I'm a first time mom, but I won't be a full time mom after my maternity leave is up.
Me! I am a first time mom. Glad you started this thread.
Kristin + Richard May 2007
Mommy to Sarah Caroline
I'm a first-timer! Can I ask you guys a question while I've got you grouped together. I'm reading so many posts about people feeling the baby rolling around and kicking and elbowing and I feel kinda left out. I'm still only getting little flutters or "popcorn" movements. Granted I do have my placenta right out in front, I was just wondering when you started feeling tons and tons of distinct kicks and movements? I know it can take first timers longer to get to that point so maybe I'm not totally alone.
I didn't even know I was feeling movement. I thought it was gas. Then, one day the gas seemed to stop when I made a sound. That didn't seem right, though my husband said if we could scientifically prove that and bottle it, we'd be millionaires. When the movement would start, I would say something out loud, and it would stop. You could try that and see if it works for you. In the beginning, it felt like jello quivering in my stomach. It's starting to feel a bit more distinct now. Like really strong muscle twitches coming from the inside of my abdomen. You might also notice that when you get hungry, you feel more movement. I also feel more movement at night when I go to sleep. Now that I know what it is, it also wakes me up in the morning. Who needs an alarm clock? Hope this helps.
I would like to reassure you, though, about something when you do start feeling movement. From anecdotal stories, I assumed that once the movement started, it wouldn't stop. But it's a very gradual process. The baby seems to go through two or three growth spurt days at a time where he seems really slow and lethargic. Other days, it gets a little annoying. During the growth spurt days, my uterus feels kind of irritable and I develop a voracious hunger--not cravings. Cravings mean I want something in particular. This hunger just makes me feel like I can eat anything as long as it fills my stomach. As I said before, hope this helps!