When should I start to feel my baby kick?
Most women start to feel their baby kick between 18 to 20 weeks, or earlier around 15 weeks if its a second or third child, says Prima Babys midwife Nikki Khan. Other women are past the 20-week mark before they feel anything, and thats normal, too.
What exactly do the babysmovements feel like?
The first movements are known as quickening and feel light and fluttery, says Nikki. Some women dont realise its their baby at first, mistaking the movements for wind or a grumbly tummy. The movements get stronger as the baby grows, and you start to recognise and look out for them. Towards the end of your pregnancy, theres usually no mistaking them although be aware that once the head descends into the pelvis, the movements may feel different. Youll feel the weight of your babys head on your pelvic floor and kicking under your ribs.
How regularly should I feel my baby move?
Theres no correct frequency, as its different for every woman. Mums-to-be used to be asked to
keep a record of their babys movements, but it can be more worrying than reassuring, so we no longer do this, says Nikki. Its better to become familiar with your babys routine and monitor that you may find shes more lively in the mornings, or when youre going to sleep, for instance. Then youll know whats normal for your baby.
Im not feeling anything at all. Do all women feel their baby kicking?
The short answer is, no. If the placenta is at the front of the bump whats known as an anterior placenta this may cushion your babys movements so that you dont feel them until later on in your pregnancy and, even then, not much at all, says Nikki. This is usually nothing to worry about, and your sonographer will be able to advise you on the position of your placenta at each scan.
I havent felt my baby move around much today. How can I encourage her?
If you havent had much to eat or drink that day, your baby may become lethargic and move less, says Nikki. Have a light, nutritious snack and see if it helps. Sometimes, were so busy were simply not concentrating on our baby and miss regular movements that way. If you are able to, take some quiet time to relax, and reconnect with your baby, focusing on feeling her move. A glass of ice-cold water will often get her moving its thought that your baby can feel the change in temperature and will try to move away from it. If youre at all worried, trust your instincts and call your midwife. She can have a listen and monitor you properly to put your mind at rest.