During the later stages of your pregnancy, you might sometimes experience odd pains, or feel particularly uncomfortable at times.
This might be because your baby’s in an unusual position. So in this post, we’ll discuss some things that might help move your baby from an uncomfortable position.
What is My Baby Doing in There?
Your baby will move around in the womb. Most of the time, this is a wonderful feeling. But sometimes, they might rest with an arm, a foot, or an elbow digging into the side of your womb.
Also, babies kick in the womb. And again, this can be a beautiful thing to feel. But not if they kick against a particularly sensitive area!
The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to get your baby moving again. This can be a great help when they happen to be resting in an uncomfortable position. But these things can also help you bond with your growing baby before they’re born. And they might also help if you’re worried your baby’s not feeling as perky as usual in your womb.
But before we go any further, please bear in mind that these are just general tips. You should talk to your doctor if you regularly experience pain or discomfort during your pregnancy, or if you’re concerned your baby’s not moving as much as you think they should.
How to Move Your Baby From an Uncomfortable Position
So let’s explore some ways you can encourage your baby to move in your womb.
If you move, your baby might move too. Some expectant mums find that doing a few star jumps, or lightly jogging on the spot, does the job. But don’t over-exert yourself. You should only do what you feel up to doing, even if that’s just a short walk around the room.
Poses and Positions
Get on all fours, with your hands parallel with your shoulder and your knees parallel with your hips. Keep your back as straight as you can, without bending it or arching it. In yoga, this is called the table pose, and it’s one of the most restful of all positions.
When in the table pose, gently rock backwards and forwards. This will help calm both you and your baby, and it may also encourage them to get into a position that’s more comfortable for both of you.
If you’re not feeling up to a table position, simply lying down might make a difference. Some babies in the womb find the rocking that comes with moving soothing. So if you stop moving and lie still, your baby might wake up and shift to a more comfortable position.
Pokes and Prods
If you gently poke, prod, or jiggle your belly, you’ll get your baby’s attention. This might encourage them to move from an uncomfortable position. They might even poke you back with their foot!
Massaging your belly can also encourage your baby to move. Doing this can also improve circulation, which can help with other aches and pains you may be feeling. But though some mums-to-be find that belly massages work wonders, others find that it makes them feel nauseous, especially in the early days of their pregnancy.
Talking and Singing
From around 18 weeks of pregnancy, your baby will be able to pick up on sounds. And soon after this they might start reacting to sounds. Babies in the womb seem to love the sound of their mother’s voice. So if you want your baby to move, try talking to them. You might start to feel them stir, and they might soon move to a more comfortable position.
You could also try singing to your baby, or even playing them some music. Whatever music helps you with stress relief and relaxation will likely have a similar effect on your baby. Just don’t play it too loud, or you might both get stressed!
Eating and Drinking
Some mothers say that eating spicy food during pregnancy can get their baby moving. But spicy food can also cause heartburn, and not everybody appreciates spiciness. Others recommend sweet and sugary foods to give an energy boost which might encourage movement. But it’s never a good idea to overdo it on treats.
So if you want a healthy way to move your baby from an uncomfortable position, try a banana, grapes, or a glass of orange juice. These contain sugars for that instant energy boost that might make your baby move. But they also contain other nutrients that are essential to wellbeing for both of you, including protein, vitamins B6 and C, and iron.
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