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Pregnant? 7 Amazing Facts About Your Baby’s Kicks



That moment when you feel your baby kick for the first time, the joy you’ll feel is unquantifiable, these tiny movement is one of those things that assure you your baby is growing and healthy. A pregnant woman usually feel her baby ‘s first kick, often called ‘quickening,’ around the 16th and 25th weeks of her pregnancy. Although, if you’re a first time mom, you might not feel these movement until around your 25th week but if it’s your first, you might feel it as early as the 13th week.

You can easily feel your baby kick while sitting or in a relaxed position. Here are the 7 things your baby’s kicks during pregnancy is saying;

1. The first kick indicates development and growth

The first kick of your baby in the womb shows that your baby is alive, active and healthy. Dr Taneja explains, “The first kick of the baby in the womb indicates her age, growth and her viability.” And if your baby flex his/her limbs at the beginning of your pregnancy you can feel the flutter in your belly.

2. Kicks also indicate the baby’s response to his environment

Your baby may kick as a response to any physical movement you make yourself. If you just finished eating, he/she may move or stretch in response to the noise of the food that you consumed.



3. Increased frequency of kicks while lying on the left side

If you lie on your left side while pregnant, you may get an increased number of kicks from your baby. Dr Taneja explains, “This is because lying on the left side boosts blood supply into the foetus, thereby increasing the baby’s movements.” So if you experience extra kicks when you lie on your left side, don’t be alarmed, your baby is only displaying signs of energy.

 

4. Kicks are also indicative of future behavior

If your baby is extra active and kicks a lot and strongly, you might have a  baby that you’ll have to be running after when they are growing up. “Recent studies have also shown that baby’s kick hold the key to his/her brain development,” says Dr Taneja.

5. You may start receiving kicks almost immediately after you hit nine weeks

Your baby may start kicking anytime between 16 weeks and 25 weeks, but they can also kick after nine weeks, it’s normal. If you feel your baby kick before 9 weeks, talk to your doctor. After the 24 weeks of your pregnancy, you’ll feel kicks more often.

6. Reduced kicking at end of the pregnancy indicates the baby’s distress

If after 28 weeks of pregnancy, your baby’s kicks suddenly reduce, talk to your doctor immediately. Dr Taneja says “Reduced kicks are an indication that the baby may be under some kind of stress,” If you noticed that your child’s kicks has reduced, record the time it takes for your child to kick 10 times. The foetus could be having reduced or insufficient supply of oxygen so do this, take a cold glass of water and a long walk. If your baby does not kick 10 times in two hours, then you should consult a doctor and undergo an ultrasound scan.

7. Reduced kicks after 36 weeks is no worry

If your baby’s kicks reduce after your baby is 36 weeks, there’s no cause to worry, your baby doesn’t have enough room to kick and move around in. Although you experience a kick in your ribs.

A baby’s kicks gives the mother so much joy, knowing she’s carrying a life in her which is why you might be worried if your baby stops kicking, whatever you are unsure of, just talk to your doctor. Wishing you safe delivery!

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4 Things You Can Blame On Pregnancy



Tell me, did you ever use pregnancy as an excuse to get out of a situation you don’t want to be in? Well I did! But seriously, it’s the only reward you get during pregnancy that is, until you give birth to your baby. One look at your bump and people will let you off. I didn’t have to queue to enter BRT bus, even in banks, men take one look at me and allow me get to the front and do my transaction like fast fast.

It makes all the pains and sores of pregnancy a little more bearable, and here are some of the things we blame on pregnancy;

Pregnancy brain

This is the short form for forgetfulness. If you’re pregnant and you forgot to do something or how to do it, don’t worry people won’t blame you, they’d blame it on pregnancy brain. My MIL heard my husband blaming me for forgetting to put his packed lunch in the car, you can’t believe she berated him, “don’t you know she’s pregnant? Pregnant women have a tendency to forget” Since then, I made forgetfulness my excuse, and he was quick to let things go, funky yeah?

Weird food combinations and cravings

Trust me, every unhealthy food that I wouldn’t eat on a normal day without being questioned is what I eat when I’m pregnant, I especially loved “nzu (chalk)” and cold water, garri and groundnut and no one can take them from me. Some women hate eating the foods cooked by their hand during pregnancy, they’d rather they eat their neighbour’s food or one cooked by someone else but them. Did I tell you about how I loved eating rice and okro? Which I would normally not eat.



 

Not engaging in any strenous activity

If you don’t want to wahala yourself, pregnancy is your best excuse, “Eh! Can you please help me sweep the floor, I can’t bend” Even strangers become generous when they see you are pregnant, “let me help you carry that bag” they’ll offer to help because it looks heavy”. Even though you might be overwhelmed by the attention and everyone being at your beck and call, don’t get used to it, because it’s not healthy. To be strong you need to move around and work.

Body aches

Your ribs may hurt, your body may ache and you may constantly need a pain relief medication. For me, my legs were always swollen, so I’d beg hubby for a massage, with my leg stretched on the table I’ll relax and have dear hubby minister to my needs, after all it’s our baby. If I’m good, I get a body massage too.

But pregnancy can do mean things to someone, your back will hurt, your legs may ache and your feet will be all swollen, there will be times when you’d need help standing up from the chair and you may be waddling like a whale instead of walking.

At the end when you sight and hold your wriggling baby in your hands, your joy will know no bound, and all the pains will be forgotten. Meanwhile, use pregnancy to get some pampering, but don’t be lazy!

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