Please Enter Due Date
Please Enter Due Date
Lullaby for Mom
A video specially made for all those mothers who are waiting to for the day to hold their precious little ones in their arms for the first time. What if you could listen to your little one speak? Watch this video and listen to the lullaby that your baby is singing for you while you await his entry into this world.
Tips for First-Time Mothers! Information and suggestions that help resolve any anxiety or doubts that women might have during pregnancy, childbirth, and child-rearing for the first time.
What is an ultrasound, actually? Have you ever had another mama show you a picture of an ultrasound (or "echo") of her baby when it was still in her belly? An ultrasound not only makes everyone excited, but it is also an exam that reveals a lot of important things for the mama and the baby.
How is an ultrasound done?
An ultrasound is an examination method that is performed beginning with the first visit. It checks the health of the baby inside and how it's growing by obtaining images of the maternal-fetal condition. Ultrasound technology is very advanced these days, and there are various types available with different ways of placing a probe and different ways of displaying the images.
How an ultrasound works
An ultrasound is often compared to a fish-finder machine. When ultrasonic waves, which are high-frequency, pass through liquid, they have the characteristic of reflecting at the edges of organs and tissues, etc. Applying this in the ocean led to the fish-finder machine, and applying it in a mama's belly filled with amniotic fluid led to ultrasounds for exam use during pregnancy. It can display the reflected waves as images, so you can check things visually on the monitor and sometimes even receive a print-out or video recording, depending on the hospital. Unlike X-rays, ultrasounds have not been reported to have adverse effects on pregnant women. They can be considered a very safe examination method.
Types by probe position
In this method, a rod-like ultrasonic wave-emitting device called a transvaginal probe is inserted into the vagina to perform the examination.
This method is used until about the 11th or 12th week of pregnancy, so it is performed primarily for the ultrasound at the first visit. By inserting the probe into the vagina, the uterus can be observed from a position closer to the baby inside the womb, enabling a precise image to be viewed. The doctor checks not only how the baby is doing but also the health condition of the mama's uterus and ovaries.
If you relax during the examination, you won't feel pain, but if you get nervous and tensed, it may hurt when the probe is inserted. If that happens, be straightforward and tell the doctor.
The probe is sterilized after each use and a special condom is placed on it, so cleanliness is thoroughly taken care of.
The ultrasounds performed from the second trimester of pregnancy use a method that probes from the outside of the belly.
The doctor rubs a gel on the belly that helps the ultrasonic waves pass through the skin, and simply slides the probe around gently on the belly. The gel may feel cold, but there is no pain. However, you may be asked to change your position or breathing in order to work around the baby's position or movements, and moving as instructed can be difficult in the third term of the pregnancy.
The gel is of course harmless, and it comes off fine by simply wiping it with a cloth after the examination.
Types by examination methods
Ultrasound tomography (2D)
This method displays the information obtained by the ultrasonic waves' reflections as a 2-dimensional (flat surface) image, and it is the exam method most often used. It can be done either transvaginally or transabdominally.
Color Doppler method *Transabdominal method
This ultrasound method lets doctors measure the amount of blood flowing and its speed, and it also reveals things like the number of blood vessels in the baby's umbilical cord and abnormalities in the shape of the baby's heart.
3D method *Transabdominal method
With this method, you can observe the baby inside as a 3-dimensional, realistic shape, just as if you were peeking at the baby through a window.
4D method *Transabdominal method
This method adds the passage of time to the 3D method and record it in a moving image. You can see the baby moving comfortably and softly in the amniotic fluid, just as if it is taking a space walk.
To check the baby's growth and evaluate the condition of the mama's uterus and ovaries, a 2D method works just fine. Consequently, not all maternity hospitals offer 3D and 4D methods.
While it depends on the medical facility, since ultrasound examinations cost money, some maternity hospitals may do them only 2 or 3 times as needed, whereas others may do one at every regular visit.
What can you find out from an ultrasound?
In a 3D or 4D ultrasound, the baby is very real-looking. It's hard to believe it's an image from inside the uterus. But what can be found out by looking at a baby inside mama's body?
Checking mama's health condition
First, it lets the doctor check the condition of the mama's uterus and ovaries. During the initial visit, it is an essential examination for checking if the pregnancy has any problems, such as whether it is an ectopic pregnancy or whether the ovaries have any abnormalities, etc., in order to make important decisions.
Once the pregnancy has progressed, it is useful for evaluating things like a placenta previa.
