Fetal Movement: Feeling Baby Kick

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Stages of Pregnancy: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Trimester Images

Timeline of Baby Movement

Here is a guide to your baby's possible movements.

Week 12: Your baby should start to move, but you probably won't be able to feel anything, because the baby is still so small.

Week 16: Some pregnant women will start to feel tiny butterfly-like flutters. The feeling might just be gas, or it might be the baby moving.

Week 20: By this point in your baby's development, you may start to really feel your baby's first movements, called "quickening."

Week 24: The baby's movements are starting to become more established. You might also begin to feel slight twitches as your baby hiccups.

Week 28: Your baby is moving often now. Some of the kicks and jabs may take your breath away.

Week 36: Your uterus is getting crowded as the baby grows, and movements should slow down a bit.

WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:
American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists: "Special Tests for Monitoring Fetal Health."
Mangesi, L. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, published online, Jan. 24, 2007.
Gabbe, S.G., Niebyl, J.R., and Simpson, J.L. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies, Churchill Livingstone, 2007.
Reviewed by Mikio A. Nihira, MD on July 06, 2012

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