Interested to know more about the amazing baby kicks? Read here some unbelievable facts and answers tricky questions. We also share a kicks counting chart that will help you track the movements.
After reading these facts, you cannot but marvel at the miracle called pregnancy.
• Babies are generally most active between the hours of 9 P.M. and 1 A.M. in response to a change in blood sugar levels.
• Babies will generally kick more if you’re lying on your left side because circulation is improved when you’re in this position. (It also helped me during those times when I was battling pregnancy-induced heartburn and indigestion. Apparently lying on my left side helped facilitate my digestion. Chewing gum also did the trick, too!)
• Your health helps to determine your baby’s activity level. If you smoke, are experiencing excess stress, or have poor eating habits, your baby’s kicks may reflect that with weaker or less frequent movements.
• Babies often kick in reaction to noise. Some babies will respond positively to voices, particularly their parents’. However, many will become agitated when they’re subjected to noisy environments. In order to avoid undue stress, it’s best to avoid loud noises whenever possible.
• Babies often kick in order to turn themselves away from light. They like dark, quiet environments. Do your best to keep bright light away from them if you notice they start kicking a lot when you expose your tummy to light.
• Babies often kick in reaction to foods you’ve eaten. Spicy foods get many babies up and kicking. Sugary foods can deliver a sugar-high to your baby that induces lots of movement and restlessness. Even though it may be reassuring to feel your baby’s heightened activity, it’s best to avoid sugar-laden foods and drinks and opt for healthier alternatives. Proper nutrition is vital to the well-being of both you and your baby.
• Babies often kick in reaction to your movement. If you’re exercising or just having a generally busy day, babies often respond with an activity of their own.
• Most fetuses will move around thirty times every hour, although you won’t necessarily feel all of those movements due to the baby’s positioning within the womb.
• Movements tend to subside around the 32nd week as your baby gets bigger and has less room to move about.
Kicks generally signify normal development and health of a baby
The baby kicks usually indicate that your baby is developing well inside the womb. You can understand that the baby is active when they turn, tumble, roll, and kick inside the womb. Moreover, a swishing feeling or flutter can be experienced in the abdomen when the baby stretches out its limbs. These movements become more distinct towards the later stages of pregnancy.
The baby is likely to respond to external stimuli
Babies kick in response to some changes in the surrounding environment. Any external stimuli such as the food you eat or different noises can make the baby move or kick.
Response to sounds:
During the 20th week, the fetus begins to hear low-pitch sounds and gradually begin to high-pitched sounds as the pregnancy proceeds. These movements can indicate the normal growth of the baby.
Response to foods:
The food that the mother eats during pregnancy introduces the baby to various flavors through the amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby inside the womb. These flavors can make the baby move if they like or dislike them.
The baby’s kicks increase when lying on the side
You can feel more kicks if you sleep on your side. This is because the supply of blood to the baby increases while lying on the left or right side, thereby improving their movements.
Professor Peter Stone of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, who led a study published in The Journal of Physiology, says: “When the mother slept on her back, the baby became less active, which conserves oxygen. We found that the babies were only in an active state when the mother was on her left or right side. When the mother changed position during sleep, for example from left to back sleeping, the baby quickly changed activity state.”