Fetal Movement: When You Feel Baby Kick

Fetal movement is the most awaited thing that a pregnant woman is excited for. The fetus is the unborn child of a mammal, particularly human. It stays in the mother’s womb for 38 to 40 weeks. During this time, the women go through various new experiences, such as nausea, morning sickness, physical changes, and above all the fetal movement.

A mother-to-be is often eager to feel her unborn move. There are numerous questions that arise in your mind relevant to these baby kicks; how often should the baby kick? Is he kicking less? Does my baby have four limbs? (Because too frequent kicks bring that thought in the fetal movement !)

When do you feel the baby kick in fetal movement?

The time one feels baby kick varies; second or more times pregnant mothers will feel it as early as 16 weeks whereas the first time pregnant might feel it as late as 22 weeks.

Initial fetal movements are referred to as ‘Quickening.’ Baby kicks are most felt when you are lying down or relaxing.

How often should the baby kick?

There is no specific calculation regarding how often the baby should move. If you feel that fetal movement has reduced relatively, it may be a sign of some abnormality in fetal growth or uterus. This must be shared with your gynecologist and protective measures should be taken accordingly. Sometimes less fetal movement might indicate nothing but a lazy baby! But it must be consulted anyway.

Various methods are being discovered to measure the fetal movement as it holds a key role in determining the development of the unborn. The 3D ultrasounds have made it easy to track the fetal movement more in-depth, also visualizing facial expressions and eye movements.

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Feeling the baby kick also varies with your physique. If you are obese, you might feel less fetal movement rather than a normal body mass counterpart. The movement of the baby changes throughout pregnancy and is a key indicator of its growth. Still there is no hard and fast rule of calculating the baby kicks which makes sure the baby is healthy growth.

What if the fetal movement is not frequent?

An easy way to count your baby’s kicks is that setback and relax, have some snacks, and start counting how many times the baby flutters or kicks. If this happens almost 10 times in an hour the baby is normal but if the kicks are less than 10 in almost two hours, contact your consultant.

Keep in mind that every time your baby is not kicking much does not indicate a problem. It might be possible that the baby is taking a nap! Try having some juice or snacks and the baby will wake up giving you butterflies in your stomach!

Comparing your fetal movement with other babies

It is not necessary that if your baby doesn’t kick as often as your best friend’s unborn, there is something wrong. As every individual is different, the babies to come are unique too. Every pregnancy is different; even your second pregnancy may not be like your first one!

When will your partner be able to feel the baby kicks?

You are obviously the first one to feel the baby kicks and even the basic flutters than any other person. But after 20 weeks of pregnancy, your partner will also be able to feel the baby kicks and sometimes even see them. Your baby bump might possibly DE shape due to your baby’s limbs folding in and out.

what if you do not feel fetal movements

Feeling your baby move is one of the joyous feelings ever and it is very natural to get worried if it slows down or is not that frequent. But keep in mind that not all babies kick with the same frequency, it varies. Some women feel the baby kicks earlier than others.

If you are concerned about your fetal movements always consult your gynecologist, especially if the movements lessen to 10 kicks in two hours. Never hesitate to call your doctor, even over the little things but don’t stress yourself. Pregnancy is a beautiful life experience and baby kicks place a bow over it!



  • Anum Essa

    Great effort by the writer. Pregnancy is a beautiful experience indeed. 🙂