How to Distinguish between Fetal and Intestinal Movements, Don’t Get Me Wrong Mom!
During pregnancy, many mothers feel movement in their stomach. But, how do you tell the difference between fetal movement and bowel movement? Is your little one actively moving, or is Mother hungry?
According to WebMD, fetal movement is still not really felt in the first trimester. You will only really feel it when you enter the second and third trimesters.
Then how to tell the difference? Here’s how to tell the difference.
How to tell the difference between fetal and bowel movements
Fetal movements usually occur at certain times, such as when the baby is active or after the mother eats. When your little one is active, Mother will feel intense fetal movements, while when she is sleeping, fetal movements can be very minimal.
Meanwhile, bowel movements can occur at any time, especially after eating. If you feel movement after eating, it is most likely a bowel movement.
1. The frequency of appearance of the movement
Fetal movements are usually less frequent and occur at regular intervals, while bowel movements usually occur continuously or repeatedly.
If you feel movement in your stomach every few minutes, it’s most likely a bowel movement.
2. Movement duration
Fetal movements tend to be longer and more intense than bowel movements, which are usually shorter. Fetal movements usually last from a few seconds to a few minutes.
Meanwhile, bowel movements usually only occur for a few seconds.
3. The location of the movement
Fetal movements are felt in the front of the mother’s abdomen, while bowel movements are mainly felt in the lower abdomen and around the abdominal area. If you feel movement around your belly button or below your belly button, it’s most likely a bowel movement.
4. The sensation that is felt
The sensation of fetal movement usually feels like a punch or kick from inside the uterus, while bowel movements usually feel like the movement of fluid or air bubbles.
Fetal movements are also usually felt more on the inside of the stomach, while bowel movements are mainly felt on the surface of the stomach.
However, to ensure the difference between fetal movements and bowel movements, it is best to consult a competent obstetrician or medical personnel. An obstetrician can perform an ultrasound examination to ensure fetal health and normal fetal development.
Take it easy, sometimes pregnancy makes you more anxious than usual. There are several things you can do to reduce anxiety related to your little one’s movements.
Also, when you are pregnant you may experience a lot of stress and anxiety due to various reasons such as preparation for labour, hormonal changes or even physical discomfort.
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How to prevent Mother from panicking with fetal movements
Here are various things Mother can do to calm down.
Meditation can help you feel calmer and reduce stress. The method is quite easy, just find a quiet and comfortable place, then focus your mind and breath on certain objects such as breath or positive words that can help relieve stress and discomfort.
Yoga is a gentle exercise that works for you, and can also help reduce stress and physical discomfort. Some yoga poses that are suitable for Mothers are cowboy pose, marjaryasana pose, and cat-cow pose.
Stretching is an effective way to reduce tension and stress in the body. Some of the stretching movements that Mother can do are stretching the neck, shoulders and back.
4. Breathing Exercises
Breathing exercises are an effective way to help you feel calmer and more comfortable during pregnancy and labour.
There are several types of breathing exercises that can be practiced, such as belly breathing, chest breathing, and breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Visualization is a relaxation technique in which you imagine a calming situation, such as relaxing on a beach or being in a beautiful garden.
This technique can help reduce stress and physical discomfort and help you feel calmer and more relaxed.
Living a healthy and happy pregnancy is very important for the health of the mother and fetus. The relaxation techniques and breathing exercises above can help you reduce stress, feel calmer and more comfortable, and help maintain the health of you and your fetus.
That’s how to distinguish between fetal and bowel movements and how to keep Mother calm during pregnancy. I hope this is useful, Mother.
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