When Should You Feel Your Baby Move?
We can’t jump into the discussion about the common reasons for decreased fetal movement (quickening) if we don’t discuss the soonest time when a mother feels her baby move.
The “soonest” time to feel fetal movements varies, and sometimes even depends on the number of pregnancies. According to experts, you can start feeling your baby’s kicks on the 18th-week mark.
If it’s your first pregnancy, you may not feel any movement until the 20th week. On the other hand, if it’s your second pregnancy, you might feel the quickening as early as the 16th week.
Would You Only Feel Baby “Kicks?”
Sometimes, the reason why mothers feel that her baby is not moving is that she is expecting to feel actual “kicks.” The thing is, baby movements are not always about kicking.
At first, you will distinguish fetal movements as “fluttering,” sort of like having butterflies in your stomach. Along the way, you’ll also feel the kicking, rolling, and swishing. If your baby is active, he or she may even “tumble” in your womb!
Since the quickening depends on a lot of factors, like what the baby is doing in the womb, and how advanced the pregnancy is, the reasons for decreased fetal movements also vary. Just because you didn’t feel the kick doesn’t automatically mean that there’s a DFM. If you’re just looking to feel the kick, you may end up reporting decreased fetal movements.
The key is to consider all of your baby’s movements, except for hiccups as those are involuntary. Fetal hiccups are rhythmic pulsating or twitching feelings, similar to a muscle spasm.
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