When can you feel the baby kick?

Pregnancy milestones like feeling your baby’s first kick may be life-changing experiences. Even the smallest of movements may heighten the sense of reality and bring you and your baby closer together. And even though you can anticipate your baby to move at some point throughout your pregnancy, you may still have worries about whether or not it’s normal.

In the following blog post, we will talk about when can you feel the first baby move, what does it feel like, how often babies move, and we also touch on when you can feel the baby kick from outside.

When can you feel the baby kick from outside

When can you first feel baby move?

Most women experience their first fetal movement, also known as quickening, between weeks 18 and 22 of pregnancy, while it might also happen at any time between weeks 14 and 26. Your baby is much too little and far too deep under the protective padding of your womb before then to register as a blip on your radar.

The fourth month of pregnancy is when women who are slim or have a second baby are more likely to experience their first movements. The flutters and twitches (which might feel like gas or muscular spasms) don’t become apparent until the fifth month of pregnancy.

Also, one thing to keep in mind is that the placenta’s location may affect the timing of fetal movement sensations. For example, a placenta positioned anteriorly might limit the baby’s movements and make it more difficult to feel the baby’s activities.

Has it been the middle of month 5 and you haven’t felt any fetal movement at all? An ultrasound may be recommended by your doctor to monitor the wellbeing of your unborn baby. Not feeling the movements doesn’t always spell bad news, but to be safe, get it checked out and get an opinion of the professionals..

What does it feel like when the baby moves?

A baby’s kicking may feel like “butterflies” or “waves” to you. Twitches, nudges, or even hunger pangs are possible sensations. 

After six months, you’ll notice a shift in the intensity of your baby’s kicks and punches, which will progress to squirming and twisting as your baby develops in the eighth and ninth months.

Keep in mind that every baby is different, and their activity rhythms and patterns will differ. It might also be fun to compare the intensity, timing, and frequency of your baby’s kicks and nudges to those of other pregnant mommies, or even to your own prior pregnancies.

How often do babies move in the womb?

Even if your kid is more active in the mornings, he or she may be less active later in the day and at night. It’s all about his/her circadian rhythm. Additionally, bear in mind that your baby’s frequency of movement will vary over time as your pregnancy progresses.

It’s important to remember that even though your baby begins to move in the second trimester, that doesn’t mean that you will feel them move all the time from that point on. In the third trimester, it is normal for the fetus to move in a variety of ways. Don’t worry if you don’t feel any movement one day.

It’s important to keep in mind that your baby is still very little. Most of their turns and flips won’t be felt. When your baby is a little older, you’ll start to feel things almost regularly. Regular patterns of movement may even start to emerge.

When can you feel baby kick from outside?

Between 16 and 22 weeks. The majority of women may initially share their baby’s movements with their partners between weeks 20 and 24, which is around halfway through the second trimester of their pregnancy.

Does an active baby in the womb mean early labor?

Even while you won’t be able to feel your baby move during true labour (since there will be so much going on to keep you distracted), you may be able to feel him or her move during Braxton-Hicks contractions.

Your uterus is preparing for labour and delivery by contracting throughout the third trimester, which is why you’re experiencing contractions at this time as an abdominal tightness that comes and goes over a while. Not only may you feel your baby move during these contractions, but the movements of your baby can also cause Braxton-Hicks contractions. Exercise, like taking a stroll or shifting your posture, might help to alleviate early contractions.

Final words

Fetal movement is one of the most thrilling and genuine signs of pregnancy, indicating that life is growing inside of you. So sit back, relax, and take it all in. Also, don’t forget to count your kicks in the third trimester!


Women may experience movement as early as 12 weeks. Slim, sensitive women, or those on their second or consequent pregnancy, or carrying a playful baby, may be experiencing flutters.

According to one 2001 research documented in the journal Human Fetal and Neonatal Movement Patterns, boys may move more in the womb than girls. At 20, 34, and 37 weeks, the overall number of leg movements was significantly more in males than in girls.

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