When can you Feel a Baby Moving?
Feeling a baby move, known as quickening, can be one of the most exciting experiences of pregnancy. However, the timing of when you may feel the baby start to move can vary from mom to mom and from pregnancy to pregnancy.
Factors that Affect When You Feel Baby Moving
There are a few different factors that affect when you may first feel a baby move:
- Gestational Age – The further along in pregnancy you are, the more likely it is you will feel quickening, as the baby’s movements become stronger and more frequent.
- Location of the Uterus – Some women’s uterus is more forward-leaning, making it easier to feel the baby’s movements earlier.
- Size and Shape of the Mom’s Belly – Some moms may be able to feel their baby sooner if they have an abdominal shape that allows the baby’s movements to be more noticeable.
- Fetal Position – Some babies may move more vigorously at certain times during the day which can help moms to be able to feel the movements.
When to Call a Healthcare Provider
Generally, women may start to feel quickening anywhere from 16 to 25 weeks of pregnancy. If you have not felt any movement by 25 weeks, make sure to discuss this with your healthcare provider. It is also important to contact your provider if you notice any decrease in baby’s movement.
Enjoying Baby’s Movements
Once your baby starts to move, it’s a great idea to keep track of baby’s movements. This can help you to become more familiar with the baby’s patterns and offer reassurance that your baby is doing well.
Finally, take time to enjoy these special moments with your baby! Feeling your baby move is just one of the many blessings of pregnancy, so take time to cherish each moment.
Know that every pregnancy is different and that you may feel your little one sooner or later than other pregnant moms. Congratulations on this milestone!