Knowing how the baby is growing
The primary goal is to check whether the baby is growing properly. Not only can it find out if there are twins or multiple fetuses, or if the baby is breech, but depending on the baby's position, it can also make it possible to measure the length or size of various parts. The doctor will measure the length from the baby's head to his bottom, a measurement called the "crown-rump length" that is used to determine the due date, as well as other detailed measurements such as the diameter of the baby's head, the length of the thigh bone, and the size around the belly.
Knowing the baby's health condition
Because a color Doppler method shows the baby's blood flow, it can also show the health condition of individual body parts and how the umbilical cord is doing, and it may find abnormalities in the heart, for example.
Also, based on the amount of amniotic fluid, the position of the placenta, and how the umbilical cord is doing, it can find information ahead of time that could bring complications at the time of birth. But because it is after all a visual exam and differs from a scientific one, not all conditions can be detected with this examination.
More than what you "find out," it's what you "feel"
Being able to "see" the baby inside the belly with an ultrasound is a very magical thing. This is the first experience where mama gets to "meet" her baby. It is very useful in bringing about a maternal awakening as well.
What can I do about terrible morning sickness? "Morning sickness" is a well-known sign of pregnancy. Try to remind yourself that "This discomfort is more than enough proof that there's a baby in my belly!" And, while maintaining a positive outlook, take it easy on your body, and you will get through it!
When and how does morning sickness appear?
Morning sickness varies a lot among individuals, but knowing what the main symptoms are and when they are likely to occur can help you take measures to deal with them.
Why does morning sickness occur?
As strange as it may seem, the cause of morning sickness has not actually been clearly identified yet. Explanations seen as likely are:
A hormone called "human Chorionic Gonadotropin" or hCG hormone secreted from villi in the placenta stimulates the brain's vomiting center.
Changes in hormone balance cause the autonomous nervous system to also become unbalanced.
The mother's body views the incursion of sperm or the fetus as a foreign object and triggers an allergic reaction.
These are just a few of many options. In addition to these, emotional factors are also thought to be a cause. Because the cause is not identified, naturally a "silver-bullet" solution guaranteed to cure the symptoms has not yet been discovered.
When does morning sickness start?
In most cases, morning sickness involves symptoms that appear in the first trimester of pregnancy. In early cases, they can start around the time you notice that your menstruation is late. Most cases last from around the 4th week to the 15th week, and the worst part often comes at the 8-9 week mark. However, the timing also varies among individuals. While for some people it finishes around the 10th week, for others it lasts until the third trimester, whereas others may never experience morning sickness at all."
What are the symptoms of morning sickness?
The main symptom of morning sickness is "vomiting or feeling nauseous." In many cases, symptoms are worst when first waking up in the morning or when the stomach is empty, but this also varies from one person to the next. Here are some of the main symptoms:
- Vomiting, feeling nauseous
You may feel sick at your stomach and vomit unavoidably, or if your stomach is empty and there's nothing to vomit, the symptoms can be very uncomfortable. Also, some people have symptoms that make them feel nauseous if they don't keep something in their mouth all the time.
- Increased sensitivity to smells
This appears to happen as a result of the autonomous nervous system becoming unstable. You may perceive smells you had not previously noticed, and some smells you enjoyed before such as rice cooking and the steam from cooked food may suddenly become unpleasant.
- Changing tastes in food
You may suddenly no longer be able to eat foods you previously liked, or on the contrary, you may have intense cravings for things you didn't like before.
- Feeling sleepy
Your body may feel sluggish, and you may not be able to stop feeling sleepy no matter how much you sleep.
- Irritability, headaches
During the morning sickness period, many people feel headaches and irritability similar to those felt during menstruation.
- Vomiting, feeling nauseous
What measures can I take to deal with morning sickness?
First and foremost, "not overdoing it" is very important during this period.
Even when you're nauseous, you will get hungry, so eat what you want to eat, and think about creating an environment where you can rest when your body feels sluggish!
It's OK if you can't eat a balanced diet!
You may worry that your baby won't grow up healthy if you're unable to eat like you should because of morning sickness. But it's OK. The baby is still very small during the period of morning sickness in the first trimester, so it doesn't need that much nutrition.
Also, it's a mystery of pregnant women that things are set up so that the nutrition the baby needs goes on a preferential basis to the baby! You do need to get vitamins, such as the folic acid (a type of B vitamin) the baby needs, but other than that, just eat the amount that you can of the things you want to eat.
