During the past week or two, if you came over to our apartment, you would probably find me lying on the couch, belly-exposed, staring at the stomach. I place my hands on my tummy, talk to little one, and even occasionally plead with baby to move for me. Silly, I know – baby has been moving for weeks already, but I have been so excited to actually FEEL the movements that I almost wait for it on a daily basis now. While we waited for our 17 week scan (view blog post here: Second Ultrasound) I began to wonder whether Baby Esser was okay since I hadn’t felt any movement, I hadn’t picked up any weight for over two weeks, and I just don’t feel pregnant anymore.
With my newfound energy and lack of nausea, I decided to start exercising again. I did a few runs, numerous long walks, and some upper and lower body workouts at home. Immediately after the very first workout, I noticed a different feeling in my belly! It felt heavier, and there was pressure inside my uterus. I took that as a sign to slow down. However the following day a new sensation started in my lower abdomen. It was hard for me to describe what it was, so I googled as much as I could on the subject.
Was I feeling baby move, or what this some kind of contraction? All the moms online said, “You will know when you feel baby move!” They used words like “butterfly wings”, “popcorn” and “bubbling” to describe the first baby movement sensations. Since I wasn’t sure and I felt none of those things, the only other thing it could be was Braxton Hicks contractions. These are not a cause for a concern, but are worsened by too much time on your feet. That explained everything, so I put my feet up more and stopped trying to stand through every lesson at school.
The weird twisting/ tightening feeling continued though – especially strong in the afternoons and the evenings. Justin told me to stop exercising. I sulked a bit about it – because the exercise was making me feel so great – but I knew that it was probably in baby’s best interest for me to just stay off my feet.
A couple days passed and I found myself explaining this to our friend Amber. She laughed and said that she had experienced the exact same thing when she was pregnant with her daughter. “It’s the baby,” she said! I wasn’t sure that she knew what I was saying until she said one line that I could really relate to. “It feels like a baby orca whale trying to roll over in your belly”. HA! That’s it! That’s exactly what I have been feeling all this time. That day I went home and hoped to feel it again, but nothing came (I think because I was not being active at all), so I found an article online that said drinking a big glass of cold water and then lying on your left side would make baby move. I did just that, and then waited. About three minutes later the feeling that had disappeared for a couple days was there again, but this time I was filled with joy as well!
I have been feeling baby move all this time…
Our little pumpkin moves most when I am active, but I haven’t yet felt anything that feels like a kick yet. I think that he/ she is still too small, so there is still room for those movements to go unnoticed. I can only feel the “rolling over” for now.
I can’t wait to feel more!