For all women, pregnancy is a very exciting phase in their life. The wait could seem never ending. But you are nevertheless not bored. There are a number of activities that keep you busy throughout the day. Feeling the baby movements, singing to him, massaging your belly for connecting with your bundle of joy and keeping your baby safe and sound in the womb; life has become extremely hectic!
But while you do everything to give the best start in his life, have you ever wondered about the development of the baby in the womb? Is his progression normal? Many mothers do not even discuss or ask the doctor about the baby’s progression.
They assume that things are ok. Most of them do not even take a passing look at the scan reports and doctor’s diagnosis. All they do is to follow the doctor’s advice and prescription blindly without ever going deeper into the problem or enquiring as to why they need to follow a certain regimen.
Motherhood is a special gift from God and all mothers must make sure that they know everything about the gift that is growing in their belly every day.
Ways to Check Your Baby’s Progression in the Womb
Check Your Belly Size
The baby in your womb is growing at amazing speed every day. The fastest and easiest way to keep check on his progressions is to check the size of your belly. You can see for sure that your belly is growing. But is it growing at the right pace or is it growing too much? There is a definite way to know that.
Take a measuring tape and measure your belly, starting from the top part of the uterus and ending at the pubic bone. The measurement has to be taken in centimetres. This measurement has to correspond to the number of weeks you are in your pregnancy. If the measurement goes beyond the number of weeks, it means that your baby is growing bigger than necessary. Less than the stipulated length means that the growth is less.
Though there could be slight variations depending on your body type, you will know when to make a visit to the doctor if there is a wide variation in the length. An overgrown or underdeveloped foetus is both dangerous and cannot be discarded as a normal phenomenon.
Check Your Weight to Measure progression
When you are pregnant, your weight must always be on an upward progression ant never in a downward progression. So make sure that you check your weight every 2-3 weeks. If you weight seems static or is reducing, either you are not well nourished or there is something wrong with the growth of your foetus.
The growth of the baby is directly proportional to the mother’s weight gain. So ensuring that you have a balanced meal every day is essential to keep the baby growing well and fine. During a woman’s entire nine months of pregnancy, she must have gained around 30 pounds if she had a normal weight before pregnancy.
The weight gain will be different if you are underweight or overweight. During the first trimester, a mother would not have gained much weigh. But in the second trimester, the weight gain will be drastic with 3-4 pounds of weight gain every month. Check with your doctor if you feel that your weight is too low or too high.
Heart Beats of Your Baby to Check his Progression
By the close of first trimester of pregnancy, you would have heard that delicate heart of your baby thumping away in clear, rhythmic movements. A Doppler, a device that a doctor uses to check your baby’s heart beats can help in understanding his progression. A baby who is healthy will have a beat rate between 110 and 160 in a minute. This itself is an indication that your baby is progressing naturally and without any complications.
To measure your baby’s heart beat at home, you can get a foetal heart monitor which comes very useful while you are travelling as well. When you hear your baby’s clear heart beat, you know that he is safe and sound in your womb.
Movements of Your Baby in The Womb
Once the second trimester starts, most mothers start looking for fluttery movements in their womb. The first movement that you feel is the most joyous moment in your life. Every subsequent movement is cherished by the mother. The movements in your belly should start by around the 20th week of your pregnancy. It will soon advance from soft fluttering movements to hard kicks and pushes in your stomach. It could sometimes pain too!
Monitoring the foetal movements will give you an idea about the health of your baby. Continuous movement, not less than 4-5 movements an hour is an indication that your baby is healthy and somersaulting in your womb. He is absolutely fine and needs nothing better that what he already has; a safe and secure environment for proper mental and physical development. Babies are normally said to be more active as soon as a mother eats food or in the evenings when they are in a mood to play around their limited space.
Importance of an Ultrasound Scan in Measuring Development
An ultrasound scan plays an important role in measuring a baby’s growth and development, both physical and mental. Mostly a minimum of three ultrasound scans are scheduled, one for each trimester in order to monitor the progress of the baby and also to measure many other things. The ultrasound in the first trimester is mostly done in order to measure the foetal sac.
The second scan is scheduled around the 20th week of pregnancy and is a more elaborate one to check the development of organs and also to rule out anomalies and complications. The third scan, done in the third trimester will decide your date of delivery according to the size of the baby. It will also show the position of the baby after which you can decide on whether you are fit for a normal delivery or a caesarean. Ultrasounds are conducted in between also if the doctor feels the need in order to check the health or growth of the baby.