My babies have always been active while in the womb. Lucy was really the only exception. She rarely moved, and during my twice-weekly Non-stress tests, they would have to zap my belly to get her to move around. It was horrible. But, with her, I had rented a Baby-Beat Fetal Doppler to keep myself calm and reassure myself that everything was ok with her.
All of my other kids, though, were always moving around inside me. Parker was insane, and never stayed still. You could watch my belly roll from side to side all day long. I loved that feeling, because it assured me that he was all right.
I’m now 18 weeks and 3 days into my pregnancy. By this point in time in all my previous pregnancies, I’ve always felt the baby moving. Usually all the time. But this baby rarely moves. Every once in awhile, I can feel the little flutters, but nothing like with the other kids.
I can’t afford to rent another Baby Beat this time around. We have a few more kids than the last time, and hubby’s paycheck isn’t near what it was in Ohio. I just can’t tack on a $45+/month charge right now.
I suppose it’s completely normal for some babies to be calm during pregnancy. It’s just usually not the case with my kids. Maybe it means that this baby will be calm once he comes out as well. (Hey, a mom can dream, right? It wasn’t true with Lucy, but maybe it will be this time around.)
What’s your experience with baby movement during your pregnancy(s)? Have you had active babies or calm, content babies? Maybe you’ve had both? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic. And if you’ve had a calm baby, I’d love to know how you kept your sanity!