When will I feel my baby move, and what is normal movement for a baby?. Most mothers start to feel their baby move for the first time sometime between 17 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. Mothers who have had children before might know what they're looking for, and feel it a week earlier, like around 16 weeks, and others might not feel it till around 21 weeks or sometimes even just a tad bit later. This might be caused by the fact that the placenta is attached at the front of your uterus, or you might hear the doctor use the term, an anterior placenta. It's acting as a shock absorber, or kind of like a pillow, so that when the baby moves, you're not able to feel it as well. Until the baby is old enough, you might not feel regular movement, if this applies to you, until you're around 21 or 22 weeks. If you've never had a baby before, and you're wondering what the movement feels like, it might just feel like gas pain. Sometimes mothers write it off as such. It might feel like little flutters or like popcorn is popping in your belly. Mothers have used many different terms to describe it, but whenever you feel it for the first time, it is so exciting!
Most moms feel pretty irregular or sporadic movement until the baby is big enough that they can feel more regular movement, and this usually happens around 26 to 28 weeks. At that point, you should feel regular movement, and you should pay very close attention to it, and if you ever feel less than your norm, if you're going throughout your day and feel like "Oh, I haven't felt my baby move as much", get rid of all distractions, lay down on your side (because the side is the best position for the baby, they get the best blood-flow while you're on your side), and count movements. If you get 10 movements or less in 2 hours, then that's not enough, and it's a reason in and of itself to go to Labor & Delivery and get checked out. We can then monitor the baby and see if they're doing well or if they need further monitoring. But the best indication you have while you're not on the monitor that your baby is doing well is that they are moving. If you are ever concerned again, remember that we are huge believers in a mother's intuition, and we would love to check you out. If you have any other questions for me in the future, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/IntermountainMoms, and recommend us to your friends and family too.
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