This is a frequently asked question that I often get asked! Feeling the baby move is an exciting day in your pregnancy as it is, and will become, your way of “touching” base with your baby!
Most women, particularly when it is your first pregnancy, do not feel the baby move until between 16 – 20 weeks of pregnancy. For first time Mums’s, and women who have a high BMI , it is often nearer 20 weeks than 16, so don’t worry, but rather wait patiently! For second time and over Mum’s, it can often be a little bit earlier than that.
The womb or uterus is still protected in the bony pelvis until about 12 weeks, when the growing womb/uterus starts emerging out of the pelvis. It is often not until 16 weeks and over that you start to feel movements, as around then the baby has grown enough in size that the movements can be then be felt by you.
I generally as a midwife do not describe the feeling of perceiving the first movements, as essentially, you will recognize it when you do feel it! Some do though describe it as a “flutter” or “bubble like”.
Initially you may not feel your baby move everyday either so don’t let that worry you. However most do feel movements every day from around 24 weeks, and there after it is important that you are happy that the baby is active moving inside you, and if not, to report this to your midwife or doctor.
And to finish…some advice for Dad’s/ husband’s/partners who are wanting to feel their baby’s movements – this is often not possible until around the third trimester which is 30 weeks and over. Again keep trying and be patient, you will eventually feel the baby kick and if the baby is having a mad activity session, somersaulting etc, you can even watch the pregnant tummy moving!
Pregnancy is fascinating!