35 weeks preggers, and overactive baby.. will this stick?

Carley - posted on 12/14/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Since around 10 weeks of this pregnancy, our baby has not stopped, kicking and turning. I've read and heard that this would settle as the pregnancy progresses, but infact it has got worse.

My last appointment with our doctor he was shocked at the size of our baby's kicks saying "that was a massive kick" but then he was even more suprised when I told him it really was nothing compared to the average kick he/she gives.

I'm not getting much sleep because of this. And never experinced it with our two other girls. They slept when I slept, they were hard kickers, but they took a break.

Also I barely have any caffine, just the occasional cup of tea.

Wanting to know if anyone else has experinced this and what was the result?

Was it a super active baby? Or did it settle?

Thank you ;)

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Rebecca - posted on 12/15/2009

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My son was pretty active from about 26 weeks until he was born at 39w5d. He did settle a little bit the last 2 weeks, just because he was running out of room I guess. He's now 10 months old. He is a very alert guy and has always had trouble settling to sleep. He was picking up his head and looking around when he was 3 days old! He started bearing weight on his legs at 2 months, and he's always LOVED to stand and bounce on your lap.

Rebekah - posted on 12/14/2009

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I say, pick up a copy of "Raising Your Spirited Child" while you still have some time to read. My son was super active in the womb too. He came out kicking and screaming and now, at almost 3 yrs, he's still a constant ball of energy.

Another good book might be "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" because there are several chapters about how to soothe and deal with a more difficult baby... one that will fight sleep with everything they have.

Genevieve - posted on 12/16/2009

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Hi Carley. I had pretty much the same thing; at my first scan at 12 weeks and 6 days, my gynae could not believe her movement, saying he hadn't seen such movement in a very long time at such a young age! My little girl booted me viciously left, right and centre right up until my Caesar, and even though she is very wriggly now, once she settles she's a dream. I know that each child is unique, but your little one might be like mine, and settle after a week or so. Hope this helps! :)

Rebecca - posted on 12/16/2009

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sometimes yes my 5th one was active at night but since he has been born a month ago he sleeps all night.my 2nd and 3rd were active in the day and still are awake at night

Rebecca - posted on 12/15/2009

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Quoting Rebekah:

Another good book might be "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" because there are several chapters about how to soothe and deal with a more difficult baby... one that will fight sleep with everything they have.


 



I read this book and it's very helpful for understanding the way that the AVERAGE baby sleeps.  And it does have some good advice about getting into a routine.  If you do have a very active newborn who has difficulty sleeping, I think it's important to get them into a good sleep routine so they don't become overtired. 



But Weissbluth advocates true "cry it out" to teach a baby to sleep (he does include other methods but mostly discredits them).  True "cry it out" doesn't work very well with this kind of baby.  They will just scream and fight sleep until they throw up, and research is showing that long-term damage can result from prolonged screaming.  Not to mention, I think it's just cruel to leave a helpless infant alone to cry, and it won't teach them anything but to fear sleep and feel abandoned.



So I agree, read some books and prepare yourself to possibly have a "difficult sleeper" -- I suggest getting a sling to help your baby settle and sleep whenever possible, especially while you're busy with your older daughters!

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Meagan - posted on 02/24/2010

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I went through the same thing when I was pregnant with my son. He kicked constantly to the point where it hurt and I thought my skin would tear! There were times where he would kick alllll night and I wouldn't get any sleep lol. My son is really active now even at 11 months old and has been that way since he was born last March. From the moment he was born he couldn't be swaddled because he kicked off blankets, he rolled over when he was about a week old, he even kicked the floor when he got excited. It's a great thing for me because he is such a fun baby and he doesn't get bored as easily. The only downside is trying to get him to take naps, he tends to get hurt a lot, and he has a short attention span. I'd say enjoy it because active babies in my opinion are probably the happiest and biggest joy :)

Denise - posted on 01/14/2010

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My 8 month old daughter recently has been so overactive that it has affected our relationship. She only sleeps when she's worn herself out and is up all hours of the night. she will not sit still and we're at our wits end as to whether this is normal. I'm the father, because the wife is at work, and the baby will not fall to sleep with me, she gets so excited when I'm around that the wife must put her down at night and I have to hide during naps incase she sees me. We've tried to let her cry but she is very persistant. What else can we do?..any ideas?

Casandra - posted on 12/20/2009

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All three of mine were super active in the womb, my five year old hasn't slowed down yet, my three year old has always been a mover but its more of dancing or yoga stuff, not bouncing off the walls. My youngest is a bit crazy, she isn't wuper busy but she likes to head bang or bang her hands onstuff, she still moves a lot but she isn't all over the place, so you may have a hyper bouncing off the wall child or you may have a child that just their own natural rythm.

Jane - posted on 12/19/2009

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Hiya Carley,
My little boy was a massive kicker..wouldn't stop and at the end of my pregnancy I didn't get much sleep!! We kept laughing that when he was born he would be a soccer player or a swimmer !! hehe
Hes now 8 months old and hes not super active but his legs NEVER stop...he still kicks non-stop and even sitting still he does this super cute things with his feet where they keep twirling hehe...We call him "Cody Elliott" after that little boy dancer in the movie Billy Elliott hehe..

