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  • 9 Ways to Try Getting Your Baby to Kick and Punch While in the Womb!

    It doesn’t take a lot to get your baby to kick, punch, or do somersaults in your womb!
    by Rachel Perez .
9 Ways to Try Getting Your Baby to Kick and Punch While in the Womb!
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  • Sometimes, your pregnancy doesn’t sink in until you hear your baby’s heartbeat, see him or her via ultrasound, and feel him move. It’s on top of the firsts things a pregnant woman look forward to while waiting for the birth of her child.

    Feeling your baby move inside your womb is a good indication of how he’s doing inside. As early as Week 7 of your pregnancy, your baby is starting to move inside your belly, but you just won’t feel it until Week 16. By then he’s grown considerably that you can already feel his kicks.

    As you get near your due date, your baby becomes snug in your womb that you can feel even the littlest of his movements — it can even feel like an actual punch in the gut or near your pelvic area. It’s crucial to monitor your baby’s movement because it indicates his well-being inside. Ideally, your baby registers at least 10 kicks within an hour or when your little one is most active.

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    How to get your baby to move in the womb

    When your baby moves in the womb, it is usually a happenstance that you get to feel but one that your husband or a sibling may miss experiencing. But a baby responds to many types of stimulus outside the womb, and it doesn’t take a lot to encourage your baby to kick, punch, or do a somersault, as moms from our Smart Parenting Village Facebook group share below. Remember, though, to only try these after checking with your doctor. Hope you find what works for your little one.

    1. Have a snack.

    A lot of moms suggested eating something to make their baby shift positions. Opt for healthy snacks such as cheese and crackers, peanut butter toast, Greek yogurt, fruits like banana and apple, and nuts. It’s the surge in your blood sugar levels after having a snack that gets your baby to kick.

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    “My baby usually moves after eating, especially if I eat something that I crave,” one mom shared. At least three other moms swore that eating chocolate got their baby moving (eat in moderation).

    2. Drink something cold.

    It could be just water or fresh juice, but as long as it’s cold, it really works for many moms. Babies respond to temperature, whether it’s refreshment going down your digestive tract or an ice pack placed on your bump.

    3. Gently poke or jiggle your belly.

    Some babies move even with the slightest touch, while other babies need more than feeling your hands caressing your tummy. You’ve probably noticed this during an ultrasound scan with ob-gyn sonologist, that she ever so gently giver your stomach a gentle poke or jiggle. You can try it, but remember not to overdo it.

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    4. Do a little exercise or change positions.

    Getting the adrenaline going can get your baby excited, too. If your doctor has cleared you to continue to do pregnancy exercises, try doing a few jumping jacks, jogging in place for a few seconds, or some stretching. One mom shared that she does a little dance if she wants to feel her baby kick.

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    You can also carefully change positions from sitting down to going on all fours or taking a few steps, and then sitting again or lying down on the bed. When you settle down, you’ll feel that your baby is also be settling into a new position.

    5. Take a bath!

    You could take a warm or cold shower, and the change in temperature will awaken your baby and move around. The other theory behind it is that baths are relaxing, and when you’re relaxed, you can be more attuned to feel your baby’s movement inside your womb.

    6. Have a prenatal massage.

    Experts suggest prenatal massages work based on touch and relaxation. Your baby might respond to the touch aspect of the massage — just make sure to get a professional trained to work with pregnant women for your prenatal massage. Then, when you’re relaxed, you can feel your baby move even more.

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    7. Shine a light on your womb.

    Your baby is drawn to the light as early as between Week 16 to Week 22 even before they open their peepers at Week 28. Try shining a flashlight on one part of your womb, and if your baby is awake, he might just move and follow or move away from it, depending on his mood.

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    8. Talk and sing to your baby.

    Your little one can already hear while inside your womb as early as Week 18 of your pregnancy. The first sounds your baby will learn to recognize is mom’s heartbeat and voice and can be soothing to your baby. “Kapag lagi mo kinakausap, nagre-respond si baby sa voice mo,” one mom said.

    9. Play music to your baby.

    You may also just want to share some music with your little one. One mom shared that whenever she wants her baby to kick, “playing classical or any lively music” does the trick. Actually, any kind of music, even your partner playing an instrument can work, too, as long as it’s not too loud for your baby.

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    Some first-time pregnant women don’t know precisely how a moving baby inside the womb feels. Don’t worry, just ask your doctor. In the beginning, it feels like butterflies or flutter in the stomach. When you’re in your third trimester and your little one’s moving space is already a bit snug, you could start seeing your baby’s feet protruding on your belly!

    Based on research, doctors also advise pregnant women to sleep on their side (preferably on their left side) to promote proper blood flow to your placenta and your baby in your womb. Not feeling your baby move at any point during the pregnancy can be a cause for concern. Alert your doctor right away and head to the hospital, where doctors can conduct an ultrasound or a non-stress test (NST) to confirm that the baby is well, or check for any red flags and ensure you and your baby’s health moving forward.

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