t the only way to count your baby’s movements, on a piece of paper, note the time, record the time between each fetal movement, if the movement count at the end of the day averages to 10 every 2 hours, it is a healthy sign.
- Make a chart with hours in the day, mark every movement, be it a kick, punch or any other movement, next to it, make an indicator of movement strength by ranking it between 1-10, if the movements are consistently below 4, seek medical advice.
- Notice the time your baby moves, they usually have patterns like most adults, they should move after meals, before meals, when you’re in the toilet, after a nap and when you walk or exercise. Ensure you make a note of these patterns in a notebook, if the movements are extremely different from normal, talk to your doctor.
Things to Keep in Mind
The most important facts to keep in mind regarding your ninth month of pregnancy are that your baby’s movements will be more restricted than normal as they have grown too big to manoeuvre around your womb, weak movements could be a sign of danger. The baby must show some sign of stable movement, usually at least 10 counts of movement every 120 minutes. If movement is followed by vaginal bleeding, heavy abdominal cramps, irregular movements or a slowdown of movements, please seek medical attention immediately.
Do baby movements slow down in late pregnancy?
Every baby has unique movement patterns, some move a lot more than others, as long as your baby moves more than 10 times every two hours, there shouldn’t be any reason to worry, if your baby’s movements are significantly less than previous months but still above 10 movements every 120 minutes, please seek medical advice.
When it comes to the final stretch of your pregnancy, it is better to be safe with your baby’s health, if you feel something is abnormal please seek help from your doctor, stick to your check-ups, keep a delivery bag ready so you can make it to the hospital as soon as possible. This is a period where the mother’s health is at risk as well, so ensure you look after yourself by following the instructions of your doctor.