In order to monitor your fetus’ development, you don’t have to go to the hospital. You can do that work in your house instead. For such simple monitoring activities, such as knowing the fetus’ movements, you simply can do by rubbing your belly then count and note it once you feel the movement. It is easy task, isn’t it? On the following line you’ll find some monitoring activities for knowing your fetus’ development and how to conduct it.
In order to monitor fetus’ development, you can observe your abdominal enlargement and also your weight gain. In the first semester, your weight should gain at least 500 grams per week. If it is less than 500 grams, then you have to report it to your doctor in order to find if there’s something wrong with your fetus or maybe with your nutrition status.
The development of fetus can also be monitored by touching your belly in order to measure the height of your uterus peak that is prominent. The measurement is conducted from pubic bone to the peak of uterus. If the value is 28 cm means your pregnancy age is about 28 weeks. The maximum of the uterus peak is 36 cm, it shows that your pregnancy age is 36 weeks.
Unfortunately, mother can’t measure the fetus’ heartbeat solely by touching her belly. Instead, mother must use a Laeneck stethoscope or Doppler. But don’t worry, you can buy it on a healthy store near by your house. Using that tool is very simple, you just have to put it on your belly then listen your fetus’ heartbeat. The normal heartbeat for fetus is about 110 to 160 times per minute. If it is less than 100 or more than 180 times per minute, then you have to find its cause and also the solution, discuss it with your doctor.
The monitoring tool such as Doppler is very safe to be used in your house, for your information it had been used for 30 years either in hospital or in the house, so it is completely safe for your fetus. But, if you still worry regarding of the sound wave that will be received by your baby is too much, you can discuss it with your doctor about the brand.
Fetus’ movement initially can be felt when your pregnancy age enters 20 weeks. Fetus normally moves minimum 10 times per day or once per hour. If you don’t feel her movements, don’t worry, she might be sleeping. If you don’t feel it for long time, you can stroke your belly by slightly push or knock it. If fetus show its movement, then it is normal. Another way to wake your fetus up is by ringing the bell above your belly. If fetus doesn’t make any respond or she keeps silent, then you have to be aware. It is possible that your baby experiences hypoxia or oxygen deficiency. It can be caused by umbilical cord entwining.
In order to make the monitoring of your fetus easier, you can make a simple table comprised of three columns, which is “Day”, “Time”, and ‘Movement Number’. At least you have to take 3 times per day to rub your belly in order to feel fetus’ movement and also count it. You have to be relax, you can lie down to the left so that the uterus doesn’t suppress the blood vessel above uterus. The fetus’ movements usually have a rhythm or wave remembering that fetus is in the fetal membrane full with water. Every time fetus kicking, punching, or moving, then note it on the table. For example, on Monday at 8.00 am, fetus moves for 6 times, at 12.00 am moves for 4 times, and at 8.00 pm moves for 8 times, totally your baby has moved for 18 times in a day, it is normal.
We also want to share about the facts of fetus’ movement, check these following:
- Fetus is more active at night, it is caused by the influence of hormone is more active also at night.
- Every fetus is different. Like children’s personality, fetus’ agility in making movement is also different one to another. So, you don’t have to compare between your fetus’ movement with another fetus. All you have to do is aware if fetus’ movement suddenly weakened or less than the minimum number.
- The intensity is decline towards the birth day, it is caused by the fetus’ latitude getting narrow. Nevertheless, qualitatively the fetus’ movements are increasing, so that it can make you feeling pain often