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2 Apr 2024

Practice Breathing Movements

Practice Breathing Movements
As you reach the 32nd week of your pregnancy, your baby is actively engaging in practice breathing movements, an essential step in preparing for life after birth.
During this stage, the fetus simulates breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, a process crucial for the development of their respiratory system.
Understanding Practice Breathing Movements
  • Simulation of Breathing: Although there's no air in the womb, your baby mimics breathing by moving amniotic fluid in and out of their lungs. This is not for oxygen exchange (as the placenta provides oxygen) but for developing the muscles and reflexes needed for breathing after birth.
  • Lung Development: These movements are critical for further lung development, helping to strengthen the chest muscles and the diaphragm.
Frequency and Detection of Practice Breaths
  • Observation through Ultrasound: Practice breathing movements can often be observed during an ultrasound. You might see rhythmic movements of the fetus's chest or abdomen.
  • Frequency: While not constant, these practice breaths occur intermittently throughout the day. They may last for a few seconds to several minutes at a time.
Significance of Practice Breathing
  • Preparation for Air Breathing: This practice is essential for your baby to adapt to breathing air once they are born. It's a sign that the respiratory system is maturing and preparing for the necessary function of breathing outside the womb.
  • Indicator of Healthy Development: Regular practice breathing movements are a positive sign of normal neurological and muscular development.
At 32 weeks, the practice of breathing movements is a significant milestone in fetal development.
These movements are a fascinating aspect of your baby's preparation for life outside the womb, indicating healthy growth and development.
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Tashawnna
17 Oct 2023

Baby boy cadence Bio profile 8/8 Fluids normal His Heart rate is 156 He is still practice breathing He is still butt up head down My weight is 284 My blood pressure is 139/68 Better picture in the comments

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Malina
Omg aww 🥰
27 Mar 2024

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Erika
14 Feb 2023

Has anyone baby failed a bpp test? Got an 8/10 .. they wouldn't practice breathing on the test?

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♥️Miss Mendoza♥️
What’s BPP? Is that the biophysical?
27 Mar 2024

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Lindsay
8/10 is still good though
27 Mar 2024

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Jessica
10 Feb 2023

Todays growth scan went exactly how I thought it would. My fluid levels are at 7 cm even though I’ve been drinking a gallon of water a day. She’s in the first percentile still, she was 3 pounds 4 oz. My baby was kicking, moving her arms and doing a lot of practice breathing.

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Xena
Aw man, I'm so sorry what's the plan then? I was hoping she was bigger. Is everything else normal otherwise?
27 Mar 2024

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Jessica
Yah everything else is normal, she’s just measuring a little small. She’s measuring in between 31 and 32 weeks so she’s not that far behind.
27 Mar 2024

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Shakayla
8 Nov 2022

I SWEAR THANK GOD MY MOTHER IS COMING !!! I just asked this man to come and practice breathing with me , he’s gonna tell me if I think I am going to be really using these techniques and just dismissed me . I swear if you have a good supportive man lucky you fr ! I just thank God my mom is coming 🫶🏾

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cheyawntay
Yes you can use then and will remember to use them , i used it with my first Daugther and it’s definitely helps thru contractions during your epidural.
27 Mar 2024

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Shakayla
Thank you sis 💜I’m trying too tell this man that
27 Mar 2024

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