Do all babies kick hard?

Amber - posted on 04/22/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I am so worried because I keep hearing about how hard all these other mom's baby's kick them to death and so hard etc, I am 27 weeks just started my 3rd Trimester today and I am constantly worried that she doesn't kick enough or hard enough and then to top it off I didn't even get one cute picture from the last "big" ultrasound, she just looked like a scary skeleton the whole time :(. Then today I had about 20 Braxton Hicks contractions and I am kind of freaking out big time... H E L P...

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Stacy - posted on 04/22/2010

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my first pregnancy she was laid back really didnt start kicking until night but i got use to it. my 2nd moved and kicked alot. she loved my rib cage, she severly bruised it to where i had to avoid doing pretty much anything and my dr. said that some babys do break womens rib cages. i was like whooo!!! freaked me out, but she didnt i just dealed with the pain, she was also 2lbs bigger then my first

Tori - posted on 04/22/2010

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Mine had a foot in my rib cage for 4 months because I had no torso. I swear I still get phantom kicks in my ribs. At the end it was really bad because she had no where to go and yet kept getting bigger :) It depends on your body and the way your baby is laying. As far as the braxton hicks give you doc a call if you are worried. They will know more what to do for you. However I walked around in preterm labor having contractions every 5 mintues for 4 and a half weeks but nothing happened and they had to induce me. Really if you are worried give your doc a call

Mandy - posted on 04/22/2010

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I went to the hospital for preterm labor a few months ago and the nurse told me that 1 - 2 Braxton Hicks contractions in an hour were normal. I would definitely ask your OB and take it a little easier. I didn't feel the LO move a whole lot or strongly until about 28-29 weeks. Before then it was still quite gentle.

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I also had the foot in my ribs and one big kick almost popped it out (I'm sure). As long as the Dr says its good, I'm sure you'll be ok. Just depends where they are and the placenta and whatnot. I'm sure as long as you do feel the baby you'll be ok.

Heidi - posted on 04/22/2010

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I felt the same way! I am now almost 30 weeks and she still doesn't kick as hard as I thought she would but they are definitely stronger. I put my phone on top of my belly and when she kicks my phone starts to move which never happened until this passed week so that and the doctor appointments make me feel better. As long as you are feeling movement then you shouldn't worry. :)

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Amber - posted on 04/22/2010

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Thank you for all of the comments, this being my first I really had no idea what to expect and happy for this site because i don't have a lot around me who can help with these concerns!!!

Tammee - posted on 04/22/2010

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My son was not a huge kicker. Yet my daughter was always jumping around and causing me strife. Even at such a young age they still have their own personalities. Lacey just wants to get up and go and Adam still is laid back and just happy to watch and listen. It makes sense now that they are out in the world as to what may have been going on in there. Plus just think yourself lucky that you don't have a little foot constantly being jammed in your ribs...

Lauren - posted on 04/22/2010

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My baby for sure goes through phases. He never has a time where he kicks hard constantly......more like every once in a while there will be a few small kicks and then a couple really hard ones. I also noticed that he does not kick really/I cannot feel it when I am standing up. I sometimes get worried too because he can be so silent I shake my belly a little just to make him kick once. Also this works for me, but when I get nervous I drink a glass of cold water or juice and lay on my side and he gets going...usually nothing too big, but I can feel his kicks. I also kind of practically have to lay on my tummy.....I think he is just content. I also notice that he only kicks a lot when I get really upset and have a bad day. I think everything will be fine, but I would be concerned about the contractions. I would for sure call your doctor about that because 20 in a day seems like a lot! I am also 27 weeks to make you feel better! :-)

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No not all babies kick hard or constantly. I am pregnant with my 3rd ( 28 weeks) and this one since 20 weeks has woken me up every night with its kicking and moving and it also does it all day to which from what i have heard is unusual. But with my 1st i never felt her kick she moved like rolled from side to side but i bearly ever felt it and with my 2nd it was much the same. I love that this one moves as much as it does but of a night i wish it would stop so i could get some sleep. As long as you can feel some movement then i wouldnt worry to much. And i have never had BH so i'm sorry i cant help you with that!

Stevie - posted on 04/22/2010

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My baby goes through phases, sometimes he is very active for a few days making my belly wiggle and wobble all over the place and sometimes I just get a poke or a stretch for a few days and start to worry, then he goes nuts again. I definitely was jealous of other pregnant women saying they could feel their baby move all the time because I sure can't but the further along you get the more frequent and noticeable the babys actions will be ♥

Carolee - posted on 04/22/2010

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Actually, not all babies kick really hard... that you can feel. It really depends on what way your baby is facing, the location of the placenta, and the size of your baby. The third trimester is when your baby STARTS to put on weight. Before that, they really are just scary skeletons with skin. With the BH... all you can really do is rest/put your feet up while you're having them. It doesn't necissarily mean that you're going to go into labor soon.



So, try not to worry. I know it's hard to do! You'll most likely get the "rib kicks" and the "kidney punches" and "bowel tap-dances" and the wonderful "long stretches" during the last month. As long as the doctor says that everything is okay, it's okay! Congrats, and good luck! (I'm due around the same time with #2)

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