Painful Fetal Movements: Is This Normal?

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Painful Fetal Movements: Is This Normal?

One of the most exciting moments of pregnancy is certainly linked to the first football: perceiving it flicker of one's baby in the belly is a very strong emotion, shared shortly afterwards also with the partner. But painful fetal movements need to worry?

  • The baby's first movements in the belly
  • How much does a fetus have to move?
  • Painful fetal movements
  • When to worry about fetal movements
  • Distinguish painful fetal movements

The baby's first movements in the belly

Perceive the former soccer it is therefore a magical moment that women experience at different times depending on many physical characteristics, not least the layer of fat present on the belly. Generally, in women with little abdominal fat, the first movements are perceived at the end of the first trimester or more often at the beginning of the second. The sensation is described by many as one flicker or a bubble inside the belly, and only after some more time can this joy be shared with one's partner, because initially the kicks are not perceived to the external touch. 

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How much does a fetus have to move?

Il fetus it moves continuously as it grows. This is often clearly visible in morphological ultrasound, where the baby stretches, kicks, moves his arms and does somersaults. The more space there is, the less i will be perceived movements, but as the pregnancy progresses it is normal to feel it moving all day and even night. A mom should feel movements about ten times over a 12 hour period. Sometimes, however, the tender football becomes so much painful breathtaking: is this normal?

Painful fetal movements

It is normal for the child, kicking, it hurts. It depends on both her position and hers size. The bigger he is, the less space he has and the more he tries to stretch as much as he can, and obviously if his feet, head, knees or hands get in certain places they hurt. All the expectant mothers they experienced pain in the ribs, weight on the bladder, shortness of breath, or a heaviness in the stomach due to the developing baby. 

So it can be said that, in most cases, i painful fetal movements they are completely normal. But when is this not the case?

When to worry about fetal movements

There are however some times when, in case of pain really acute and that does not pass over time and changing position or sleeping on it, you should go to the doctor to have a check-up. 

I painful fetal movements could depend on: 

  • abnormalities of the amniotic fluid, which make the movements more violently perceived
  • contractions 
  • fetal abnormalities that impair normal movement and coordination
  • uterine problems (masses, outcomes of previous surgeries and, in severe cases, uterine rupture)

It is therefore important to notify your doctor immediately if i pains they were unbearable, continuous and did not pass by changing position or walking. In particular, the most serious risk is that of uterine rupture, a very rare event that can compromise the health of the baby and mother. 

Distinguish painful fetal movements

How to understand if the perceived pain is caused by the child's too much vigor or if there is something else? Usually, in the presence of a problema all'utero the pain is continuous but exacerbated by fetal movements, until it becomes intolerable. In other cases, it is widespread pains and not attributable to a specific part of the body (such as the ribs). Sometimes, however, it comes suddenly, whereas before the kicks, even if painful, were quite bearable.

Feeling pain when a fetus kicks, especially in the third quarter, it is completely normal. But it is a transient pain that is neither continuous nor intended. Painful fetal movements continuous and widespread could be the symptom that something is wrong, so if you have been in pain for a while and they do not pass in any way, you should prefer a medical check-up. 


Severe abdominal pain exacerbated by fetal movement is an early sign of the onset of uterine rupture 

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