I'm 21 weeks prego w/ first baby and not feeling 2 much movement. When will it happen more?

Kristen - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 37 moms have responded )

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I'm just really paranoid about everything, and I'm just wondering how much kicking or any kind of movement should I be feeling at 21 weeks pregnant w/ my first baby.

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Chrissy - posted on 01/06/2010

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What most people don't realize is when you are up and walking around throughout the day you are rocking the baby to sleep so lay down for a while and you will begin to feel the baby kick more as it gets bigger don't worry I have four kids it's normal

Tara - posted on 01/06/2010

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I didn't feel much movement with my 1st daughter until I hit about 23 weeks, felt it earlier with my 2nd daughter (around 21 weeks or so) because I knew what it was. It's normal to start feeling your baby anywhere between 21 and 25 weeks, and if it's your 2nd pregnancy you'll likely feel it earlier because you know what it is. Both my girls were really active right up until the end - you love that they move so much but by the end you'll be tired and if your baby is a good size sometimes those kicks can hurt - my oldest girl was 9 pounds 1 ounce and my youngest was 9 pounds 8 ounces :)

Crystal - posted on 01/06/2010

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dont worry....i just had my first n it was like 23 weeks before i felt my kiddo move....u prob have been feeling it, but have been mistaking it as gas! i did!!

Danielle - posted on 01/08/2010

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sometimes nothing until about 25weeks!!!normally with your first you don't notice the first signs of movement....that's because normally the first signs of movement are butterflies!

don't worry by the end of the month you should feel the kicking

Whitley - posted on 01/06/2010

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its to early, if youre feeling movement this early it may be twins!!! but seriously with the first baby you normally dont start to feel movement until 25or 28 weeks at the most maybe flutters b4 then but not too much movement. but when your baby does start to move beleive me you will want those movement free days back especially if your baby is big!!! GOOD LUCK!!

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Mmadira - posted on 04/08/2014

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i also don't feel my baby kicking and im 21 weeks the only thing i feel is the preasure on the bladder and the feeling is very strange, wen it started i thought the baby was pushing to come out until i get used to it. i even consulted with the Doctor and the Gyne and evrything was fine. but im also worried because i dont feel the kicks and the movements.this is worrying me very mu h bcz this is my 1st child

Kelly - posted on 01/10/2010

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At this stage, fetal movement is present and sometimes unrecognizable because of fetal size. As the fetus continues to grow and occupy more space in the womb which is usually by the third trimester, you will definitely feel more movement that has been present as early as 6 weeks of gestation. For more info on kick counts follow this link:
http://www.americanpregnancy.org/duringp...
Hope that helps in alleviating your concerns!

Andrea - posted on 01/09/2010

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I totally understand. I felt my son move for the first time at about 21 weeks, then it was 2 or 3 weeks before I felt anything else. It is different for everybody and you should ask your doctor what might be normal for you but you probably don't need to worry at all right now. Trust me it is great everytime you feel the baby move but by the time your due date rolls around you won't mind too much that your bruised ribs will get some relif.

Ana - posted on 01/08/2010

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Kristen, everyone is different in there pregnancy's. I didn't even start showing until I was about 21 weeks & felt movement shortly after that. Give it another week or so & if you still don't feel movement, have your doctor check you out. Good Luck, keep us posted.

Ana Smith

Lara - posted on 01/08/2010

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I was always worried when I was pregnant, I think its pretty natural to feel that way. If you have a ice cold glass of water it generally inspires the baby to move, I found doing pelvic floor exercises made my bubs move - and you need to be doing them anyway :-) But try not to stress, thats the absolute best thing you can do! Though that of course is easy to say!

Kerry - posted on 01/08/2010

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I'm 20 weeks and I haven't felt a thing. I'm not worried though, I'm looking forward to it happening in maybe the next month or so. I was starting to feel somewhat concerned up until we had our second scan on Wednesday and seeing her wriggling around, turning over and moving her arms and legs everywhere really reassured me that she's healthily active, just too small to notice at the moment! My friend is two weeks behind me and she's feeling movement, but this is her second pregnancy and apparently it's natural to feel movement earlier when you know exactly what to expect.

Kristal - posted on 01/07/2010

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they say it takes a little longer to feel lots of movement with your first bub....have you felt any movement???

