Fetal Movement: Feeling Baby Kick Week-by-Week (cont.)
In this Article
- Fetal Movement Introduction
- When Will I Feel My Baby Kicking?
- What Does the Baby Kicking Feel Like?
- How Often Should I Feel My Baby Moving?
- Should I Monitor My Baby's Kicking?
- What If You Don't Feel Your Baby Moving?
- Timeline of Baby Movement
- Find a local Doctor in your town
Timeline of Baby Movement
Here is a guide to your baby's possible movements.
Week 12: Your baby should start to move, but you probably won't be able to feel anything, because the baby is still so small.
Week 16: Some pregnant women will start to feel tiny butterfly-like flutters. The feeling might just be gas, or it might be the baby moving.
Week 20: By this point in your baby's development, you may start to really feel your baby's first movements, called "quickening."
Week 24: The baby's movements are starting to become more established. You might also begin to feel slight twitches as your baby hiccups.
Week 28: Your baby is moving often now. Some of the kicks and jabs may take your breath away.
Week 36: Your uterus is getting crowded as the baby grows, and movements should slow down a bit.
WebMD Medical Reference
American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists: "Special Tests for Monitoring Fetal Health."
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Gabbe, S.G., Niebyl, J.R., and Simpson, J.L. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies, Churchill Livingstone, 2007.
Reviewed by Mikio A. Nihira, MD on July 06, 2012
Last Editorial Review: 6/6/2012
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