Most expectant mothers can feel the fetal movement when they are 4 months pregnant, which is the happiest time. Starting from the 28th week of pregnancy, expectant mothers should form the habit of counting their own fetal movements. This will help to find out the abnormal situation of the fetus in time to ensure that they can go to the hospital in time. Learning how to count fetal movements can keep your baby healthy and prevent accidents. So how do expectant mothers count fetal movements?
I. The significance of counting fetal movements
Fetal movement is a symbol of the existence of life in the womb. By counting the times of fetal movement in a certain period of time, we can master the law of fetal movement, which is an effective method of self-monitoring of fetal situation.
2. Correct method and time of fetal movement counting
Method 1: record the time required for 10 fetal movements
From the 28th week of pregnancy, the mother to be can measure the fetal movement by herself (it is suggested that after dinner, because the fetal movement is more frequent at this time), adopt the left lying position, and record the time required for 10 times of fetal movement. If the time required for 10 fetal movements is less than 120 minutes, it means that there is no abnormality in the number of fetal movements. If there is no sense of fetal movements or the time required for 10 fetal movements is more than 2 hours, a doctor should be called for further examination as soon as possible.
Method 2: calculate the number of fetal movements in fixed time
The mother to be measures the fetal movement in the morning, noon and evening for one hour each day, at least three times per hour. The total number of fetal movements in 3 hours is multiplied by 4, and the result is no less than 30 times. If less than 10 times, seek immediate medical attention.
3. How much fetal movement per day is normal?
Generally speaking, after 28 weeks of pregnancy, fetal movements are about 3-5 times per hour, and 30-40 times in 12 hours. If the fetal movement is less than 3 times per hour, it often indicates that the fetus may be lack of oxygen, so it should not be taken lightly.
Under normal circumstances, the strength and frequency of fetal movements vary in a day and night. The frequency of fetal movements is less in the morning, more after 6 p.m., and most active at 8-11 p.m. This means that the fetus has its own sleep pattern, which is called fetal biological clock. The strength and frequency of fetal movement vary greatly. Some 12 hours as many as 100 times, some only 30-40 times. However, as long as the fetal movement is regular, rhythmic and the change curve is not big, it indicates that the fetal development is normal.
IV. what time of the day is the most obvious fetal movement?
Bedtime: most expectant mothers say that fetal movements are most frequent before going to bed at night. On the one hand, because the baby is more energetic at this time, on the other hand, it is usually at this time that the mother to be can calm down to feel the baby's fetal movement, so she will feel that it moves much more.
After dinner: after eating, the blood sugar content of the mother to be increases, and the baby has enough energy to eat and drink, so the fetal movement will become more frequent than before.
When bathing: it may be because the expectant mother will feel more relaxed when bathing. This kind of emotion will be conveyed to the baby, and the baby will be more energetic.
When talking to the stomach: both parents say that when communicating with the baby, the baby will respond and express his feelings in the way of fetal movement.
When listening to music: when stimulated by music, the baby will become active, which is also a way to convey emotions.
5. What factors affect the expectant mother's perception of fetal movement?
1. Thickness of abdominal wall
For a mother to be with a thick abdominal wall, the baby's fetal movement will be slightly dull. And the abdominal wall thin mother to be to the third trimester, when the baby moves, you can even see a bulge from the outside of the belly.
2. How much is amniotic fluid
Amniotic fluid is the protection god of the baby. Amniotic fluid insulates many influences from the outside world. It also affects how expectant mothers feel about their baby's movements. The mother to be with more amniotic fluid will be slower to feel the baby's fetal movement.
3. Sensitivity of expectant mothers
Everyone's sensitivity is different. Some expectant mothers have a strong sense of pain, so even the extremely slight fetal movement can be keenly felt.