Help! My baby won’t stop moving!

September 07, 2011 12:00 AM by

While feeling your baby kick and roll inside your belly is an amazing experience that many women treasure, it can definitely be a nuisance if you're trying to sleep, enjoy a meal or concentrate on your work. What exactly is Junior doing in there? And is there anything you can do to calm him down?

Right around the sixth or seventh month of your pregnancy, you can expect your baby to begin moving in a noticeable way. However, even if it feels like your little one is doing backflips in there, it doesn't necessarily mean that he'll grow up to become a gymnast. Fetal movement is completely normal (but it's also normal if your baby is calm and quiet, so don't panic if your little one seems subdued for a stretch). And he's not just kicking – he's wiggling, stretching, gripping and even sucking his thumb!

There's not a lot you can do to calm your baby if he's squirming around, but there are ways to lessen the impact of the kicks. You'll feel them the most when you're lying down or resting, so getting up, walking around and keeping busy while your little one is active is good way to distract yourself from his movements.

Of course, if you'd rather revel in the miracle of your baby moving around inside of you, there's nothing wrong with taking a break to lie down on the couch and enjoy the feeling – it'll be over before you know it and your squirming little one will be in your arms!

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