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Maaaa! Gah!



Just a quick post today. I’m traveling around the state again this week and next so I might be a little out-of-pocket. Seems that pregnant Belle is not as peppy as non-pregnant Belle and driving for 8 hours a day and interviewing people takes more energy then I expected!

This morning I did a killer glute workout plus my regular upper body workout. 70 minutes total of strength training in my little sewing room with the window open and a steady stream of cats  wandering in to see what the heck their mom was doing and then smell the ice cold air. It was a good start to my day!

After my workout I rewarded myself, as always, with a little check on Chicken with the doppler. I’ve been worried that I am not feeling much in the way of movement. I think I feel bubbles and flutters but then a big fart will come out 10 minutes later and I can’t really be sure. I worry that something is wrong with the Chicken that is causing a reduction in fetal movement.

This morning I squirted a liberal amount of goo on my belly, turned on the doppler and started my hunt. I found the heart tones pretty quickly for a change and was about to zen out to them for a bit when I felt my belly and hand move right under the doppler probe. Shocked, I jerked my hand back.

“Was that a muscle spasm?” I asked out loud to Yum Yum. “I did not do any core today so surely it was not. Maybe I imagined it. I put the probe back down and within a second another jolt bounced my belly and probe.

“Holy Shit, I think that is the Chicken!” Yum Yum was unimpressed but I was pumped. Maybe the Chicken IS moving around in there and I just have not noticed? Or maybe the anterior placenta is creating a movement buffer? I don’t know! What ever it is, the two big thumps directly on the doppler probe are highly suspect. I think my Chicken was not in the mood and saying “Maaaaa! Go away! GAH!”

Happy Friday, sweet readers!



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  1. February 15, 2013

    I’ve read that having an anterior placenta makes it harder to feel movement. I found out at our last scan that mine is anterior also, but I suspect it’s sitting off to the left because I only ever feel baby movements on my right side, never the left.

    Just wait until the Chicken starts kicking you in the bladder. I guarantee you’ll feel that! 🙂

  2. February 15, 2013

    Yay Belle! That is so exciting!!!!! I’m doing a little happy dance in my chair at work 🙂

  3. February 15, 2013

    Dr. H reminded me on Wednesday that the anterior placenta will decrease my sensations of Wilson moving around in there. I still feel him throughout the day, but when I don’t, I just assume he’s snuggled up to his comfy placenta! I’ve been trying to feel him from the outside, but nothing yet. I remember the first time I felt it with Matthew. It was awesome! You’ll never forget this!

    A tip – when you think you can SEE him moving on the outside, and want the professor to see too, wear a striped shirt. The stripes make it easier for the men to notice once the very quick movement happens. When Matthew was rolling around in there, I’d go put on a striped shirt so B could watch. If I was wearing a solid shirt, he’d never see it. Even when it was obvious. 😉

  4. meggola #
    February 15, 2013

    I’ll bet money that was the Chicken! My two love to kick at the Doppler and at the monitors during NSTs. Having an anterior placenta will make it harder to feel movement early on. One woman I know who just had a healthy baby girl a month ago had an anterior placenta and didn’t feel movement until 23 weeks. Soon there will be no doubt about the movement!

  5. February 15, 2013

    C always punched the Doppler. Your little Chicken is definitely moving around in there. And in a few more weeks you won’t have to guess. You’ll know it’s Chicken kicking you in the ribs 🙂

  6. February 15, 2013

    That’s amazing!!! Love the headline, too. I’m sure it’s amazing to feel your baby move for the first time, but also pretty damn freaky. HELLO ALIEN?!

  7. jak #
    February 15, 2013

    that was def chicken! i feel like its harder to feel movements depending on what’s going on – like a busy day at work walking around, vs a busy day at work (they are all busy) sitting at the computer. i feel peanut more at the computer than walking around. we still have trouble feeling the movement from the outside. i mostly feel taps or thumps that start at one spot and quickly radiate out, like throwing a pebble in a still lake. very quick radiation out though.

    it sounds like chicken is doing great:) good luck with the business and take care of yourself in spite of it!!!! keep kickin’ chicken!!!!

  8. February 15, 2013

    Yay for Chicken kicks!! I remember the first time I felt/saw a kick from the outside (I was in sauna alone) and I squealed! lol
    Like you, my placenta made it harder to feel Paxlet. In fact, I didn’t feel him (inside) until I was 18 weeks the first time. You’ll definitely be feeling more of him from now on!

  9. heatherwallen #
    February 15, 2013

    Hi Belle, Don’t think that it’s your imagination 😉 I’m either one day ahead or behind you – I’m 20w6d today – and I’ve been feeling the thumps from my twins for the past week. Before that, it was more of the “hm, I think that’s movement” variety but as of late, VERY definitely whacks from the inside. Actually just yesterday I saw my stomach move for the first time with a bigger whack. I also have one anterior placenta so I feel one twin more than the other but I love being able to tell they are alive and kickin’. However, I have to remind myself that they are not trained circus animals, they’re babies, so I can’t expect them to kick to reassure me whenever I want them to … doesn’t seem to work that way (I don’t have a doppler). Mine seem to kick around the most when I am still, typically when I’m in a semi-upright position in bed. I’ve developed a bit of a nighttime ritual of Burt’s Bees belly butter followed by check in with the twins to see if they’re kicking around.

  10. karaleen #
    February 15, 2013

    Oh how excitng….I loved feeling the movement of baby in my body. and I had an anterior placenta with my 2nd baby and it really did cut down on my ability to feel movement. It took a long time for me to feel more jabs than tickles and overall just felt like she moved less than her brother…but that wasn’t the case at all. I just felt less.

    Awesome job on your continued workouts. I hope you get through the travel without getting too tired.


  11. Amy #
    February 15, 2013

    Oh yes – if your placenta is in the front it will definitely not let you feel as much movement, for a little while at least. My friend who was pregnant at the same time as me had her placenta situated that way, and she didn’t recognize feeling movement until 23 weeks! But if you saw it and felt it on your hand and the wand, it’s definitely the Chicken! Especially while using the doppler – I think they don’t like the sound waves, so they’ll kick at it and/or try to swim away. Enjoy that – won’t be long until you’ll be able to see your whole belly undulate and sort of ripple. I remember thinking simultaneously how awesome and yet still so strange that was the first time I saw it while I was in the bathtub. Good stuff. Safe travels to you!

  12. babyfeat #
    February 15, 2013

    That’s so exciting! Little Chicken was saying hi

  13. Jen #
    February 15, 2013

    I’ve also got the placenta in the front and worry all the time that the baby isn’t moving as much on some days as others. Champ finally felt it from the outside last weekend but the past three days the babe hasn’t been moving as much, or at least I haven’t been feeling it as much. Until today that is. I’m starting to think Baby Bum Ovaries gets really excited for the weekends and kind of bored with work days! So excited that the Chicken is moving around in there and you got to feel it from the outside! Amazing!

  14. February 16, 2013

    Nope, not a muscle spasm, Belle! Definitely a Chicken. He/she is safe and cozy in there, giving some kicks and stretches. It’s so exciting to feel it move, isn’t it???

  15. robin #
    February 16, 2013


  16. vps #
    March 14, 2013

    I think your blog is great. You write about very interesting things. Thanks for all the tips and information.

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