One of the more intimate experiences you may experience during pregnancy is feeling your baby move. Below are some milestones to look out for; however movement can occur at different stages for different mothers.
During The Second Trimester
- You’re likely to feel your baby moving at around 19 weeks
- If you’ve already had a baby you may notice first movements earlier
- Women describe the feeling as a slight fluttering
- Your baby’s movements will become frequent and you will start to feel kicks and somersaults.
- Your baby’s busiest and most active time, will start at 24 weeks and go through to week 28 in the third trimester
- You may notice rhythmic twitches now and again when your baby has a fit of hiccups
- Your baby may also be getting into a pattern of sleep and activity. Unfortunately, this may not be the same as yours and they can be more active when you want to sleep.
During The Third Trimester
- You may feel winded when the baby pushes against your lungs
- As your baby becomes more cramped in your womb, their movements will feel more like jabs from a foot or knee rather than whole body shuffles
- As your due date approaches your baby’s head may move down and settle into the pelvis.
When To Call The Doctor
- If you notice any change in your baby’s pattern of movements call your midwife or doctor
- Each baby is different, use your judgement to determine what level of activity is normal for your baby.