Tips for getting through morning sickness
While morning sickness varies from one person to the next, you should get down to some basic points for getting through this period.
- When you can't take food, supplements can be useful
The time when you have morning sickness is a period when you don't need to be too concerned about the amount or balance of nutrition. That said, even if you don't have an appetite, try to eat at least a small amount of food when you can, for the sake of your own physical strength.
However, research reports have increased in recent years saying that a deficiency of folic acid in the first trimester of pregnancy often leads to miscarriage or to malformations in the fetus.
Before, it was considered OK to just eat the fast food and junk food that women commonly crave for during pregnancy, but during this time you need to make a conscious effort to get enough folic acid, as well as the Vitamin B12, B6, and Vitamin C that are required to absorb it. Folic acid is contained in large quantities in strawberries, grapefruit, spinach, and broccoli, among others. When you can't take those because of morning sickness, a good trick is to take multivitamin supplements that contain folic acid.
- Drink plenty of fluids
If you don't drink enough fluids, you may get dehydrated, and your urine may get more concentrated, so try to drink fluids often. One recommendation is ion drinks, which are rich in minerals and help you absorb fluids well.
- Keep foods you can eat right away by your bed
Many women feel nauseous when they first wake up in the morning, and that can make the whole day miserable. If you keep something you can put in your mouth right away such as biscuits at your bedside, and you nibble on that when you wake up while still lying down, it will make you much more comfortable.
- Don't overdo it with work or housework
In this morning sickness period you may have an increased sensitivity to smells. Many women find it difficult to tolerate the smell of cooking. In this period, the health of the mama-to-be and the condition of the baby are not yet stable. Not overdoing it is the first rule.
Get through this by seeking the understanding of your family and, when your morning sickness is bad, having someone else cook, or making do with instant food or ready-made foods, for example.
- Proactively institute a change of pace
Emotional factors are said to also be a big cause of morning sickness, so instituting a change of pace by meeting friends to chat or distracting yourself by doing things you like, for example, might make you considerably more comfortable.
In these cases, see your doctor!
Even if your morning sickness feels terrible, if you are able to eat meals during breaks in the symptoms and there's no big interference with your daily life, it's OK.
However, if you have the serious condition called "hyperemesis gravidarum" that is described below, it may affect both the mama and the baby, so see your doctor.
- You vomit several times a day and become dehydrated
- You can barely eat anything at all for several days straight
- Your weight drops to more than 5kg below your pre-pregnancy weight
- Your physical energy declines and you feel faint
Methods of treatment include replenishing fluids and nutrients intravenously, taking vitamins, particularly with folic acid, or in some cases taking tranquilizers or antiemetic medications.
Depending on the symptoms, you may be treated on an outpatient basis, or in some cases you may be required to stay in the hospital.
Also, if you still have no appetite because of morning sickness even into the second trimester, it may affect the baby, so discuss it with your doctor during your checkup.
- When you can't take food, supplements can be useful
You're starting to look pregnant! Once you enter the second trimester, changes that can be seen from outside the body begin to occur, and you'll begin to feel more keenly that there's a baby in your belly!
Feeling happy about your belly sticking out is something you can only enjoy during pregnancy, after all. So enjoy that happiness to the fullest!
Will I definitely get stretch marks?
Stretch marks are welt-like lines
that form on the belly or breasts as those areas grow bigger.
They sometimes form suddenly in the third trimester or when the pregnancy is full-term.
So why do stretch marks form?
What causes stretch marks?
When your belly or other areas rapidly grows bigger, the subcutaneous tissue on the outside cannot keep up with the speed at which the muscles and fat are increasing, and it may tear, causing stretch marks. Depending on your build and physique, it's not definite that you'll get them. Petite women or those who gain weight rapidly in a short period of time are more likely to get them.
Stretch marks do not hurt, but some people do feel itchy. They have no effect at all on the baby inside your belly, but it is said that once they form they never go away completely. So take a practical approach and tell yourself, "Having stretch marks is proof that I'm a mama!" Or if you're uncomfortable about marks remaining on your skin, preventing them is your best plan.
To prevent stretch marks
To prevent stretch marks before they are formed, the following 2 points are important.
Watch your weight gain
To keep from gaining weight rapidly in a short time after the first term of pregnancy, it's best to be attentive about weight management. To ensure that the baby in your belly grows up healthy, and to keep your weight gain at a normal level, be mindful about controlling calories.
Moisturize skin with cream, etc.
