When Can You Feel Baby Moving?
Pregnant women often experience a range of emotions as their due date nears. One of the most exciting anticipations is the first movements of their baby.
When Will I Feel Baby Moving?
Most women will first feel the baby’s movements between 16 and 25 weeks. If this is your first pregnancy, it may take until the end of week 25 before you start to feel the movements. Women who have had more than one pregnancy may notice the baby’s movements as early as 12 to 15 weeks.
Initial Flutters and Kicks
At first, the baby’s movements may feel like gentle flutters or butterflies in the stomach. These sensations will gradually become more pronounced and noticeable – making the baby’s presence felt. As the baby grows, the movements may change to kicks, punches, stretching, or rolling.
The Three Types of Movements
The baby’s movements can generally be divided into three categories:
1. Quickening – These are the initial movements that a woman may feel.
2. Fetal motion – As the baby gets bigger, its movements become more regular and intense.
3. Braxton-Hicks contractions – These are false labor contractions that may sometimes be mistaken for the baby’s movements.
When to Call the Doctor
If you do not feel the baby move by week 24, it is important to call your OB-GYN. This will allow your doctor to monitor any concerns. As the due date approaches, the number of movements should generally increase.
If it is your first pregnancy, the anticipation of feeling your baby’s movements may take a while. Knowing when to expect the movements and understanding the different types of movements can help alleviate some of the anxiety. It is best to discuss any movement concerns with your doctor.