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Why Does My Baby Move Around A Lot After I Eat?

Does your baby seems a bit more active after you’ve eaten a large meal or suddenly start to kick after you’ve had a cold glass of lemonade? Developing babies react in the womb to the food and drinks that mothers consume by kicking, moving more rapidly, and in general being more active than just before the meal or snack. Not only do babies move more after you eat or drink something, but the things you eat and drink during pregnancy will contribute to your baby’s taste preferences for food later in life.

Which Foods Will Encourage a Moving Baby?

Babies in utero flip or flutter in response to sweet foods or chilly liquids. Women usually feel their baby move for the first time between weeks 16 and 25. If this is your first pregnancy, you may feel those first butterflies around week 25, however if this is your second or third pregnancy, you may feel those first movements as early as week 13.

Your blood sugar increases have the same effect on babies as they do on you. Try having a nutritious appetizer like cheese and crackers, peanut butter toast, Greek yoghurt, or fruit and nuts the next time you’re attempting to conduct a kick count or simply want reassurance that your child is alright. Add a tiny glass of (natural) juice for an additional kick. A spike in blood sugar is frequently all that is required to “kick” baby into high gear.

Encouraging Movements with Food and Drink


One of the fastest and easiest ways to get your baby to move is to have a snack or eat a meal. While the food doesn’t directly go to your baby, when you eat your blood sugar is affected and that is shared with your baby almost right away. If you are trying to encourage your baby to move during a kick count session, try drinking a glass of orange juice. The natural sugars are absorbed quickly into your bloodstream and it is not full of empty calories.

Can My Baby Taste the Food I’m Eating?

Pregnant women often feel like their babies are kicking or moving in reaction to certain foods they eat. While your unborn baby doesn’t exactly start moving more to protest a spicy meal, the foods you consume during pregnancy do affect your baby. Research shows that your unborn baby is exposed to the flavors and smells of the foods you eat through the amniotic fluid. This amniotic fluid is a reflection of the foods, beverages, and medications you take.

As your unborn baby swallows this amniotic fluid, especially during the last trimester, he or she is experiencing your dietary choices. After birth the dietary choices you make will also be tasted by the baby in your breast milk. Before birth your baby learns from the food and beverages you eat which foods are desired and even safe to eat. You really are starting the foundation for healthy eating habits even before your child is born.

How long after eating should I feel baby move?

Most mothers may feel their baby’s movements by 20 weeks of pregnancy. The intensity and frequency of movements varies. There are several movement patterns. They are determined by the baby’s age. Most babies become more active in the evening. This may begin as soon as the second trimester.

After a snack or meal, babies become more active. In 2 hours, you should experience 10 movements. You may stop counting if you feel these movements within a few minutes. If you don’t feel 4-5 movements in the first hour, get up and grab a food, juice, or anything cool to drink, then continue to observe activity for the next hour.

Does orange juice make your baby active?

Orange juice is an excellent strategy to stimulate baby movement. The sugar in orange juice allows your baby to squirm about, which is very useful while receiving an ultrasound or just wanting to experience fetal movement. The sweet orange juice should have an immediate impact on your baby; you should see movements within a few minutes after drinking the juice. The coldness of the orange juice might also promote movement.

A 100 gm portion of orange juice has around 45 calories, 0.2 percent fat, 10.4 percent carbs, and 0.7 gm protein. Those are perfectly acceptable amounts. There is no doubting that oranges are high in nutrients and hence advantageous to pregnant women. However, oranges do have certain negative consequences. Citric acid is abundant in oranges. Large doses of citric acid may cause a sore throat and damage to the enamel of your teeth. They are high in fibre. They might cause loose movements and stomach discomfort if ingested in excess.

Read also: Cosleeping with Baby – Is it Good or Bad?

Can babies have lazy days in the womb?

After 28 weeks, women should experience sporadic bouts of movement during the day and night. Babies may sleep for up to an hour, but seldom for more than an hour and a half. If the infant in utero is in discomfort for whatever cause, such as decreased blood supply or placental insufficiency, the movements are diminished. If you ignore the early signals of decreasing movement, they grow indolent and sluggish, and occasionally their pulse stops.

Kick Counts

A kicking baby is often the sign that parents look to of a healthy baby. There are various times throughout your pregnancy when your doctor might recommend that you perform what are known as “kick counts”. Because there isn’t a window into which you can peek to check on your baby’s overall health, you can use kick counts as one tool to check on your baby’s overall health. Your doctor might have a specific kick count time and number of targeted kicks, but a general rule of thumb is to time how long it takes to reach 6-10 movements.

This target number of kicks should generally be reached in 2 hours. Be sure to count strong movements and not slight flutters. Kick counts should be monitored when you are resting and can adequately feel your baby moving. Reduced fetal movements can indicate a baby in distress. If you are concerned about your baby’s movements, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.


I’m a writer, new mom and foodie. I love sharing what I know while making others feel beautiful. On this blog, I share my healthy lifestyle, simple meals, fitness tips and experiences.

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