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My little girl moves SO much!!!! So today I was pushing her back and I swear I felt her head or butt!! I would push down and she would move away then I'd follow her and she'd move away again. It looked like my belly was taken over by an alien. You could see the movements protruding from the outside so much! But then I got nervous that I was hurting her I wasn't pushing down hard but is it possible to hurt them by doing that? I don't want to bruise her or anything :[!!!!
During my last appointment, our baby girl had worn herself out kickboxing in the waiting room. So when we did the ultrasound, she was not interested in moving much at all, and was laying in a way that made getting measurements difficult. Our ultrasound tech started poking me in the belly with the wand, fairly hard! It worked a little and she rolled a bit, but the pokes were hard enough that I felt like my belly should be bruised the next day (admittedly, I'm used to bruising at nothing, so YMMV). I can't imagine she would have pushed so much if it had been a dangerous thing to do.
I also get a kick out of poking Baby Girl back when she kicks me.
Don't worry. The doctors are always so rough with how they push and prod and no harm is done. When they hook you up to the monitor during L and D, that thing is super tight and it doesn't hurt anything. Remember, the baby is floating around in a lot of water.
OH yeah, I totally poke and prod back when baby girl gets playful. I feel like I'm playing with her. As she's gotten bigger, I try to be more and more careful about how I poke and prod (try to use my whole palm instead of finger tips, etc.), but no I don't think there's any harm done.