28 March 2011, by Mandy Loh
I’ve been trying to figure out what my baby’s kicks mean.
I’m sure most of the movements don’t really have any deeper meanings, but it’s just fun to speculate, you know? Anyway, I think I have an Olympic kicker in my tummy! Boubbles sure likes to practice karate, gymnastics or breakdance. Sometimes I imagine that Boubbles is doing some major renovation work, with all the shaking, knocking and shifting going on in there!
After some online research, I’ve found out that at 29 weeks, Boubbles is beginning to discern taste! So cool! I’ve noticed that Boubbles has given some pretty good kicks when I’m eating stuff I really enjoy, like really good durians, rich chocolate cakes, and even pepper crabs! Perhaps the similarity might be that these foods are all pretty strong-tasting, and Boubbles is just reacting to that? Or does Boubbles sense that Mommy’s enjoying the food, and is kicking along for fun? Whatever it may be, I’m assuming that Boubbles is expressing pleasure rather than dislike towards these foods, because well, I like them and would very much wish to continue eating them! Hehe… ;P
What’s even more amazing than feeling the kicks, is actually SEEING Boubbles moving under my skin. I recall one of the first times I actually saw Boubbles bobbing around, quite literally. It was really surprising as I wasn’t expecting it. I was at work, waiting for the scanner to start up, so I was just sitting there staring at nothing in particular, when my eyes rested on my belly and suddenly I saw a very distinct bump rise up quickly on the left side of my belly and then disappear. Why, hello there, Boubbles!
Of course, when I got home that evening, I was so excited about this new development that I forced Tim to watch my belly so that he could also experience this magical moment. We were watching TV and he was already losing the battle with the Zzz-monster, but he dutifully kept his eyes peeled, and soon enough, he claimed that he saw some movement too. (Or maybe he just said it so that he could go back to sleep.)
We asked our obstetrician if a lot of kicking and moving around in the womb meant that the child would be very active later on. Her answer was as professional as any I could imagine: she said that since every mom-to-be would define “a lot of kicking” differently, there was no real way to measure this objectively, and hence, no way to foretell how the child would behave. That basically answered our question without really answering it. Wow, I’m impressed! (I guess she’s probably been asked that question many times before, and has come up with the perfect model answer!)
Truth be told, whatever the kicks may mean, I really enjoy feeling Boubbles move around in my belly. I suppose it’s nice and reassuring to know that Boubbles is doing well in there. And thankfully, none of the kicks nor punches have been uncomfortable or painful…yet. I’ve been warned by my girlfriends that later on, I may get kicked in the ribs or other internal organs, which sounds rather unpleasant! I’m just praying that it doesn’t happen to me!
Lastly, I thought I’d just wrap up this post with a funny quote I found: “Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.” ~Rita Rudner