Pregnancy / Childbirth

How does the child's first movements feel?


The first movements of the child can be felt by every woman at a slightly different moment. In the first pregnancy, it usually occurs around 19 weeks of pregnancy, in the second - around 16 weeks of pregnancy, and in the third, even at 15 weeks of pregnancy.

How are the child's first movements described?

The first movements of the child are very gentle. Many women, when they feel them, have doubts about whether this is "that". Here's how they describe them:

  • tickling in the stomach from the inside,
  • light waving,
  • gentle transfer,
  • flicking,
  • "bubbles",
  • butterflies in the stomach
  • "Touching the fish tail",
  • the impression that the skin stretched from the inside.

Kicks, sometimes strong and wavy belly, only appear over time. The first movements usually appear in the evening, while resting, when the woman is sitting or lying down, she feels relaxed.

When will I feel the baby's movements?

Often the first movements of the child are perceived bubbling, splashing in the stomach, meanwhile these signals usually just indicate bowel function. Doctors warn that itching and tickling are not baby's movements, but gentle uterine contractions. However, what is the truth? It is hard to say, because the perception of the child's first movements is very subjective. Only with time the movements are so clear that they cannot be mistaken for anything and doubts disappear.

It is assumed that before, the first movements of the child are felt by small and slim women and in subsequent pregnancies. Lower fat content in slim women facilitates the reception of movements, avoids the effect of suppression. In subsequent pregnancies, women are more aware and know what to expect, which is why they usually recognize the baby's movements faster.

In addition, a lot depends on the placement of the bearing - placing it on the anterior wall of the womb may make it difficult to receive the baby's movements. The movements of larger and more energetic children are also felt faster. Later sensation of movement may also be associated with the presence of more amniotic fluid.

What if I still don't feel my baby's movements?

If you are 21 weeks pregnant and do not feel the baby's movements, seek medical attention. Certainly everything is fine, but it's worth checking it just in case. Your doctor will do an ultrasound scan and will be able to dispel your doubts.

Many gynecologists recommend to observe the child's movements every day. Some ask you to record how many times we will feel the baby's movements within an hour. It is worth including this practice in your daily schedule. Knowing the habits of the child in the stomach, you can say a lot about the baby's temperament. We also have a better chance of reacting in case of irregularities.