Baby Shaking in Womb? Welcome to the Third Trimester!

It felt like an earthquake inside! The first time you feel your baby moving inside gives you that shocking delight. You don't know whether it's painful or whether it tickles you, but you know just how ecstatic you feel because you can literally feel the first hand that your baby is alive and moving.

There are many reasons why your baby shakes, shivers or moves inside your womb and for sure, you'll be happy with every movement your little one makes.


Should I Panic If My Baby Moves Inside My Womb?

'I felt the baby kick' is often what most moms would gladly tell their significant other when feeling a movement. The thing is, there are some movements that are rather shocking and unusual and some feel mild and may even feel a bit ticklish when your baby moves.

You don't know anymore what's normal and what's not in these cases, right?

To be honest, there is a vague line between normal baby movement and abnormal baby movement inside your womb. But rest assured that there is no bad meaning to your baby ever moving inside your tummy, even if it feels like a painful kick or a strong jab from your baby.

What Makes My Baby Move Inside?

There are plenty of reasons why your baby moves inside you.

Your baby is stretching

Your baby is already filling up the available space inside your womb, and it's really cramped and tight. That's why your baby needs to stretch. Stretching helps your little one loosen up her muscles and you can really feel this to be the strongest and longest movements of your baby.

Involuntary muscle spasms

Your baby's brain is still developing and still has less control of your muscles. Experts say that as your baby's muscles start to develop, it causes a muscular spasm. This is similar to you sleeping and suddenly jolting awake. It feels like short but strong movements inside your womb.

Your baby has hiccups

It may be funny but it’s true that your baby experiences hiccups inside your womb. This movement is felt by your baby's entire body but to you, it feels like mild vibrations or shivers.

Your baby is moving the cord

Everything is floating around your baby. Just like an astronaut in zero gravity, everything that surrounds your baby is floating. And when I say floating, it is referring to your umbilical cord floating in the amniotic fluid. When your baby's foot or hand gets stuck, she tries to wiggle it free.

Is It Normal For My Baby To Move For More Than A Minute?

Often times, your baby moves a few seconds but frequently throughout the entire day. But as your baby grows older and the weeks nearing her birth is getting lesser and lesser, her movements become longer and stronger.

Backtracking to a few weeks of the past month, her movements must have been limited to gentle jabs against your tummy. But at around week 30, her movements are stronger and more surprising.

Fetal movement is very unpredictable. Your baby moves as much as she wants or even involuntarily. This is very much normal. This is a sign that your baby is maturing well inside your womb. And it is nothing to be so concerned about.

When Should I Start Feeling My Baby's Movements?

On average, you feel your baby flutter in your womb at week 18. Some mothers can feel it as early as 10 weeks or as late as week 28. In the beginning, it feels like a flutter or a small shiver.

Your baby's movement is something that should be expected and you must never expect it to be at a consistent time or manner. Every movement your baby makes is just a sign of good health and great development. You can feel your baby moving as often as 10 kicks or shakes in the next 2 hours or even less.

What Causes My Uterus To Shake Without My Baby Moving?

Aside from your baby moving inside, you may also feel other in-utero movements like contractions or your tummy even feeling hard at times.

1. Braxton Hicks

Braxton Hicks is also known as false contractions or practice contractions. This happens in your third trimester where your body is slowly adjusting and preparing for your baby to be born. Braxton Hicks are irregular and infrequent and you won't know when it will happen.

Braxton Hicks are painless. You just feel your lower abdomen or your groin area tighten and then relax. It does not affect your baby whatsoever but it does make you feel uncomfortable. Although it is usually painless, there are occasions when it is strong and painful especially a few weeks before your due date.

Via americanpregnancy.org

2. Irritable uterus

Another non-fetal movement that some mommies may experience is called the irritable uterus. Irritable Uterus or IU literally means uncomfortable uterine movements. It is very similar to Braxton Hicks but it is more consistent and more routine. It is also stronger and very much adds to the discomfort of pregnancy.

There is no known cause for an irritable uterus but it is not something that you should worry about. Although moms get scared that an IU may cause you to deliver preterm, there are as many chances of you having a preterm labor than other moms who do not suffer from IU.

An Irritable Uterus does not affect you or your baby. Your tummy's movements do not cause any changes to your cervix. You are fine, as long as you are not experiencing the following:

  • Traces of amniotic fluid
  • Traces of blood
  • Painful contractions with a consistent interval
  • Your baby doesn't move as much as she did

If you are not feeling any of these, then you are doing well. Your contractions are normal but uncomfortable and will not cause you or your baby any harm.

Is It Normal For My Baby To Not Move At All?

No, it is not. When our baby doesn't move, it means that she is conserving energy. This means that her development is slow and that her body needs storage of energy to grow stronger and healthier. Lack of movement is not a good sign and you may need to go to your doctor for more advice.

In conclusion...

That feeling you get of your baby taking in your womb is nothing short of normal. Whether it is gentle and mild or strong and painful, these movements are signs of good health. The lack of movement means that your baby is conserving too much energy to develop and isn't such a good sign.

However, with many other non-fetal movements like Braxton Hicks and IU contractions are also normal. All these movements you feel all point to a good delivery and it isn't something you should worry about. However, if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Traces of amniotic fluid
  • Bleeding
  • Painful contractions consistently in 5-10 minutes
  • Reduced fetal movement

You should go to the hospital or call your doctor immediately. You may already be experiencing a real labor and is about to give birth anytime soon. Good luck, mommy!

Stacy Belk

My name is Stacy Belk, I am a nurse, midwife and mother of two children. I would like to share my experiences in taking care of children including activities to do together, recipes to cook, good products to buy and health protection to your family. Do a search now if you like, all you need is here.

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