Stretch marks are a form of skin problem. To prevent skin problems, the basic remedy for the belly is "moisturizing," just as with the face. After your bath or when caring for your face in the morning, for example, rub some moisturizing cream on your belly, too, and gently massage it in. If you keep your skin hydrated and in a flexible condition, when your belly grows bigger the skin will stretch flexibly, warding off stretch marks. Creams specifically made for preventing stretch marks are also available, so try some.
Stretch marks often form on the lower part of the belly, which can be difficult to see for yourself in the third trimester, so the key is to moisturize your entire belly.
If stretch marks form
Once stretch marks form, it is said that they never go away completely. However, those that are reddish-purple during pregnancy will turn whitish after birth and gradually fade.
Even after stretch marks have formed, if you continue rubbing moisturizing cream on and massaging it in, you can prevent them from getting darker, so it's important not to give up!
When do changes begin to take place in the breasts?
Some women's nipples become sensitive as a sign of pregnancy.
And with pregnancy, the nipples and areolas sometimes become darker.
Even though no breast milk comes out during pregnancy, the breasts grow larger.
Let's take a look at the curious changes that take place involving the breasts.
Changes in the first trimester
The changes in the nipples and areolas appear in many cases as a sign of pregnancy. That means it's a delicate area that begins to change immediately after a pregnancy begins. The changes in the nipples and areolas that appear as signs of pregnancy are as follows.
When your nipples touch your undergarments or clothing, you may feel uncomfortable or notice a tingling or stinging feeling. That can be attributed to the mammary glands beginning to develop.
Color gets darker
Due to changes in the hormone balance caused by pregnancy, melanin pigmentation increases, and the nipples and areolas get darker.
*By this time (within the first 15 weeks of pregnancy), be sure to have an ultrasound done to check for breast cancer!
Changes from the second to third trimesters
The breasts gradually grow larger. If you're wondering why the breasts grow bigger even though no breast milk comes out during pregnancy, it's because the mammary glands develop rapidly and, just like in the entire body, fat increases. The changes in the breasts during this time are as follows.
The breasts grow larger
As the breasts grow larger, stretch marks may form on them, just like they do on the belly. So it's a good idea to use moisturizing cream or other skin care on the breasts as well.
Breast fluid may come out
Due to the development of mammary glands, if the nipples are stimulated, a small amount of breast fluid (a milky white-colored secretion) may come out.
How do I care for the breasts (nipples)?
The milk that comes from the breasts serves as the best source of nutrition for the baby. In order to be able to smoothly begin breastfeeding after birth, it is important to care for the nipples and areolas during pregnancy.
Why is care important?
After birth, mama's breasts naturally swell with breast milk, but how it comes out varies from one mama to the next. Some reasons for the differences in how it comes out are differences in the shapes of nipples and how open the mammary glands (milk ducts) are. The shapes of nipples vary from person to person. But some shapes are easy for babies to suck from and others are not. If the nipple is inverted or flat, it is difficult for the baby to suck from it.
Condition of the mammary glands and milk ducts If the mammary glands or milk ducts are clogged, breast milk has trouble passing through and may have difficulty coming out.
Care for the nipples and areolas
In order to get the breasts into a condition where it is easy for the baby to suck and for breast milk to come out, try massaging the nipples and areolas beginning when you enter the stable period in the second trimester of pregnancy (around the 20th week). Also, there are devices available for correcting inverted or flat nipples. *However, the body is delicate during pregnancy. The stimulus of massaging may prompt the belly to be strained, so before massaging or using a device, be sure to get the advice of your doctor or midwife.
Massaging the nipples or areola is effective after taking a bath, as the skin is soft then.
- Hold the breast with one hand, and using the fingers of the other hand, squeeze the breast from the areola area and massage it a little at a time, left and right.
- Once the areola area is soft, relax it by squeezing out toward the nipple.
- Squeeze the nipple and lightly pull it out.
*Before starting to massage the nipples or areola, make sure hands and breasts are clean. Also, your belly may become strained when you stimulate the nipples; if that happens, stop immediately
Why is weight management necessary?
Once you pass the morning sickness period, you'll get hungry more than you did before pregnancy. But "eating for 2" is an old wives' tale. Today when we have an abundant food life, an appropriate amount and a nutritional balance are important.
What's the breakdown of the weight gain?
If the baby weighs around 3kg at birth, why do I gain more weight than that? The weight gain during pregnancy is all for a reason, and the breakdown is said to be as follows.