Brandi - posted on 01/07/2010

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its absolutely normal! i didnt feel my baby start moving until I was about 24 weeks! And when he did move, he would move for a few minutes then stop for mostly the rest of the day. He was lazy (HA). He was perfectly fine when he was born so have no fear its going to happen and when it does be prepared for the most 'interesting' feeling you have ever had!
Good luck

Leona - posted on 01/07/2010

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I didnt feel anything until 21 weeks, then I started feeling more and more movement after that! It is a great feeling!!

Amber - posted on 01/07/2010

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I had my first baby 7 months ago, and it wasnt until i was like 25 to 27 weeks along that i felt him move for the first time, after that i felt him all the time, it just takes time, and as long as the heartbeats are fine and the dr says everything is ok, then i would really worry to much, cause remember the more stress the more complications. It will start soon enough, and congratulations on the first born.

Jessica - posted on 01/07/2010

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im 23 wks and i just felt my lil girl start moving a few weeks ago..and it wasnt alot just little flutters at first. but shes been getting pretty active lately. i think it all depends on the child. dont stress about it too much its not good for you or the lil one..altho i gotta admit i got a lil worried yesterday...ive been sick lately and she wasnt moving around soo much...i think she was just having a lazy day tho..

Michelle - posted on 01/06/2010

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Hi Kristen, First up congratulations!!! YEY!! I did not feel much movement at all throughout my pregnancy and went to the hospital 5 times during to have his heart beat monitered to sooth my worries. You can purchase from some chemists (and online I think) baby heart monitor which you place over your belly. The important thing is to liase with your obstetrician or GP about your fears to ensure that everything is also okay. Best of luck with it all and my bubs has been a real wriggler since he was born so makes me think he was just saving all that kicking around until he was on the outside. :-)

Kim - posted on 01/06/2010

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I never felt much movement with either of my kids. I was scared so my OB/GYN gave me an ultrasound where I watched the baby do flips that I barely felt! Don't panic! Sometimes the placenta is in front of the baby also, which can reduce feeling movement. (It is usually behind the baby.)

Bre - posted on 01/06/2010

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Awww Kristen. It's perfectly fine sweetie. Babies grow and move at their own pace. I felt Aiden moving from about 17 weeks but that's only because I had a high risk pregnancy and was at the doctors every other week and he told me that all those fluttering "gas" feelings were really him moving. Now-a-days he won't stay still to save his or my life. Lol. Drinking orange juice and laying on your left side really does get them pretty active though if you just can't wait. But trust me you'll be feeling those amazing and often painful kicks, punches, and elbows VERY soon. :o)

Kristen - posted on 01/06/2010

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To be 21 weeks & not feel anything yet is perfectly normal! I didn't start feeling my 1st move until about then & after that he didn't stop jumping around in there!

Kristen - posted on 01/06/2010

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Chrissy- I did read that online and know that they do sleep like 14 hrs a day. Right now I'm just sitting on my bed, and I felt him move a bit! :)

Kristen - posted on 01/06/2010

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OMG I can only imagine the feeling of constant pressure on your bladder. That must be a pain- to use the bathroom like every 5 minutes. But, 8lbs...WOW, that's a healthy baby LOL. But, you will be fine, you already know what it's like :)

Whitley - posted on 01/06/2010

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O YES MAM ITS TOO UNCOMFORTABLE,ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY FIND THEIR WAY TO YOUR BLADDER AND TAKE A SEAT OMG TALK ABOUT MAD!!! IM 2 WEEKS AWAY FROM MY DUE DATE AND MY BABY IS ALREADY ALMOST 8LBS. MY FIRST ONE WAS 8 10.5 WHEN SHE CAME OUT. I AM MORTIFIED WHAT THIS ONE WILL BE WHEN HE COMES OUT!!

Kristen - posted on 01/06/2010

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OHHHH NOOOO DEF NOT HAVING TWINS! LOL
But a friend of mine said that the whole foot in the ribs thing was so uncomfortable. She's about a month away from her due date now

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My doctor use to tell me to drink a glass of orange juice and then lay on my side until he kicked. I often felt nothing. Not all babies are active in the womb. My son was almost 10 pounds and simply didn't have the room to move. It made me very paranoid though so I understand how you feel. My reassurance was at my doctor's visits when we listened to the heart beat.

