Thursday, January 2, 2014

We Have Movement!

Last Sunday evening, which marked 18 weeks, Hubby and I were reading our nightly pregnancy countdown book

The entry for Week 18 states:

This is an exciting week for pregnancy Land-ers.  During their first pregnancies, many women feel their babies move for the first time right around now.  If you haven't felt anything yet, drink a glass of cold orange juice - both the coldness and the sugar are known to get babies kicking - and lie down.  Give your heart a chance to slow down.  Breathe deeply and relax.  Feel any butterflies?  How about gas bubbles?  You may not be nervous or gaseous - that fluttering and bubbling could be your baby on the move!

Slightly disheartened and a little bit nervous, I lamented to Hubby that I hadn't felt anything yet.  Well lo and behold, the very next day, I felt what I can only describe as a little pop rock exploding in my belly, or like a quick tap or twitching from the inside.  Could that be the baby???  To be honest -- and I'm a little embarrassed to admit this as it sounds really non-maternal -- it felt weird.  In fact, I didn't like it at all.... it felt like something was wrong!  It felt like popping corn, or like a little explosion.  What about the magical butterfly feeling I'd read about???  Butterflies don't sound as scary as this first felt!

I went to bed nervously, wishing I knew there was a way to verify for sure what I was feeling.  But, as I felt it again on Christmas Eve and then again later in the week, I started to accept that maybe those are healthy movements and maybe that is our baby in there saying hello!  I turned to Google and found that others described their baby's first movements very similarly to the "popping" sensation I'd experienced, so I breathed a momentary sigh of relief...

By now, I'm getting used to the feeling and have started to worry a little bit when I don't feel the pop rocks for a day or two.  {Ah, the anxieties of being pregnant after losing a pregnancy never end, do they?!}  If what I read is true, soon enough I'll be feeling movement more regularly and hopefully then I can relax a little bit.  Until then, I'm anxiously awaiting our 20 week check-up!


  1. Oh yay! What a wonderful, joyous moment! Nothing like feeling your baby move from within. So magical! And I am so very happy for you. I cannot believe you are 18 weeks already. Just wow! :-)

    1. Time flies!!! Especially when I've been too sick/busy to keep the blog updated on my weekly count, and have to back-date entries - ha!! ;) Thank you though!!!


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