GinaMarie - posted on 12/15/2009

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I have a very active baby boy when I was pregnant and even now him being 5 weeks old is very active, It didnt slow down just felt stronger I ended up having a 11 lbs baby and thought him being over active was due to me having gestational diabetes where my sugar went up so he would be active at the end it actually started to get very uncomfortable and painful, try taking some sugar out or your diet and see if it slows down or it could just be that boys are more active good luck

Misty - posted on 12/15/2009

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My little girl was crazy in utero every app they couldn't believe it I thought she would settle closer to her due date she didn't even after they broke my water and I was in hard labour she was still kickin and movin she is now 3 months and she still is kickin and movin and has very poor sleep habits lol she sleeps at night that is it she is almost the exact same outside as she was inside but I loves her and hope she settles down a bit soon good luck woman :)

Saira - posted on 12/15/2009

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Quoting Carley:

Thank you Saira!
We have two girls, so my husband will love your analysis. Thankyou! I'm due on 15th Jan, and yes we aren't sure yet what we are having.. Do you know if your having a boy or girl? I'd love to know your results.;)
Have a great day ;)


Hi Carley; we also dont know what we are having... so the suprise is on the day. But i will let you know. take care x


 

Carley - posted on 12/14/2009

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Thank you Brooke,

I know that sounds full-on, but I can help but think how cute your daughter must be (little bulldozer) ;) I like it.

Hope all goes well with her, thank you for sharing your experince;)

Carley - posted on 12/14/2009

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Thanks Erin,

Ouch! ;) Looks like I'll have my hands full... Hope all goes well with your little one, Thank you for sharing your experince with me ;)

Carley - posted on 12/14/2009

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Thank you Rebecca,

You've well and truely braced me, I might just look over those books, good tip. The hyperactive gene does tend to run in both me and my husband, So I guess we may have a chance of keeping up...

Hope everything goes well with your little one. Thank you for sharing your experince ;)

Carley - posted on 12/14/2009

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Thank you Ashie,

Yes I know the feeling of bruised ribs too, my first daughter left both sides of my ribs black and blue for the last 2 months of pregnacy, luckily this little one sits so low he/she still hasn't been able to invade my rib cage yet.

Hope all goes well with your little one ;) Thank you for sharing your experince..

Carley - posted on 12/14/2009

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Thanks Nicole, If this one is going to be full-on at least you've braced me for it;) We should expect a little rascal, after all our girls really were angels..

Hope all goes well with your little one.. Thanks for your experince ;)

Carley - posted on 12/14/2009

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Thank you Saira!

We have two girls, so my husband will love your analysis. Thankyou! I'm due on 15th Jan, and yes we aren't sure yet what we are having.. Do you know if your having a boy or girl? I'd love to know your results.;)

Have a great day ;)

Brooke - posted on 12/14/2009

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ahh my daughter was just like this, she is now almost 1 (on Australia Day) she doesn't stop. from about 2 weeks she has always been active, never just sat still. Now she is a speed crawler, she cruises around the furniture like a bulldozer lol.

Erin - posted on 12/14/2009

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That's how my son was. I felt him move at 5 weeks and he hasn't stopped. My ribs hurt constantly while I was pregnant. I didn't think he ever slept. He wiggled during delivery. They couldn't even keep the skull monitor on his head because he was wiggling and turning. He is now 7 weeks old and he moves constantly. He wiggles in his sleep. The only difference now is that when he kicks and wiggles it doesn't feel like my ribs are breaking.... good luck!

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super active.its a great thing means there full of beans and health.my first baby was the same sorry to say she was the same up to the moment she entered the world.my ribs were really sore on one side and i was saying it to the nurse she said the baby can bruise the ribs.well i believe her because that was my little girls favourite place to get her best kicks in .my second girl wasnt a mover at all she was quite lazy and i worried on her she was fine.i didnt drink coffe with my first.i did with my second.

Nicole - posted on 12/14/2009

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I could feel her move from a very early beginning. She got the hic-cups all the time and HATED it when I would stop moving. She needed to move and if I wasn't, she would make up for it. The sex of the baby was a surprise so of course I thought I was having a boy. Now that she is 7 months old, the only time she's not active is when she's sleeping. She's very observant about everything and everyone-since the day she was born. She's into everything she can get into-even though she can't crawl quite yet. My daughter just has to move and be busy. I'd like to say they will settle but from my experience, I wish you the best of luck.

Saira - posted on 12/14/2009

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Hi Carley

I am 35 weeks pregnant as well; with my second baby due 23rd janurary 2010. Your dilema is very similar to mine. I have a very over active baby and cant get to sleep as well. My first baby was a girl.... People are telling me it could be a boy hence the overactivty of the baby.

I know another woman who was also in a similar situation during pregnancy and had a boy; her boy now is just as active as any other normal baby and going through all the stages without causing too much havoc!!!



Hope this helps



Saira Ali xxxxx

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