Posted in Safety, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Toddlers

Toddler jumping on baby belly


I keep meaning to ask my OBGYN about this, but always forget! It doesn’t happen very often, but there’s been a couple times my 3 year old has come down pretty hard on my 31+ weeks pregnant belly! He’s sat down hard on it once and also stepped on the side of it once when I was laying down. Both times it hurt, but I’d always pay close attention and would be able to feel the baby moving around like normal, so I figured everything fine. I know he’s pretty well-protected in there, but its still a little scary! Anytime when I should be concerned? Or any tips of how to keep the belly protected from a very active and ‘momma’s boy’ toddler? Thanks!

  • Kieli
    Jun 12

    Like you had said, keep tracking movements. And you should be okay. If anything changes, or you start bleeding/ cramping contact your dr ASAP. My 2 year old did the same thing to my pregnant belly. Baby was always fine

  • Sara
    Jun 12

    Going forward it's good to just be really protective of your body around your 3 year old. As much as I wanted to always cuddle my daughter and let her lay on me, I also had to remember I was protecting my other daughter in there! He should be old enough to understand if you make it clear what he can and can't do around you. He'll also need to be very careful when the baby is born so it's a good time to start really drilling it into him that it's not OK to be wild around the baby. I just constantly reminded my older daughter when I was pregnant and I still have to remind her sometimes to be careful around her sister.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jun 12

    So I agree with first poster on what to watch out for. And honestly, I wouldn’t be too hard on your three yr old. He’s not gonna think about it when he gets super excited, sad, mad etc. that’s a lot to expect. I am currently 30 weeks pregnant, and have a. 4.5, 3, and 1.5 ur old. I cosleep, with the exception of my First, each child has received accidental kicks or head first hugs when they were in my belly. It’s the nature of the beast. I’ve always been concerned, but it always turns out fine. The research I’ve done makes It sound more like it needs to car crash level or fall down a flight of stairs level. Hope this helps. The last thing you want to do is push your 3 yr old away right before a new baby arrives. It can’t hurt to explain, I always explain I need gentle love to keep the baby safe, my 3 yr remembers prob 90 percent of the time at this point. But when he slips I do not push him away or get angry, but I will say that hurt and coulda hurt baby, let’s remember to be safe because I know you are a good son and big brother to baby. Or something like that. Hope this helps! Here’s to the homestretch of a summer pregnancy!!

  • Vonda
    Jun 13

    I’d probably explain that a baby is in your belly and he has to be gentle etc.