When can you feel the Baby Moving?
Feeling the movement of your baby in the womb is one of the most miraculous and memorable events during pregnancy. It’s also one of the earliest indicators of the health of your unborn baby. Here’s what you need to know about baby movements and when you can expect to feel them.
When Does the Baby Start to Move?
The baby typically begins to move between 16 and 25 weeks of pregnancy, although you may feel movement earlier or later than that depending on your individual pregnancy and your baby. As the baby grows, its movements will also become stronger.
What Does Baby Movement Feel Like?
At first, baby movement can feel like gentle flutters or pokes. As the baby grows, you may feel more distinct movements, such as kicks and punches. You may also feel the baby hiccupping, turning, or rolling over.
How Can You Increase the Chance of Feeling Baby Move?
There are a few ways that can help you feel the baby moving:
- Relax: relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation can help you relax and be more attuned to subtle movements from your baby.
- Eat and Drink: Eating or drinking something sweet may prompt your baby to move. Try sipping a cold glass of juice or eating a small snack.
- Talk to the Baby: Talking to your baby or even playing some soft music can be a way to get your baby moving.
- Pay Attention: Pay close attention to your body and be aware of any movements your baby may be making. Lying in a quiet, dark room can help you focus and notice any subtle movements.
When Should You Talk to Your Doctor?
If you are past 24 weeks of pregnancy and have not yet felt your baby move, it is important to call your doctor right away. This is especially true if you have noticed any changes in the level of movement or frequency of your baby’s movements. It is also important to talk to your doctor if you are concerned about any pain or discomfort you are feeling from your baby’s movements.
Fortunately, in the majority of pregnancies, the baby’s movements can be felt without any issues. So take some time to enjoy the wonderful experience of feeling your baby move inside you!