When Can You Feel Baby Moving?
If you’re pregnant, you’re likely curious to know when you’ll be able to feel your baby’s movements. Each pregnancy is unique, and different people will feel the baby move at different stages. Generally, expecting mothers can feel their baby’s movement by the end of their second trimester.
The Second Trimester
The second trimester is typically when expectant mothers start to feel their baby move. This feeling is known as “quickening,” and most experienced mothers compare it to “butterflies,” or very slight movements in their stomach. The baby’s movements may initially feel quite mild, but will become more obvious as the baby grows.
The Third Trimester
By the end of the third trimester, baby’s movements will be much more easily felt. As the baby continues to grow, mothers will start to feel more obvious kicks and jabs in their abdomen. The baby’s movements may also be difficult to sleep on as they become more vigorous.
Factors That Affect Movement
There are numerous factors that can influence when you feel your baby’s movements including:
- The position of the baby
- Your size and weight
- The amount of amniotic fluid
- Your activity level
- The baby’s activity level
In addition to these factors, the amount of pressure in your abdomen also affects how easily you can feel your baby’s movements.
When to Seek Medical Attention
Regular movements from your baby inside the womb is a good indication that your baby is developing normally. But if you feel that your baby isn’t moving as much as usual, it’s best to call your doctor. They will be able to provide further advice and guidance.
No matter what stage of pregnancy you are in, it’s always a joyous experience to feel your baby’s movements for the first time. Every pregnancy is unique and so too is the moment you feel your baby move!