Getting Your Baby to Move at Different Stages of Pregnancy

Getting your baby to move in womb is a very important task during pregnancy. If you are having trouble getting your baby to move, then it means that there are some things which need attention. You might have heard or read about different ways of getting your baby to move during pregnancy but you never really knew all the details before now. So here’s everything you need to know about Getting Your Baby to Move at Different Stages of Pregnancy:


What is Moving?

Moving refers to any movement of the body parts. For example, when you’re walking around, you are usually moving your legs and feet. When you’re sitting down, your back is usually straight and upright. All these movements involve moving parts of the body. These types of movements are called actions (or activities).


How Does Getting Your Baby to Move During Pregnancy Affect My Body?

When you start pushing with your abdomen, your stomach starts to rise up. That action is called pushing. This action causes the uterus to push against the cervix. The cervix pushes back against the uterus causing it to move inside of itself. This movement of uterine parts causes contractions (also known as waves). Contractions lead to stronger and stronger waves. These strong waves reach the head of the baby during the pushing stage. If you’re wondering why this is necessary, remember that the baby has been in an uncomfortable position for quite some time now. He or she needs to move around a bit! After the baby has been moved to a more comfortable position, you will experience great relief. You will feel more comfortable and relaxed.


What Else Should I Know?

The main thing you should know is that all of this will be over with soon. Also, you will need to push in an upward direction with your stomach to get your baby to move. You might also feel a lot of pressure in your groin and perineum area (the space between the vaginal opening and the rectum). This is completely normal. It is important to keep breathing and stop if you start feeling pain. Pain is not normal and means that you need to see a doctor or midwife right away.


Will I Need to Be Checked?

If you have been trying to get your baby to move for several hours and if the baby still isn’t moving, then a check-up may be in order. If you’re feeling a lot of pain during these contractions but your baby still isn’t coming, this is also a reason to seek medical help immediately. In any case, if you feel that something is wrong, then you need to seek medical attention right away. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.


Is There a Doctor That Can Come To My Home?

If you don’t have any health insurance, or your insurance doesn’t cover the cost of a an office visit, you may want to see if there is a doctor that will come to your home. This type of physician is called a “hospitalist.” Hospitalists are doctors who work in hospitals but will make house calls. You can find one by doing an online search for “hospitalists” and your town or city. Alternatively, you can ask your midwife or an OB/GYN for a referral.


What Should I Do in the Meantime?

In the meantime, you can try taking a warm bath to see if that helps your baby get into a better position. You can also try doing pelvic tilts and using additional counter pressure to help with the discomfort of your contractions.


Why is it so Important?

Getting your baby to move into a better position makes a lot of difference. It can help you feel better throughout the rest of your pregnancy. It can even lead to a shorter labor! If nothing else, it alleviates some of that pressure you’ve been feeling in your groin and perineum area.


Is There Anything Else I Can Do?

You can also try getting up and walking around during the last few weeks of your pregnancy. This can help your baby move into a better position. Walking helps strengthen a pelvic floor and increases blood flow to the area, which is important when it comes time to push your baby out.


What If These Methods Don’t Work?

If nothing seems to work and if you continue to feel pressure and pain during your contractions, then it is time to see a doctor or midwife. You probably will be sent to the hospital if you haven’t gone into labor already. Remember that there is no reason to feel embarrassed or worried; this happens sometimes. Your doctor or midwife wants what’s best for you and your baby.

The main thing to remember is that your wellbeing is the most important thing. If anything seems wrong, then follow your doctor’s or midwife’s orders and seek immediate medical attention.


What if I Make It to My Due Date?

If you make it to your due date or even past it, don’t worry. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to have your baby that day. A lot of women go past their due date and still have their babies several days or even weeks later. Just continue to listen to your body and if anything seems wrong, contact your doctor or midwife immediately.

Now that you know what to expect, you can focus on preparing yourself for the big day! Just remember to rest when you’re tired and eat when you’re hungry.

If you need anything, just ask your partner, friends, or family.

You’re doing a great job, Mom-to-be!

What to Expect During Your Stay

You’ve been admitted! This is probably your first time in a hospital, so you might be feeling a little overwhelmed.

We’re here to walk you through your first day.

1) Making the Cut

Whether you’re having a planned c-section or an unplanned one, you will have a cut made into your skin. The method of cutting your skin will differ based on if you’re having a planned or unplanned c-section, so we’ve explained both below.

a) Planned C-Section

If you’re going in for a planned c-section, then the cut will be made right below your belly button. You may have heard that there’s skin that needs to be cut through in order for your baby to be pulled out.

This isn’t true! There is no skin standing in the way; instead, your doctor will make a small incision in your belly button and then move their way down. From there, they’ll either pull your baby out or use forceps to pull your baby out.

b) Unplanned C-Section

If you’re having an unplanned c-section and need an incision made in order for your baby to be pulled out, then this is where it will take place. The skin that needs to be cut through will be circled in red below.

2) Getting Your Baby Out

The next step of your admission is the delivery of your baby. Whether you’re having a planned or unplanned c-section, this is the part where your doctor or midwife will pull your baby out of your belly and into the world.

a) Unplanned C-Section

If you’re having an unplanned c-section, then a doctor will be sent in to make the incision and pull your baby out. Depending on your doctor and where you are in the hospital, you may have different people performing these tasks.

Once they’ve cut through the skin and pulled your baby out, they will stop the bleeding with surgical gauze and then take your child to be cleaned up.

b) Planned C-section

If you’re having a planned c-section, then a nurse or midwife will guide your baby out of your womb and into the world. While this is happening, another medical professional will stop the bleeding with surgical gauze.

3) Caring for Your Baby

Immediately following birth, a nurse or midwife will take your baby to be cleaned up from all the liquids that were on them during birth. The liquid that washes off is called the vernix caseata.

This white, waxy substance acts as a natural form of sunscreen for your baby while they were in your belly. After they’re cleaned up, a nurse or midwife will bring your baby to you to hold for the first time. Shortly after, both you and your child will be taken to a room where you can bond.

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