A study was able to quantify the force of the baby’s kick in kilograms between 20 and 30 weeks of pregnancy, also pointing out that it is an indicator of its state of health.
When a pregnant woman begins to feel the movements of the baby in her belly, she is surprised by this strange sensation. And it is that she has never felt anyone care for her like this from the inside.
However, as the months go by, these caresses become kicks, and the impression is much more noticeable. The experience is so intimate that it is difficult for another person to imagine how this effect can be felt inside the ᴡᴏᴍʙ.
Research conducted by the Imperial College of London and recently published in the Journal of the Royal Society gives us an idea of what a pregnant woman can perceive when her baby kicks.
The study is the first to quantify fetal kicking in the ᴡᴏᴍʙ using a technique that combines ᴍᴀɢɴᴇᴛɪᴄ ʀᴇsᴏɴᴀɴᴄᴇ ɪᴍᴀɢɪɴɢ with ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀɪᴢᴇᴅ ɪᴍᴀɢɪɴɢ.
The kicking force was found to increase gradually from 20 weeks to 30 weeks of pregnancy, with the force scaling from 2.95 kg to 4.54 kg.
On the other hand, the researchers also discovered that the sᴛʀᴇss to which the fetus’s bones are subjected by the impact collaborates with its bone and joint development. So the kicking of babies in the ᴡᴏᴍʙ is an indicator of good health.
In general, babies kick strongly up to 30 weeks of pregnancy, and then their movements start to slow down. The specialists discovered that after this period, the baby begins to kick with less force, precisely at 1.36 kg per kick.
This happens because the ɪɴᴛʀᴀᴜᴛᴇʀɪɴᴇ environment becomes smaller as the baby grows, restricting its movements more and more as the due date approaches.
Obstetricians recommend counting the movements of the baby from 28 weeks of pregnancy to monitor its health status. If your usual activity decreases or stops, you should see your doctor immediately to rule out any pregnancy ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs.