Baby's Movement In Pregnancy

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Baby's Movement In Pregnancy

You may feel your baby’s movements as early as 16 weeks of pregnancy, but sometimes most mothers start feeling their baby’s move between 18 to 24 weeks.


What Does A Baby Movement Feel Like?

Baby movements in a womb are known as fetal movements or kicks. It feels like a flutter, kick, swish or roll. The type of movement changes as the gestational period progresses.

There are no set numbers of fetal movements as every baby is different. In general, between 18 to 24 weeks the fetal movement is felt more and often. However, after 32 weeks of pregnancy and until the time of labour also, the movements are more or less the same.

Remember that you should CONTINUE to feel your baby movements until the time of your delivery. Therefore, contact your doctor immediately if you think your baby’s movements are slowed down or can’t be felt.

Fetal movements are a sign of your baby’s wellness. However, you may be less likely to feel the movements when you are walking or busy with some work.


Can I make my Baby move inside the Womb?

No, you can’t make your baby move inside the womb. You can only feel its movements. Moreover, do not use any home doppler or phone apps to check your baby’s heartbeat. You should get it checked by your doctor during every health check-up visit.


Timeline of Baby Movement

Here is a guide to your baby's possible movements.


Week 12: Your baby should start to move, but you probably won't be able to feel anything because the baby is still so small.

Week 16: Some pregnant women start feeling tiny butterfly-like flutters. The feeling can be just because of gas, or it might be the baby moving.

Week 20: By the week of 20, you may start to feel your baby's first movements, called 'quickening.'

Week 24: The baby's movements are becoming more established. You might also feel slight twitches as your baby hiccups.

Week 28: Your baby is moving often now. Some of the kicks and jabs may take your breath away.

Week 36: Your uterus is getting full as the baby grows, and movements should slow down a bit. However, contact your doctor immediately if you notice significant changes in your baby’s usual activity. Ideally, you should feel consistent movement throughout the day.


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