You’ve read about it in all the pregnancy books, you’ve seen it in popular movies, and now that you’re finally pregnant, you’ll wonder - how does it actually feel when your baby moves around in your womb? Will I be able to feel it at all? What if I miss it?
The short answer is that you definitely will feel your baby moving around, but each woman experiences things differently. An ultrasound scan might reveal if your baby has shifted their position in your womb. Read on to know all about your baby’s movements in the womb -
Your baby will first start moving sometime in between the 16th to the 22nd week. Although the first movements are in the 7th or 8th week, you don’t feel it because the baby is still very small. If you’ve been pregnant before, then you’ll probably catch the movements easier than inexperienced moms. You might be able to easily differentiate between a baby’s kick and a bout of stomach gas. If you’re pregnant for the first time, though, you might feel the baby’s movements better when you sit or lie down. It’s also been found that leaner moms feel baby movements slightly more easily than the hefty ones.
How do the baby’s initial movements feel?
Women have said that their baby’s first movement often feels like the pop of a popcorn, the swimming of a small fish or the flutter of a butterfly. You might accidentally perceive it to be a hunger pang initially, but gradually you’ll begin to understand the difference between stomach pain and gastric problems, and your baby’s movements.
Is there a fixed number of times that a child should move in the womb?
Not necessarily. Initially, your baby will move slowly and at long intervals. You might feel a movement one day and nothing the next. This is probably because the baby’s kick doesn’t have enough strength or power in it. By the second trimester, though, you should feel it more strongly and you’ll become more aware of the movements of your baby.
Will the baby kicks stop by the end of the pregnancy?
Not really. The bigger your baby gets, the more space he/she will need in your womb. And since your womb can’t expand after a certain point, the kicks might get less frequent, but that doesn’t mean that the baby isn’t doing anything. Your baby is still very normal, but just quiet.
Do I have to keep a track of the number of my baby’s kicks?
When you feel your baby’s kick for the first time, inform your doctor. They are better suited to explain to you about the normal and abnormal behaviour of the baby. But sometimes, it might just be that the baby’s slow movements are the indication of a problem. It would be better to get an ultrasound scan done with the consultation of a doctor.
For example, the physician might ask you when your baby is most active. On the basis of this, they might even ask you to count the number of times your baby kicks, and in order to observe this, might ask you to move to a quiet place, away from noise and observe the movements of the child.
There’s no need to worry if your experience if different from that of your friend’s. Every woman and every child is different, and so is their development in the womb. Everyone has a different story to tell, so there’s no point comparing yourself to someone else!