When can you Feel Your Baby Moving?
As your baby grows and matures, you may start to notice kicking and wriggling movements known as fetal movements. Many soon-to-be parents wonder when to expect the first kick and how often they should feel their baby moving.
Timing of Fetal Movement
Fetal movement usually begins at 16 to 21 weeks of pregnancy, but many women can start feeling it earlier. Fetal movement can be felt by most women as early as 13 weeks of pregnancy. Your baby’s movements will become stronger and more frequent as she develops.
Assessing Fetal Movement Regularly
Most pregnant women observe their baby moving for the first time during the second trimester of pregnancy – around 20 weeks into the gestation period. Your baby’s movements indicate that she is healthy. Keeping track of your baby’s activity is essential to your health and the health of your baby.
To assess fetal movements, set aside 10 minutes every day to observe and count your baby’s movements. You can begin to create a regular pattern of fetal movement as your pregnancy advances.
Changes in Fetal Movement
Keep in mind that changes in fetal movement can indicate a health problem in your baby. Decreased or limited fetal movements should be reported to your doctor. It can be an indication of a potential issue, such as fetal distress.
Some of the signs to look for include:
- Reduced or absent fetal movements
- No fetal movement after suddenly feeling lots of movement
- Weak fetal movements
- Changes in the pattern of fetal movements
If you experience any of these signs, contact your doctor for advice right away.
Overall, fetal movement is an important indicator of your baby’s health. It can be a great comfort to know that your baby is moving and developing normally. Monitor fetal movements daily to ensure your baby is healthy and happy.