Baby kicks, those sweet little fluttery movements in your belly that indicate your baby is twisting, turning, rolling, and somersaulting around inside your womb, isn’t it great fun? Any expecting mother would expect the same action during the anomaly scan. But what if things are not favorable to you on the day of ultrasounds? Endless waiting…unwanted stress…probably a repeat scan the next day!

Do not worry. Here are some tips to turn the baby during scans – make them kick, flip, and roll during your scans. At Jammi Scans, we are right by your side throughout your pregnancy milestone.

Tips to turn baby during scans

Tips to turn baby during scans

Next time you want your sweet pea to wiggle around in there during your ultrasounds, try these tricks for getting your baby to move and see if you can encourage those cute little kicks and somersaults you crave.

1. Eat something

Your blood sugar boosts have the same effect on babies as they do on you. Try eating a healthy snack like cheese and crackers, peanut butter toast, greek yogurt, or fruit and nuts the next time you’re trying to do a kick count or just want reassurance that your child is okay.
Add a small glass of natural juice for an extra kick. A spike in blood sugar is often all that is required to “kick” a baby into high gear.

2. Perform some jumping jacks before sitting down

Sometimes your camera-shy baby may shy away from ultrasounds, not giving accurate measurements to the fetal expert. Get down the hallway, do some jumping jacks or jog in place, then return and try again. This strategy has worked in many instances – the baby rolls back into a new location where your doctor could see her. Yay!

3. Gently jiggle or poke your baby bump

Another that many pregnant women see in action during ultrasounds and doctor’s appointments when tracking fetal movement and measuring the baby.

To get the baby to perk up, the ultrasound technician will frequently lightly shake the device’s wand over your tummy. And many mothers have felt their babies move inside simply by poking their stomachs or jiggling their bumps. Just remember not to prod too hard: you’ve got valuable cargo in there!

4. Shine a flashlight on your tummy

By week 22, fetuses can perceive light and dark, so shining a flashlight on your stomach may cause your baby-to-be to react.

Your little one could well be turning toward or moving away from the spotlight!

5. Lie down

All of our walking, running, and moving around during the day creates a pleasant rocking sensation that is more likely to lull babies inside to sleep than to wake them up. This is why many pregnant moms notice that the minute they go to bed and are still for once, the baby is awake and on the go, squirming around like crazy (good practice for those newborn overnight feedings).

Stop what you’re doing and lie down, even if it’s not time to sleep (alas). If lying on your back doesn’t produce results within a few minutes, try rolling on one side or the other to see if that helps.

6. Interact with the infant

All of your cooing and babbling to your baby bump isn’t in vain. Around week 16, the fetal hearing begins to develop, and by week 22, your child should be able to hear your voice, the swoosh of your blood, loud noises in the house, and other sounds.

As his startle reflex kicks in, he may even react by turning his little head, wriggling, or jumping. So talk to your child, and talk to him frequently.

7. Do something that causes you anxiety (within reason)

When you have butterflies in your stomach, the adrenaline coursing through your veins can give the baby a rush as well.

So, if watching a suspenseful movie scene (or even thinking about labor!) makes you nervous and you can’t wait for the baby to move, go for it! Just don’t get too worked up about it — that won’t help either of you.

8. Sing a lullaby or turn up the music (but not too loudly)

If your usual banter isn’t getting your little gymnast to flip and roll, try singing a lullaby or a more upbeat song, or turning up the music (some moms put headphones on their tummies). Your child may respond in kind with

Winding thoughts

These tricks can be simple, enjoyable, and safe ways to get your baby to move inside, but if they don’t work for you, don’t worry; every baby is unique.

Everything is fine as long as you can feel regular movements (and remember that fetal movement ebbs and flows at different stages in your pregnancy). If you are concerned about your baby’s movements, consult with your fetal medicine specialist during your anomaly scan to ensure that everything is in order. Chances are it is, so relax and enjoy one of the most amazing aspects of being a pregnant woman!

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