my bump 'moves' does yours

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  1. babytibby

    babytibby Well-Known Member

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    Hi there,

    I noticed last week that my bump shifted upwards but thought maybe it was just me, however yesterday after being on my feet all day I noticed again last night it had shifted up again and went quite 'hard'

    Has this happened to anyone else and it is normal?
     
  2. seoj

    seoj Our family of four...

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    Hasn't happened to me personally- but I would guess it's pretty normal. It could just be where your uterus is and how baby is positioned in there. I know for sure it happens later on... just not sure when it may start?

    Sorry I can't be more help! Maybe someone else has experienced this that can answer more?
     
  3. TiggerToo

    TiggerToo Well-Known Member

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    Not a personal experience, but I have a funny story about this.

    A few years ago I worked in the polyclinics in Bridgetown, Barbados. (Polyclinics there are considered one-stop medical shopping; they're designed to make medical care less threatening and more accessible for their mostly poor and undereducated population. Completely fascinating experience.) I worked in their antenatal clinic and had a wonderful time.

    Keep in mind this is a world of true midwives - u/s and scans that we First World women take for granted are almost unheard of unless you're perceived as having a problem - and of Third World economics - the most interesting thing I saw was how a long line of pregnant women would bring in their FMUs in carefully cared for specimen cups (you know, the ones we toss at our MD's offices and in hospitals without thinking - the sisters - what they call RNs - and midwives there taught every patient how to wash it carefully in very hot water and how to let it air dry, and these women, many of whom lived in shacks with dirt floors, did it to the letter). The major national hospital was right across the street, and when I was there I saw a preemie who had an O2 tent made out of one of those Glad disposable plastic container (and it worked, by God - proof that modern medicine isn't always the perfect answer - their hospital acquired infection death rate is actually LOWER than ours - as I said, fascinating - a world where MRSA is a rarity - no matter how much faith I put in First World medicine, we could learn a LOT from the Third World as well.)

    Anyway, the chief midwife and I were doing manual exams (this is how they guesstimate fetal age) and while I was performing the manipulations we actually physically WATCHED THE BABY SHIFT POSITIONS - I FELT its little head turn beneath my hand and her belly went from sticking out to almost flat as it happened! You'd pretty much never experience that here in the States in a conventional MDs office! The mom and I just looked at each other with that "WOW" look and she said, "He's (she was convinced it was a boy) never ever done that before!" Coolest moment I've ever had as a nurse.

    So yes, your belly can shift - and what you might be feeling as hard could actually be his/her head, because when they shift they push all that aminiotic fluid around and move it up and down and exert different pressures as they do it. I've also been told if it's your first kid, things can happen that you don't recognize as actual fetal movement because you have no idea what's going on in there because you've never experienced it (I'm making assumptions in your case but hope they're helpful!). Like the stories you hear of first time moms at around 16, 18 weeks who complain of intermittent stomach cramps and gas? A lot of times that turns out to be kicking, but they don't know it because they've never experienced it!
     
  4. ReReKitty

    ReReKitty Well-Known Member

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    I am 18 weeks and my bump does the same thing. I'm a waitress so I am standing and walking all day long, and when I finally get home my bump is sticking out much higher and feels very firm. And for the past couple of weeks the baby has been making strange movements, like one minute I am lying down and my bump is small and round. Then I feel pressure and look at my stomach and it is extremely lopsided to the right and harder than usual. After a minute it will sink back to its normal position. Maybe its the baby stretching?
     

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