When Will I Feel the Baby Move?

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One of the most exciting things to look forward to in your pregnancy is “quickening,” or the first time you’ll feel your baby move.

Feeling your baby move inside you is an amazing experience!

Many expectant mothers wait excitedly for this moment, not only to experience a bonding moment or just the incredible sensation of feeling the fetus move, but also for peace of mind. So, when can you expect to feel your baby move? Most doctors agree that women tend to feel movement around 16 weeks.

However, if this is your first pregnancy, it may take longer. For example, I didn’t feel my baby move until I was 23 weeks along. I was nervous about this, and after doing some research I found that it could take up to 25 weeks for the first pregnancy. My doctor also confirmed this.

However, sometimes you can’t even tell if you feel your baby move or if it’s just your stomach grumbling or a random ping. It may take a while for you to be able to determine if it’s your baby’s movement. Women experience different sensations, so what you feel may not be what your sister felt or what your neighbor feels. It could be a flutter or a jab or a swish. Soon the feelings will become more predominant and you’ll be able to tell if it’s Baby or dinner time.

Once your baby is moving regularly, your doctor may suggest you monitor the fetal kicks. Once you’re well into the second trimester and into the third trimester, you’ll get a handle on what your baby feels like and when your baby is most active. That’s when you should regularly monitor fetal kicks. There are a number of strategies for this, but one easy way to do it is to take your baby’s most active time of the day and count 10 movements. Then record how long it took for you to count the 10 movements.

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If your baby doesn’t move 10 times in 2 hours, you may want to try again during a different time of day, or call your doctor if you notice a significant decrease in activity.

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  1. Avatar of Janice Janice says:

    I am 12 weeks and I feel a lot of fluttering going on. I wonder why I feel movement at the same time in totally different areas. I go for a ultrasound on November 4, I can’t wait to see my active one..

  2. Avatar of Damariz Damariz says:

    i start feeling my baby moves when i was 18 week, and my husband to. now im almost 21 week and my baby start to move a lilttle more
    im so happy
    but sometimes im scare when i dont feel my baby moving

  3. Avatar of Amanda Amanda says:

    I’m pregnant with my 5th baby and I’m currently 16wks and 4days and haven’t really felt any movements. Is that normal?

  4. Avatar of jillian jillian says:

    I felt little swipes on my tummy at 18 weeks felt like a pinkie finger morning side to side now at 23 weeks my little girl has lots of hiccups and kicks alot especially when I put my hand there to feel her :)

  5. Avatar of Brittney Brittney says:

    I’m 17 weeks and 2 days. I’ve thought I felt my little one move but I just can’t tell for sure. I feel something big then it turns out to be a gas bubble. Maybe its like Shana. When the baby moves I get some gas. I’m excited to feel it for the first time and for the movement to be big enough for my husband to feel it.

  6. Avatar of catherine catherine says:

    I am 12 weeks and 3 days with my first baby and I feel lots of fluttering… I had a sonogram today and I have a very active baby

  7. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I can’t wait to feel my little angel move!

  8. Avatar of Shana Shana says:

    Im 19 weeks and when she moves, I get a slight case of gas.

  9. Avatar of Nancy Nancy says:

    I started feeling little rubs against my stomach (very lightly like your fingers against your palm) at 16 weeks but I was never sure. Baby doesn’t move around so often and now at 20 weeks I feel something like kicks on the left side of my tummy. Its been kind of weird because I don’t feel movements all the time and often mix it up with how gassy I feel. I’ve been bloated ever since I was pregnant so I often tell people I don’t know if I have ever felt the baby move. I am waiting and cannot wait until I officially do!

  10. Avatar of Nancy Nancy says:

    This is my first pregnancy and I have 17 weeks and two days I barely felt my baby movements yesterday but it wasn’t anything similar of what everybody’s been telling me. It was like a sharp mild pain. And I know that was my baby.

  11. Avatar of Christina Christina says:

    This is my first pregnancy and I am now a little over 22 weeks and I first felt her move at about 16 weeks. I might have before that but I wasn’t sure until 16 weeks that it was her and not gas or something. Now I stop what I am doing every time I feel her move as it is still not regular and as often as I would like yet. My students are catching on to this and get really quiet, like they will be able to hear it when she moves… it is adorable but I am just glad I haven’t noticed it in the middle of a lesson yet, just student work time.

