Feeling your baby kick for the first time usually happens around 16 to 20 weeks. If it's your first pregnancy, you're more likely to recognise the feeling towards the end of that time. Some mums-to-be worry when they're not feeling anything at all, while others can feel like a punching bag!
Can't wait to feel your baby move?
When most people think of babies moving, they imagine little feet prodding pregnant tummies or being able to see their baby kicking. But of course, at the beginning, babies are still really tiny and have plenty of room to move around without bumping into your sides. In fact, you may not even notice your baby's movement in the early stages of pregnancy!
The first flutterings
When you feel your baby move for the first time, usually at around 16 – 20 weeks, it's very exciting – personal proof that your baby is really there and growing healthily. Of course, all pregnancies are slightly different so yours won't run to an exact timetable, but there are cycles of baby movement you can expect.
Later baby movements
- 24 to 28 weeks – it's not unusual to feel your baby hiccup and while sudden loud noises won't do them any harm, they might make them 'jump'!
- Around 29 weeks – it starts getting a bit more cramped inside your womb so your baby will make smaller movements but they might feel stronger.
- Around 32 weeks – they'll probably get even more active before starting to get into their final position (hopefully head down!) at around 36 weeks. Because space will be tighter and your baby will be stronger, that's when you might find baby movements a little less comfortable.
- 36 to 40 weeks – it's usual to experience less kicking towards the end, so don't worry when movements slow down. But it's still very important that you feel your baby move – about 10 movements in any 24-hour period is considered normal.
Still worried about your baby's movements
If you're worried that your baby isn't moving or is moving too much, don't hesitate to ask your doctor for a check-up.