22 Weeks: Baby(s) Moving! Time for Belly Massage

Belly Massage Pic croppedI’m really feeling our sweet little baby boy and girl move now. Though I’ve claimed to feel them for many weeks, secretly I’ve wondered, “Am I just having some serious trouble digesting something?!?!” These kicks lately are undeniable…  to the point where my husband and the kids can put their hands on the growing bump and feel them too. Awww. This has got to be one of the best parts about being pregnant; these sweet, not-yet-painful little love bumps that say, “Hi mom, we’re in here!!!” Just felt one now. How’s that for timing? *smiles*

Now, as any veteran pregnant women will tell you, I am fully aware that these love bumps have the power to turn into a whole ‘nother thing entirely. I have not forgotten the foot lodged in my right lower rib cage for the final 8 weeks of carrying Miss Reilly, our first. I have not forgotten being woken up in the middle of the night by Miss Morgan, our second, and her late night raves in the final few weeks of that pregnancy.

These love bumps make me want to do some bumping back. Thinking about how much I like massage… how much my own babies and the babies whose parents I teach Infant Massage like massage, I figure now is the time for me to begin massaging our twins regularly. Yep… it’s Belly Massage time!!!

I just got oil for preventing stretch marks and it’s perfect for this. As it’s made from some of the same oils I recommend using on new babies (Almond and Grapeseed) among other things, this bottle will take me right into when I’ll actually massaging our sweet little babies after birth too. Click here for details and the video on how you can do this too. That way if you want to tell your baby(s) “I love you” in their first language (touch is the first sense babies develop inutero),  if you want to bond with your baby(s) well before they are born via massage, and on a practical level, if you want to help yourself avoid stretch marks, you can!

Write and tell me if you are enjoying feeling movements from your little peanut yet. And if you’re not pregnant now but have been, around what week do you remember feeling your babies move? Finally, if you ever done belly massage and/or  Infant Massage with your babies, tell me all about it. (One of my favorite things to talk about in the world!)

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Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy
In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003 and expecting twins in Jan of 2010, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri  where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne is a Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, a positive parenting approach for raising kids of all ages.