  12. Avatar of Katelyn Katelyn says:

    This is my second pregnancy and im 13 weeks along now, I defiantly feel flutters! Im not suprised because with my first I started feeling flutters around 15 weeks :)

  13. Avatar of Nancy Nancy says:

    This is my 5th pregnancy and I’m 14 weeks, I have not felt anything yet but I can’t wait until I do. It has been 7 years since my last baby so I really can’t remember what it feels like.

  14. Avatar of Kelly Kelly says:

    This is my 6th pregnancy, But my 5th child and I cannot wait to feel her move!! It’s the most incredible feeling and since this is my last I want to remember and cherish every moment, every kick and everything that comes with pregnancy. Advice to first timers, if you have done your movement counts and baby doesn’t want to move, before you get worried…try drinking a glass of orange juice or something cold and sweet, this will usually get the response you are looking for. If nothing happens call your doctor. And check with your doctor about the orange juice thing too, things change all the time in the medical field, it may no longer be the advice they give to get baby stimulated to move.

  15. Avatar of khia khia says:

    This is my 3rd pregnancy. im 13wks and cant wait til i start feeling movements, its amazing!

  16. Avatar of Nichole <3 Nichole <3 says:

    I am pregnant with my first child and I didn’t feel her move until about 23 weeks. I was getting so nervous waiting to feel those first unmistakable movements. The more time that went by and I hadn’t felt her, the more I started to really worry. When I brought my concerns to my doctor, she eased my mind by telling me that my placenta was in the front. Its like the placenta is in between me and the baby. She said its normal that I would feel the baby move later than woman whose placenta is in the back. And finally, the amazing happened, and I felt my daughter.. I’m now 27 weeks and she hasn’t stopped moving since =)

  17. Avatar of Tonya Tonya says:

    This is my 2nd child. 12 years in between. . . I’m 15 weeks and can definitely feel baby moving. . . especially if I lie on my back and gently press on my tummy where baby is. Last night I swear I felt something very tiny pressing back for just a moment, maybe its just wishful thinking, either way I’m super excited!

  18. Avatar of JaiBird JaiBird says:

    I started feeling baby move around 17 weeks or maybe even before that, but keep in mind this is my 6th pregnancy so i sort of knew what to expect. I dont remember feeling baby move in my first pregnancy until a little later so dont fret. Every pregnancy is different and also just because you dont think youve felt baby move doesnt mean you havent. You may have felt him/her and didnt even know. In other words… those may not be gas bubbles youre feeling, it could be baby instead!

    • Avatar of Kelly Kelly says:

      I am on my 6th as well, I am 9 weeks today and I can not wait to feel the baby! I thought I felt her move yesterday, it was a very slight fluttering, I was lying on my back resting and all of the sudden….. it was so slight and quick and I am second guessing myself now. I am going to try to rest and see if anything happens now so I will know for sure. I am thinking it was just rumbles from the tummy but we will see!! Good luck to you and baby!!

  19. Avatar of Liz Liz says:

    I was 19 and a half weeks before I felt what I definitively knew was baby movement, and I was 22 weeks before my boyfriend finally got to feel it. it hurts sometimes (mostly the bladder shots), but I love to feel it. it means baby is a-ok!

  20. Avatar of Dakota Dakota says:

    Baby loves to be active right when its bed time for me!

  21. Avatar of Venetia Venetia says:

    It seamed to take forever before i felt a kick from my first child. I haven’t had any movement yet in this pregnancy but it will happen.

  22. Avatar of Lesley Lesley says:

    First pregnancy. I felt my little pumpkin move at 17 1/2 weeks and daddy felt it at 19 weeks. I am 20 weeks and 2 days now :) 12 days till we find out our pumpkins gender

  23. Avatar of Timothy Timothy says:

    the little critter seems to get more active everyday.. we are in week 31 1/2 now.

  24. Avatar of Heather Heather says:

    I am 18 weeks and haven’t felt the baby move but on our ultrasounds he is very active. Our first Son was very active and I felt him first move around 18 weeks. I thought with it being my 2nd pregnancy that I would feel this baby sooner. I know it will happen but I am so anxious to feel those amazing movements.

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