Waking Up Your Fetus!

Moms grown when the baby moves too much, then suddenly, a bit less movement and that's not good either! Physicians ask their moms to check fetal movement regularly once you are feeling the fetal movement. A baby that is moving markedly less is worrisome. Babies that move markedly more are not likely to be abnormal and that is not tracked very often. When you are at term and go in for labor and they put a fetal monitor on your abdomen the best sign that your fetus is moving is the heart rate going up. In fact when you feel the baby move, the heart rate should go up by at least 15 beats per minute extra and stay that way for at least 15 seconds. When The baby isn't moving, we have to get the baby to wake up to be able to see if that heart rate change is responding normally. One way to wake up the fetus is to put a noice on the mom's tummy. This can be done with a tool called an artifical larynx. The noise is put on the pregnant abdomen for a second or two, even up to three, and up to three times in a row, to try to wake the baby It usually works pretty instantly to wake up a developing fetus with the noise maker! Gentally rubbing the baby's back through the abdomen or feedin gthe baby some sugar works too, but more slowly. Babies do not technically run out of room to move at all, so they should be able to move fairly vigorously the whole pregnancy although the types of movements do change and may go from a wide ranging kick to more of a rolling movement.


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