when should i really feel the baby move?

Brittany - posted on 09/07/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Im 20 weeks and 3 days pregnant with my first child, i think i know what im feeling when the baby moves but im not sure yet if its the baby or just digestive feelings, should i be worried?

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Morgan - posted on 09/09/2009

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It all depends on the babies position some people never feel movement and deliver healthy babies. If you carry far back and high up you might not feel it at all. But you shouldn't worry unless you baby is always active and all the sudden doesn't move for days. If you are worried talk to your doctor and they can check things out for you.

Lacey - posted on 09/08/2009

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Quoting Liz:

At 20 weeks you should be feeling the baby move unless you're moderately/severely overweight. In that case; it takes longer.


Not necessarily - there are other circumstances that would account for delay in feeling fetal movements - like position of the placenta.

Lacey - posted on 09/08/2009

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I have an anterior placenta (it's in the front, where my friends all say they felt their first movements), so I didn't feel my son moving, really moving, until about 24 weeks. He's my first. At first, I just always thought that it was the digestive feelings, but by 24 weeks he was moving strongly enough that I could tell it was him. If you ultrasounds and appointments have gone well and your care provider hasn't expressed any concerns, I wouldn't worry.

Stacey - posted on 09/08/2009

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I started feeling my first around 21 weeks, the midwives normally say you start to feel it around 19 to 24 weeks.

At first it feels like butterflies well that's what I think anyways lol but as they grow bigger those movements and kicks become so strong, I remember carrying my 2nd (she's 2months old) when she kicked she blooming kicked my tummy would jiggly about esp when she was moving around not just kicking. I would see feet poking out when she kicked, she kicked so hard one point she bruised my ribs lol.

Don't worry too much about not feeling the movements yet, give it a bit longer if your still worried go to see your midwife see what they say

Rhiannon - posted on 09/07/2009

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I felt my first at 16 weeks, but it took about 4 more weeks before I realised that had been what it was. My second (so I KNEW what to expect this time and wouldn't miss the first little flutters) took until 21 weeks before I felt anything. Odd, considering Liz's comments about weight. I was 7 kg lighter when falling pregnant with my 2nd, so you'd think it would be the second one I had felt earlier.

Either way, don't stress. Chances are you will realise some feelings were the baby earlier on (once they become more definate), but being your first you may have missed them. It is such an exciting time! Have fun and enjoy!

Amanda - posted on 09/07/2009

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When I was pregnant, I felt movement around 20 weeks. But, it didn't occur all the time like it did later on in the pregnancy. Every one told me that it would feel like a fluttery feeling, but it didn't to me. It almost felt like a faint little thump in my belly. I remember thinking: "Oh man! Is that it?! Or am I getting excited over gas?" haha.
In the beginning it is hard to tell what movement is what, but after a while, you'll get used to the movement when he/she kicks you all the time...and it's awesome. :)

Hannah - posted on 09/07/2009

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Not at all. I felt the baby move around 18 weeks.... but wasn't sure for a couple more weeks. Every woman is different.

Liz - posted on 09/07/2009

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At 20 weeks you should be feeling the baby move unless you're moderately/severely overweight. In that case; it takes longer.

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