Parenting: Pregnancy

Baby movements – watching you

Dear baby,

Right now, you’re 33 weeks young (should we call you -7 weeks?), bubbling around inside me. I’m sitting here on the bed, lying back, watching your surprisingly strong baby movements.

I’ve got to admit, it can be a bit painful at times now, and that sometimes scares me. I worry when I don’t feel you move for a while (not that that happens much – you are one active little baby!), but then I worry when your baby movements are too violent. I wonder if the pain I’m feeling is normal, or if it’s a sign there’s a problem. Are you thrashing around because you’re happy, you’re just active, or because you know there’s something wrong?

I feel like I’m getting to know you quite well.

You love pizza and anything cake or chocolate related makes you dance uncontrollably. Ariana Grande’s One Last Time gets you moving whatever you’ve been doing. I’m excited to see if you recognise that song when you’re on the outside as well, because you react so consistently to it right now.

You’ve been active from the start. At our 12 week scan, you wouldn’t stay still for the technician to get your measurements at first, and you were arching your back and thrashing around in annoyance at all the poking. In the end, you turned away and the last picture we had of you was your sulky little back and bottom!

I felt you move from 16 weeks, which I hear is fairly early, especially for a first baby. It took a while before your daddy felt you, but that had still happened before 20 weeks, I think.

At the 20 week scan you seemed to decide that you’d had enough of moving too much and stayed still and stubborn as much as you could. You’d been going crazy right up until we went in, but then you put your hands over your mouth (“I don’t want to show whether I have a cleft palate or not!”), crossed your legs (“Just guess whether I’m a boy or a girl!”) and made me wriggle about like a crazy pregnant lady until we could get the information we needed about you.

You’re a very mischievous little thing so far, and thank you for being so active. It might be tiring but it’s very reassuring.

I’m going to miss feeling your crazy baby movements when the time comes for you to live outside of me!

Just… remember that the midwife said you were in a really good position at my last appointment. Try not to move out of that, please? It’ll make birth so much easier for both of us!

I’m really looking forward to meeting you, crazy baby.


Mummy x

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