Fetal Movement Week By Week: What To Do When Movements Reduce, What Is Normal And What Is Not

Introduction

One of the most thrilling experiences of pregnancy is to feel your baby kicking or moving inside your womb. There is no better proof that a new, exciting and energy-filled life is growing inside you. It also acts as a sure shot sign of your baby’s health and well-being.

 

Usually, one can feel the movements of the baby in the second trimester of pregnancy. But, if you are unable to feel any movement, or you felt it initially and you are not able to feel it now, it is advised to visit your obstetrician and get yourself examined.

 

What does baby kicking in womb feel like?

Usually, the movement of baby during pregnancy feels like butterflies, tumbling movements or nervous twitches. At an early phase, it is difficult to feel when the baby has moved or kicked, as it may seem like hunger pangs or indigestion. But, in the second or third pregnancy, it is relatively easier to distinguish between the movements of the baby and other unrelated events.

 

 

If you are pregnant for the first time, by the end of second trimester or beginning of the third trimester, it is easy to feel and distinguish your baby’s kicks and jabs.

 

How often will I feel my baby kicking?

Baby moving in womb, during early phase of pregnancy is felt as few flutters now and then. Eventually at the end of 2nd trimester, these fetal movements become stronger and more frequent. Some studies suggest that by the third trimester, these movements are felt about 30 times in an hour.

 

It has also been observed that babies are relatively more active during the mother’s resting hours, like night time. You may even feel your baby’s movements after meals, when you are nervous or when you have settled down or are resting.

 

What movements will I feel in the second and third trimesters?

 

As the weeks of pregnancy pass by, your baby’s movements will increase and become more evident. A rough timeline of the baby’s movements, is as follows:

  • 12-15 weeks – This is the time for first movement of baby in the womb, which might go unnoticed
  • 16-18 weeks – Movements become noticeable, as now the baby has relatively grown. At this time, the movements can be felt as flutters or a gas-like feeling
  • 20-22 weeks – By this time, the baby is big enough and you may evidently feel quickening
  • 24-28 weeks – You may feel twitches or tumbling
  • 28-32 weeks – Your baby is moving more frequently and you may feel some kicks and jabs
  • 34-38 weeks – As your uterus has become quite bulky, the movements are less intense and slow down

 

 

Should I count my baby’s movements? And what if I don’t feel my baby’s movements?

Once you have established your baby’s movements, it is good to keep a track of the same. Although fetal movements are not scientific proof of your baby’s growth and development, they indirectly confirm that your baby is growing normally. . They can be considered as indicators of baby’s growth.

 

Ideal time for counting your baby’s movements is resting time or post-meal. You should be able to count about 10-12 movements in a span of two hours. If your baby is less active or you are not able to feel any movement at all, it is better to consult your obstetrician for evaluation.

 

You should remember that it might be difficult to distinguish the fetal movements or to establish the waking and active hours of your baby. Lack of movements may be because your baby is sleeping. Hence, there is no need to worry if you haven’t established your baby’s movements by 24th week. You must consult your doctor if you are persistently unable to feel any movement at all by this time.

 

Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.

Also read: Fetal Heart Rate

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Comments (40)



Parul Johari

This is exactly what I was looking for.

Darshana Ubhale Malsure

I am in my 23rd week now... Started to notice my babies movements fm 18th week and it feels awesome

Darshana Ubhale Malsure

This is so well written.

Humera Mehtab

I wish I knew this before

Rima

I wish I knew this before

Komal Sharma

I feel those twitches.. waiting to feel the first kick

khusbu

I m 21 week pregnant bt I m not able to detect or feel any moment...Is it normal??

kittu

khusbu baby moments starts from mid of d 5th month.
d nw ur 6 month start so its tym to feel frst kick dnt wry😊😊

khusbu

Thanks Kittu...

Ashish

h jnitm7

compal jain

I can relate to this because

Shruti Singhal

I wish I knew this before

anjali burnwal

I'm 19week pregnant bt I didn't feel it

Vera PG

Started feeling baby movements from 14th week

Aparna

Informative article.

Priyanka

I wish I knew this before

Priyanka Jain

Sounds like so much fun.

Priyanka Jain

This is so well written.

Rehna

I m 33 weeks pregnant but still m not able to feel any baby movements, is it normal?

Neha saraswat

I think your baby weight is less.you must eat so well

Rehna

Neha saraswat thank u for the reply BT Dr has told me that as per the days and weeks baby weight is normal infact it is little more according to the weeks. Actually m worried y m nt able to experience any movements till now bcz peoples around me says "mujhe toh 5 th 7th month's se pata chala tume abhi tak q pata nhi chalra.... Bacha tumara aalsi h n all" 😣

Neha saraswat

Hi rehna i think yu must told this to your dr.if she will say everything is ok then dont yu need to worry

Rehna

Hmm OK Neha

Vijaya

helpful article...m waiting fr myne to feel :)

AMRITA MALLIK

This is just in time

Parampreet Kaur

This is just in time

DrMeerah Niphadkar

This is just in time

anuradha pathak

I feel movement 6 last week

AMRITA MALLIK

This is exactly what I was looking for.

Vijaya

This is exactly what I was looking for.

Abdul samad

This is so well written.

Akuba Mackay

Thanks for this teaching

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Temilope Marian

This is so well written.

chinky

thnk u for d information

TITHI DEY PARBAT

This is exactly what I was looking for.

Smita Singh

This is exactly what I was looking for.

sravanthi

I am in 17th week ,and thanks to baby chakra to give this valuble information

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