- Weight of the fetus about 3kg
- Weight of the placenta about 0.5kg
- Weight of the amniotic fluid about 0.5kg
- Weight of the uterus, breasts, and blood, which increases during pregnancy about 4kg
If you total all the above, it comes to about 8kg.
In addition to this, there's an accumulation of fat and fluids, which increases due to changes in the hormone balance caused by pregnancy.
What is wrong with gaining too much weight?
Some of the adverse effects of weight gain are as follows.
- It makes complications during pregnancy such as pregnancy induced hypertension and gestational diabetes more likely to occur.
- It may cause weak labor during delivery.
- If too much fat accumulates, the birth canal may become narrow or the baby may grow too big, which tends to lead to a difficult delivery.
Too little weight is also a problem
On the other hand, there has been an increase in recent years of mamas whose weight does not increase enough during pregnancy. The idea of "birthing small and raising large" is an easy delivery myth. If you restrict weight gain in the extreme, it may cause the baby to be born with a low birth weight (under 2,500g). An appropriate level is important for everything, so you'll want to take care not to get too desperate about weight management and restrict even the necessary nutrients.
How can I maintain the appropriate weight during pregnancy?
Now let's take a look at specific weight management.
The key is that meals should focus more on balance than amount.
Plus moderate exercise!
What is the full-term target weight increase?
Recommended weight gain during pregnancy are as follows-
This is categorized according to a classification for physique called BMI (Body Mass Index).
- Thin women (BMI = less than18.5) 9-12kg
- Average women (BMI = 18.5-less than 25) 7-12kg
- Overweight women (BMI = 25 or higher) Case by case (goal is around 5kg)
*BMI is calculated as Weight (kg) ÷ Height (m)2.
How can I manage my weight appropriately?
Weigh yourself frequently
Just like when you're not pregnant, the most important thing in weight management is knowing your current condition. Step on a scale regularly, at least once a week, and record the changes in your weight. If possible, make a graph and stick it up where you can see it.
Don't gain more than 300g in 1 week
The amount it's OK to gain in one week is 300g at the most. If you've gained 500g or more, you need to be careful. Those who feel like checking that closely is too difficult can manage their weight with the rough goal of 1kg per month.
Once the morning sickness period is over, eat 3 meals per day and decrease snacks.
Don't eat continuously between meals because you're hungry. As much as possible, try to get plenty of nutrients during meals.
For those who wait until their husband comes home late in the evening so that they can eat dinner together as a couple but feel "so hard holding out while waiting," it's recommended to divide 3 meals' worth of food into 4 meals. In late afternoon, have a light meal that's more like a snack, and then eat a lighter meal than your husband at dinnertime.
Think more about balance than amount
Sugar and fat lead to weight gain, so limit them. Salt can also cause pregnancy induced hypertension and cause you to eat too much staple foods, so limit it as much as you can. Balance is important both for the mama's body and the baby, so try to get a feeling of fullness by eating lots of vegetables, and be mindful of your intake of protein, iron, and calcium.
Be mindful about getting moderate exercise
You'll be told that "pregnant women should rest," but you need moderate exercise. Walking has no negative effects for either the mama's body or the fetus, so once you enter the stable period, about an hour per day of a stroll or walking is recommended. Everyday housework is also OK, of course.
Lately there seems to be an increase in women who have an appropriate weight but lack muscle strength and thus experience a difficult delivery. Moderate exercise not only burns calories but also builds muscle strength, thus helping prepare for delivery.
Those who continue gaining weight despite walking and doing housework might want to try maternity swimming or maternity aerobics, for example, under the guidance of their doctor.
You may feel like "weight management is hard," but it's important in managing the health of both the mama and the baby.
If you tell yourself that "It's so that the precious baby in my belly can grow and be born healthy," and go about it together with the baby as if you were running a 3-legged race, won't weight management be fun?
Feel Baby Moving
What does fetal movement feel like? Is it always moving? "Oh, it moved just now!" When you can feel the presence of the baby inside your belly clearly with your body, that is fetal movement. Fetal movements contain a lot of messages from the baby. Mama, get a good understanding of what the movement means!
What is fetal movement?
Actually seeing your baby with an ultrasound is one of the joys of pregnancy, but with fetal movement you can feel for yourself that, "There's a baby in here!"
That's a joy you'll want to feel as soon as you can.
So let's take a look at how fetal movement is felt and from about when!
What is fetal movement like?
