There’s a good reason for each kick and flip. Find out what your womb-mate is up to.

During my two pregnancies, we’d pass time at family gatherings by waiting for the baby to kick. “She’s moving!” I’d yell. But just as grandma Rozzie hustled over, the feeling would pass. “Don’t worry,” I’d assure everyone. “Once I eat, she’ll probably start again.” More often than not, though, the baby was unusually quiet during these get-together, perhaps too mesmerized by all the activity on the outside to make her own ruckus.

Description: Pregnancy

When I think back, I can almost feel those kicks again. Few things are as magical as the baby in your belly letting you know she’s there, well before you’ll meet her face-to-face. “At five months, I only had a slight bump, so the pregnancy wasn’t totally real to me yet,” says Gina Bartnik, of Brooklyn, US. “But when I felt that movement for first time, I thought, this is really happening. There’s someone growing inside me.” Not only growing, but stretching, doing somersaults, and a lot more! Learn about all there is to relish as your baby-to-be shows you her best moves.

The early flutters

Description: normal fetus at 20th week of pregnancy

normal fetus at 20th week of pregnancy

·      When you feel them

You’ll usually detect your baby’s first movements, known as quickening, between 16 and 22 weeks. It may be only a tiny quiver, but it’s tremendously exciting. With those first few stirrings, your baby transforms from being someone you can only imagine to an actual person who is already making himself know.

·      What they feel like

Some pregnant moms say the sensation reminds them of a “butterfly kiss” (like eyelashes rubbing against your belly); others describe it as popcorn popping, or ginger ale bubbling. The feeling is subtle, though, so many women miss it entirely. And others can’t tell whether what they’re feeling is the baby or indigestion. “These are very subtle movements, which start around the 8th week. Mostly, mothers can’t tell initially,” says Dr. Neena Singh, Director, Robotics Gynaecology, International Centre for Robotic Surgery, Delhi.

“Patients sometimes come to the clinic complaining of gas pains, or of a tingle in their bladder,” says Dr. William Scheweizer, Clinical Associate Professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University Langone Medical Center, in the US.

·         What’s happening

This is nothing but your baby moving and bouncing in the spacious sac, explain Dr. Singh. At 17 weeks, for instance, your little passenger can certainly kick, but he’s only about 5 inches long, so the amniotic fluid he’s swimming in buffers his subtler movements; you’ll feel only the full flops. If you get a sonogram at this stage, you’ll see that your baby is pretty active. In addition to turning, he’s flexing and punting, even sucking his thumb! And that’s a joyful sight!

Real-deal jabs

Description: normal fetus at 30th week of pregnancy

normal fetus at 30th week of pregnancy

·         When you feel them

Between 20 and 30 weeks, Baby’s movements become more noticeable as she grows bigger and stronger. “I’m 21 weeks, and for about 1 month, I’ve been feeling flutters,” says Jen Munson, New York, US. “Then one night, I experienced my first definitive ‘You now have my attention’ kick.”

·         What they feel like

You’ll get an unmistakable jolt right in your midsection. “I was in a meeting a work, and I had my hand on the side of my belly when I felt a thump for the first time,” remembers Amy Jo Irwin, of Washington, US. “I basically ignored the rest of that meeting because I was so intent on getting her to kick again!”

·         What’s happening

By this time the sac has grown, your baby has grown exponentially, and you can feel your baby’s movements, which are like a thud, Dr. Singh says. At 12 weeks, the average baby weighs less than 30 grams; by 26 weeks, the baby weighs slightly more than 900 grams. Her larger, more powerful feet and arms will pack some real punch, which, not surprisingly, an make it hard for you (or even your partner) to rest. And getting accustomed to late night wake-ups is not a bad thing.

Behold! Amazing in uterus gymnastics

Description: normal fetus at 35th week of pregnancy

normal fetus at 35th week of pregnancy

·         When you feel them

From weeks 30 to 35, you’ll be fascinated by watching your stomach change shapes as your baby shifts inside it. During both my pregnancies, my round belly would suddenly become pointy in one side, or even square-shaped, until another wave of motion would make it morph yet again. Or, I’d wake up to a lopsided tummy because the baby decided to cosy up and burrow on one side.

·         What they feel like

“It’s truly an inexplicable sensation,” Beth Overla, of Michigan, US remembers. You might try to decipher what part of the baby is poking against your side or passing across your stomach: Is that a foot? An elbow? A knee? “Whenever Ezra moved, I would see a big thing go across my bally,” says Shaina Silverman, of Houston, US. “I asked my doctor about it. He laughed and said it was his tush!”

·         What’s happening

A lot is going inside now! In one study in the US, when women in their third trimester were asked to count their baby’s kicks, they reported feeling an average of 10 movements in 20 minutes. It’s normal for your baby now to continually shift around. Eating certain kinds of foods typically results in some action, but sounds play a role too. In fact, what most excites many babies is Daddy. By about the fifth month of pregnancy, your baby hears well, and low-pitched sounds – like a man’s voice – give babies more of a jolt than high-pitched sounds do, probably due to the way sound travels through water.

Final stretches

Description: normal fetus at 40th week of pregnancy

normal fetus at 40th week of pregnancy

·         When you feel them

Once you’ve hit 35 weeks, your baby has less room to move, so you’ll notice fewer gymnastics. But she may still have more tricks in store before she makes her debut. “The day before my maternity leave began, I was in the ferry to work,” says Dorothy Voigs, of New York, US. “A mother and her young son sat across from me, and he was starting at my belly because the baby was moving noticeably. Then he grabbed his mom and screamed, ‘That lady has an alien inside her!’ I laughed so hard, I thought I’d go into labour.”

·         What they feel like

You may have pain under your ribs because your nearly full-grown baby is pushing up with her feet. Your pelvis may also ache as she presses her head download – not un, but ar least she’s moving in the right direction!

·         What’s happening

By eight months, most babies settle into a head-down position, preparing for birth. A small percentage gets into the breech, or head-up position. (if your baby stays that way, you’re likely to need a Caesarean section) “The last month was very exciting,” remembers Robyn Buie, of Oklahoma City, US. “One week my daughter would be breech. The next week, her head would be down. I was able to guess her position because I could feel her hiccups. If they were high, she was breech. Low? Her head was down.” Cue to the best part of your pregnancy (around 40 weeks): When it ends, however it ends, you’ll finally have your little acrobat in your arm.

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