So, Can Babies Have Seizure in the Womb? And Know To Panic
Pregnancy is a very delicate situation. Rewarding, as it seems, there are always instances when we get scared of what will happen to us and concerned with what is going on with our babies.
When I was pregnant with my little girl, everything seemed smooth until I felt sudden movements and different kinds of kicking. It seems like my baby is having hiccups, but then the sensations become intense that I felt like she is going through a seizure.
Can babies have seizures in the womb? I wanted to know so that I can prepare myself and go through necessary treatments to help my child. That is why, I did not only asked my doctor about it, I also did my research to know more.
What are Seizures?
A surge in the electrical activity of the brain caused by various changes in the nerve cells is what we call a seizure. When it happens, the brain cells cease to function well, and there is no sending of messages from one cell to another. There can be too many or very few activities when a seizure happens, that is why some people having a seizure stops what they are doing or try to do a lot of actions.
While a study indicates that newborns and young children have the highest risk of seizures, the percentage of 5 in the total population makes it a rare condition. Another case study filed at the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reports that seizure by infants is very rare with only a percentage of 0.5% to likely happen in term infants while 22.2% for preterm infants. Utero seizures usually occur in the poorest outcome.
Seizures happen as a symptom to an underlying disease rather than being a disease itself. Different neurological disorders can instigate seizures in the body as predictors of its onset.
However, your baby’s radical movements may be due to its growth inside the womb or that his happy feelings may be reflected in his activities. Most seizure-like movements in the womb happen from 30 weeks of gestation until the baby comes out to five months.
Reasons Why Babies Move
There are different ways infants kick when inside the womb. Often, you can feel like a flutter of butterflies flying. There are times when it is like a wave of water flowing. Other feelings include twitches or nudges.
Parents who feel a weird sensation of rhythmic movements often associate them to seizures. However, this is more likely your baby is doing hiccups. It is a part of the fetus' development and even a sign that the infant is healthy.
It is good to realize that baby’s movements are unique and may vary from time to time. Starting at 28 weeks, babies will move at least six times a day. But, as they begin to grow, the room in your womb is too little for them to do their wild actions. That is when you start to wonder why your baby is seldom moving.
Mothers also experience painful movements from their infants during their third trimester. These sensations are not similar to the exciting feel of kicking and twitching in the earlier periods. Still, it is part of the pregnancy process and a normal occurrence.
Babies move because:
- He is stretching. The tiny room around him brings him closer to you thus the heavy feeling of vibrations every time.
- His nervous system is developing. Nerves growing in his body start to function well causing your baby to react. You can then feel these nervous twitches.
- He is trying to move the umbilical cord. Your child may be tangled in the umbilical cord, or it is gradually wrapped around him. His movement indicates that he wants to free himself from it.
- He is happy and healthy. Infants get their supply through your placenta, and a regular flow of what he needs will keep him happy and in good shape. Once that happens, it will be reflected in a lot of kicks.
Signs that Something is Wrong
Baby movements may seem like an average condition, but there are still signs that show distress or danger in your child. For instance, your infant is no longer moving within several hours, and he is not responding to any stimulus from the environment after 20 weeks.
You may even notice an abnormal swelling of your hands and feet. Severe cramping in your womb is also a sign as well as constant and associated back pain. For worst cases, you may experience vaginal bleeding and even high blood pressure.
Other signs of an alarming pregnancy:
- Tender belly when pressed
- Tiny red spots present on the skin
- No heart beat of the baby
- Having vaginal discharge
- Fever and severe headache
- You are having a seizure
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