At about the 5th month of pregnancy, the baby's skeleton and muscles have developed and he starts stretching his arms and legs in the amniotic fluid and moving around actively. The feeling when his arms and legs bump against the mama's uterine wall is what fetal movement refers to. Fetal movement not only makes you really feel that there's a baby in your belly, but it's also an important tool of communication that tells the mama how the baby is doing.
Period when you'll feel fetal movement for the first time
In general, the time when you'll first feel fetal movement is said to be roughly between 18 and 20 weeks into the pregnancy. But the period when you feel fetal movement varies widely among individuals. The way you feel it also varies depending on the thickness of the mama's subcutaneous fat, the amount of amniotic fluid, and the position of the placenta, for example. So if you pass this period and you still cannot feel fetal movement, there's no need to worry. As long as you can verify through ultrasounds, etc., that the baby is growing fine, there's no problem, so you can relax.
Changes in baby's movements
The truth is, the baby is moving around long before mama can feel the fetal movement.
At about the 7th week of pregnancy, the nerves have developed, and starting around the 12th week the fetus starts sucking its thumb or fingers. Then after the 20th week, it starts moving around freely in the amniotic fluid! That's the time when mama starts feeling fetal movement.
Changes in how you'll feel fetal movement
Just as the period when you first feel fetal movement varies from one person to the next, the way it is felt also varies widely.
What starts as a tingly feeling like static electricity passing through your belly changes into a sensation like bubbles popping here and there, and then it becomes a more distinct sensation where you'll know for sure that, "Oh, he must be kicking!" Sometimes, you may also feel baby hiccuping.
When the movement becomes more intense, you may be able to see the baby moving just by looking at your belly.
Just before birth, the baby descends, and it's said that fetal movement may quieten down, but this, too, varies from one person to the next. Some babies move around in the belly right up until contractions start, so it doesn't apply categorically.
Interact with your baby through fetal movement?
Fetal movement is the first communication mama has with the baby in her belly!
Through fetal movement, mama can check if the baby is fine or not and can talk with him.
The baby loves hearing mama talk and playing with her.
So enjoy the precious time you can interact with your baby in the belly.
Check fetal movement
Fetal movement is one means of making sure that the baby is growing fine. If you've been feeling fetal movement but then go for a whole day without feeling any, for example, it's probably good to go to the hospital and get checked just in case.
Also, once you get to around weeks 32-35 of pregnancy, baby's sleep time and wake time will settle into a rhythm. If you do a fetal movement count every day in which you record how long it takes for the baby to move 10 times, you can check more closely whether the baby is growing fine or not.
How to do a fetal movement count
- Do it every day, after a meal or before going to sleep, when mama is relaxed
- Lie down on your left side
- Measure how many minutes it takes for baby to move 10 times
If things seem different than usual, or if you could verify fetal movement before and now you can't feel it at all, it's probably a good idea to go to the hospital and discuss it just in case.
It's OK if there's a time with no fetal movement
Once you start feeling fetal movement, when there is none you may feel concerned. But baby has a time when he's sleeping in the belly and a time when he's moving around. Babies seem to sleep and wake on an approximately 60 minute cycle. If an hour goes by and you feel no fetal movement at all, head to the hospital.
Communication with baby
The fact that you became able to feel fetal movement is proof that baby has grown fine. Around the time you start to feel fetal movement, the nerves will be mostly developed and the sense of hearing will be completely formed. Touch your belly, talk to the baby, listen to music, and try to communicate lots with the baby! When mama's action gets through to the baby and you can feel a response, there is no greater joy. We recommend the "kicking game," a kind of game in which you communicate with the bay through fetal movement. How about trying it at least once?
In the kicking game, start out with simple things at first, and once you succeed, advance to the next step. While some babies may respond right away, others may take a long time to do so. Even if your baby doesn't respond, be patient! It is getting through to the baby just fine. Choose a place and time when you can relax, and do it patiently 2-3 times a day, for more than a month.
- If baby kicks, pat that place on your belly while saying "Kick." In another minute or two, he'll kick again, so pat that same place while saying "Kick." When you do that, he'll start kicking the same place over and over.
- After you've repeated the first exercise for several days, next pat a different place than where the baby kicks and say "Kick." When you do that, the baby will kick the place mama patted. If you repeat this for 1-2 weeks, the baby will start kicking in basically the same area where mama pats.
- Once you get used to this, pat your belly two times while saying "Kick, kick." When you do that, the baby will respond by kicking two times. He'll start kicking back the same number of times as mama pats.