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Baby's First moments, The First Kick, The First Stretch, The First Time You Hear Baby's Heartbeat...

By Susan Mill

That moment when you feel the first movement and immediately wonder: was it baby’s first kick? Did I really feel something? These early movements are described as a flutter, like the butterflies you get when you are nervous, like gas bubbles or even like little fishes swimming. Whatever it feels like to you, it's sure to put a smile on your face.

The very same happens the moment when you hear your baby’s heartbeats for the first time. Some parents shed tears of joy even, upon hearing this amazing sound. Most times, you would hear your baby’s heartbeat for the first time at your dating ultrasound scan which usually happens between 8-14 weeks when baby’s heartbeat is between 110 bpms and 160 bpms.

After the dating scan, the next time you will hear your baby’s heartbeat may be during your 16 week appointment with your doctor, who is most likely to use a hand-held Doppler device to listen in. This is the ideal time to record that precious moment with one of our Baby's Heartbeat Plush Animals which you can then keep as a keepsake of that very precious moment. All you need to do is take the voice recorder with you to the scan and record the heartbeat directly into the recorder or you can record it on your mobile and later record it from there. These moments are the ones you'll want to cherish forever and share with your family and friends.

Another great opportunity that parents have today is the 3D 4D Ultrasound scan. Expectant parents get to see the shape of their baby’s mouth and nose and also see in real time what thier baby may be doing, such as yawning or sticking the tongue out. During this appointment, parents not only see their baby, but also get to listen in to the sound of their baby's hearbeat in the womb. At this time, baby's heartbeat can also be recorded and placed into the plush animal of your choice.

Pregnancy and Covid-19

Pregnant women are at greater risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19), although the chances of this happening are very low. Still, until you and most people are vaccinated, it's important to keep taking safety precautions to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19 or spreading it to others. Masking, social distancing, and frequent hand washing are still recommended. Because of the pandemic, your birth experience may be slightly different and you may be limited in who you can bring to the hospital or birth center.