When Can You Feel Baby Moving?
Pregnancy brings on a lot of excitement and anticipation. One of the exciting parts of pregnancy is feeling your baby move. But when can mom-to-be expect to feel the baby move?
Feeling the Baby Move
Feeling the baby move is known as quickening. Many first-time mothers feel the baby move around 16 to 25 weeks. Some mothers don’t feel the baby move until around 18 to 22 weeks, and occasionally even later with subsequent pregnancies.
Mothers who’ve been pregnant before may feel the baby move earlier. This is because they may have a better understanding of what it feels like.
What Does it Feel Like?
Mom-to-be may feel a variety of sensations, some of which could include:
- Flutters – like small bubbles moving around
- Kicks – like a jab or a thrust
- Rolling or Tumbling – like the baby’s rolling over
- Pokes – small, discrete poking motions
Ultimately, each baby’s movements will be unique, and should be experienced as a special, exciting moment!
What Do Movement Changes Mean?
Towards the end of pregnancy, baby’s movements will slow down somewhat. This is because the baby is running out of room! It’s also important to note that baby’s movements can change from day to day.
Pay close attention to your baby’s movements as any change, particularly a significant reduction, may be a cause for concern. If you are concerned, contact your healthcare provider for advice.
Feeling your baby move is an exciting part of pregnancy. For many first-time mothers, it can be anywhere from 16 to 25 weeks before you feel that special moment, although the most common time frame is 18 to 22 weeks.
It’s important to get to know your baby’s movements and to be aware of any significant changes. Most importantly, cherish those special movements and contact your healthcare provider if you are worried.