Baby Kicks

Dr. Elizabeth Pryor answers the question, Can intense fetal movement can cause internal injury?
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Question

I'm eight months pregnant with what I think will be a quarterback! Sometimes my baby kicks me so hard it takes my breath away. Once I even felt sore the next morning from a kick. Could my baby actually cause me internal injury from kicking?

Answer

Patients are always concerned about their baby's movement patterns. I have had patients tell me that the baby is moving "too much." Actually, this is a good thing! Happy babies inside the womb love to move (that's when they aren't napping, which usually lasts up to 45 minutes at a time).

Some women are more sensitive to movement than others and this movement can cause discomfort in the mother. Fortunately, fetal movement can't cause damage to your internal organs or ribs -- it just feels that way!

Your baby should be doing plenty of kicking in your uterus in the third trimester. If you're concerned your little one isn't moving as much as he should, here's when to worry.

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