Your pregnancy is both a joy and a challenge. While you’re excited to welcome your little one, you may find yourself exhausted because of your raging hormones or stuck in bed on your ob/gyn’s recommendation. Your typical day during pregnancy depends on your and your baby’s health condition.
If you think your day is too busy, think again. You may have a lot of things on your hands, but do you know that the baby inside your womb is just as busy as you are? Yes, your unborn baby’s typical day is not all that different from yours or mine.
The baby inside your womb
Your baby’s home is your womb, and it will be the safest place for them in the 40-something weeks of your pregnancy. Your body is designed to be their haven and provide them with the nourishment they need while also protecting them.
You may be asked to have an ultrasound at least once during your pregnancy. This will give you a glimpse of what your baby is up to inside your womb at that moment in time. I remember having my fetal ultrasound during my 1st pregnancy—it was one of the most memorable moments of my life! I came in prepared for the procedure as instructed, but lo and behold, my ob-gyn said my baby was asleep.
Your unborn child may be in a very secluded place, but they’re doing many things aside from eating, sleeping, and kicking. Besides getting nourishment from you, your baby can actually feel everything you feel, which is the start of a beautiful bond between the two of you.
When do you start feeling your baby move?
Feeling your baby’s movement is surely one of the most exciting stages of your pregnancy. Typically, the 1st movement, or the “quickening,” can be felt as early as 13-16 weeks of gestation, but it can be a little later for first-time moms. As your pregnancy progresses, these little kicks and flutters begin to intensify and may leave you wondering at some point if your baby has nothing else to do but kick all day.
Your ob/gyn may ask you to do some kick counts and create a kick counts chart. It’s one way to ensure that your baby is healthy inside the womb. Ideally, you should feel at least 10 movements over 2 hours, either kicks, squishes, flutters, or rolls or some combination of those.
If you haven’t reached the count of 10, don’t be quick to fret—your baby may be catching some Zs when you’re doing the kick counts. Your little one is usually super active after you’ve had a meal or consumed sweet or cold food or beverages.
An important question is when to worry about fetal movements. If you feel your baby is starting to move less than usual, immediately seek medical attention. Your doctor might ask you to undergo a non-stress test. It will give you a heads-up about any risk of stillbirth and other pregnancy complications.
Your baby’s typical day
Every pregnant woman is bound to wonder what her baby is up to when not kicking. Here are 6 amazing things your baby does while enjoying the warmth and safety of your womb.
Does your baby sleep in the womb?
Your baby definitely sleeps inside your womb. As a matter of fact, they spend almost the entire day sleeping as you reach the final month of your pregnancy. There is very little research on fetal sleep patterns during the early stages of pregnancy because of some technical limitations in this field of medicine.
There’s a possibility that your baby also dreams while they slumber inside your womb, but we just can’t know for sure what these dreams are about.
Does your baby cry in the womb?
Your baby may begin to cry even before they’re born. At 28 weeks of gestation, they can already express displeasure through silent cries. In one study, a baby in the 3rd trimester was exposed to noise and presented some behavior associated with crying, such as irregular breathing (similar to the breathing of a person crying inconsolably), mouth opening, and even some tongue movement.
Does your baby eat in the womb?
Absolutely! Why do you think the phrase “eating for two” came to be part of the pregnancy lexicon? However, it’s important to eat healthy while you’re pregnant because you provide nourishment to your baby. They’re connected to your placenta through the umbilical cord, whose blood vessels are not only their “life support” but also the conduits of nutrition and oxygen throughout your pregnancy.
Does your baby burp/fart/hiccup in the womb?
Your womb doesn’t have air pockets that can cause excess gas, thus leading to burping or farting. So, it’s highly unlikely that your baby can burp or fart inside your womb.
If you feel a pulsing or twitching movement in a specific area in your belly, it could be your baby hiccupping. They may do this several times a day, and it’s perfectly normal. These hiccups are associated with your baby’s lung development and are an indication of a healthy pregnancy. However, always be on the lookout for frequent and persistent fetal hiccups during the late stage of your pregnancy—it could be a sign of a cord problem.
Does your baby pee or poop in the womb?
Your baby starts to pee as early as 13-16 weeks, when their kidneys are fully formed. If you think this can harm them because your placenta can’t completely remove your baby’s pee, don’t worry—this will pose no risk at all.
Your baby pooping in the womb is another story. They will have to wait until birth before they do that. However, when babies poop before or during delivery, this situation requires immediate medical intervention.
Does your baby feel in the womb?
It’s not enough to be physically healthy as your pregnancy moves along. Your emotional and mental health is a vital part of this journey. Your baby can sense stress, which may affect their development and even cause complications such as pre-term labor.
Your baby can feel what you feel. They are exposed to your mood and behavior, and this also includes stress. Stress during pregnancy can leave its mark even after birth. A study showed that maternal stress during pregnancy greatly affects the child and can be linked to neurodevelopmental outcomes such as ADHD.
Your baby’s typical day in the womb is quite similar to yours. While you prepare for your D-day, your baby also gets ready to see the world and meet you. So, always be healthy and happy because whatever you do and feel directly affects your baby and their future.