When You can Feel Baby Moving?
Women typically begin to feel their baby moving between their 16th and 20th week of pregnancy, but the exact timing of this milestone can vary from woman to woman. All women experience this magical moment differently. For some, it’s a gentle movement or a flutter, for others, it can be a strong kick.
What to Expect
Soon after feeling your baby move, you will become familiar with his/her movements. A baby’s movements will depend on his age, size, position and activity. Your baby’s movements will be more noticeable after 32 weeks of pregnancy and you will be able to recognize individual patterns of movement.
It is important to keep track of your baby’s movements as it is a good indication to verify that the baby is growing and developing in the womb. Most midwives, doctors or health visitors recommend keeping a record of your baby’s regular movements at least once a day. This can help determine if your baby is doing fine inside the womb. These movements are referred to as fetal movements.
When You Should be Concerned
If you notice a sudden decrease in your baby’s movements, it is important to talk with your doctor. Your doctor may suggest that you keep an awake baby chart or fetal kick count chart.
Tips for Feeling Baby Movements
Here are some tips to help you feel your baby moving:
- Reduce your caffeine intake
- Eat a balanced diet
- Take a break to relax and be still
- Gently massage your belly
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids
- Listen to music
Experiencing and feeling your baby move is a magical moment for any expecting woman; it helps her bond and connect with her baby. It is the start of the mother-child relationship which is a special and unique connection.