Kristen - posted on 01/06/2010

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Nikki- I feel like I want to go to the doctor like every other day too! LOL. But so far, I a m enjoying my pregnancy other than the paranoia of not feeling constant movement. But as everyone has said, it's early! So I feel so much better.

Mel - posted on 01/06/2010

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With my first child, I didn't realize the difference between movement and gas. Until i really felt her move in week 28. After that it felt like she never stopped moving. Try not to worry. Keep a happy positive attitude. But a doctors visit couldn't hurt if you are very worried. :)

Nikki - posted on 01/06/2010

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I was so so so paranoid, I was at the doctors all the time checking my bubs heartbeat! Im sure everytime I walked in they thought "not again!" I didnt feel many kicks until about 24 weeks and even then my little cheeky girls would seem to have 2 really active days and then for one day not move at all (during which I would freak everytime, even thought it hapened all the time) I almost gave myself a heart attack with worry!

Its really hard because at the end of my pregnancy although I believed I was very in tune with my movements and I could feel everything that was happening a couple of times I felt no movements so I went to the hospital and they put me on a moniter, I couldnt feel it but every 10-20 seconds she was having a movement.

But if you are really worried I would get checked, I couldnt sleep if I was worried, hence my hundreds of doctors visits.

One thing to try before you go to the dr, eat something really sugary then lay down on your side for an hour and you should feel some movements, in saying this dont freak if you dont, after doing this is when I would go to the dr if I didnt feel anything and it was always ok.

Good luck with your pregnancy and the birth, its such an exciting and wonderful time :) What I wouldnt give to be able to go through it all again, best feeling in the world.

Metria - posted on 01/06/2010

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Just try to relax and lie very still and its possible you may feel some movement. At this stage they are so tiny its hard to feel them swimming around in there. You will feel it!

Kristen - posted on 01/06/2010

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Thank you all so much. I feel reassured!! I just can't wait to REALLY feel the kicking! It's funny because during the ultrasound he was tossing and turning, moving so much, and it's just amazing that I can't feel any of that lol. But of course, as he gets bigger, I'm sure it will happen :)

THANK YOU ALL AGAIN! :)

Dawn - posted on 01/06/2010

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The first time around it is always slower to feel the baby move. It also depends on where they egg implanted as to how much movement you feel early on. I don't remember feeling my first one until after 20 weeks, and then it was only when I was really paying attention. The best way for me to feel him was to lie down on my left side and wait.

Christelle - posted on 01/06/2010

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Kristen- it is ok not to feel the baby. I lost my first pregnancy at 7 weeks, but carried my second to 31 weeks. She is perfectly fine, but I didn't feel her until about 22 weeks. Quite honestly, it wasn't until I went to my 22 week ultrasound that I realized the fluttering I was feeling actually her kicking. It all depends on how you carry the baby. Mine was really low.

I completely understand your nervousness. Relax and enjoy your pregnancy.

Brandy - posted on 01/06/2010

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Hello I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT WHEN I WAS PREGNANT WITH MY FIRST SHE RARELY MOVED AT ALL AND I MEAN THREW THE WHOLE PREGNANT'S.LOL IT SCARED ME ALL THE TIME BUT SHE WAS HEALTHY AND OK WHEN BORN. UM I ALSO KNOW WHEN IN ONE OF MY SCARED MOMENTS I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL THEY MADE ME DRINK ORANGE JUICE THEY SAID IT WOULD MAKE HER MOVIE. WELL CONGRATS AND GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Natasha - posted on 01/06/2010

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I never really felt my son. The placenta was on the front of my uterus, so this blocked most of the movement. I know if 3 other women, with similar aged kids who had the same issue. I think your meant to start feeling little flutters anywhere between 21 -25 weeks. I believe once you know what your meant to be feeling (2nd/3rd child etc) then you can feel it as early as 21 weeks. I wouldn't worry too much. When i did feel something with my son, it was just one part of my tummy and it felt like fluttering. He was breech with his legs up around his head, so I never felt big kicks.

Felicia - posted on 01/06/2010

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I'm only 17 weeks and not feeling anything yet either they told me a couple of weeks hope I feel something soon I'm just as paranoid as u this is my first as well!!!

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