Can’t wait to feel your baby move?
When most people think of feeling their baby move, they imagine little feet prodding pregnant tummies or being able to see their baby kicking. But of course, every mum has a different experience of their little one’s first wriggles.
When will I feel my baby kick?
When you feel your baby move for the first time, usually at around 18 – 20 weeks, it's very exciting – personal proof that your baby is really there and growing healthily.
Though there are cycles of movement you can expect throughout pregnancy, each mum and baby is unique and you should try to get to know what’s normal for you. Then, if at any point you feel your baby is moving more or less than you are used to, you can get in touch with your midwife or doctor.
Later baby movements
- 20 to 24 weeks – the movements you’ll feel early on will mainly be flutterings, known as quickening. If by 24 weeks you still haven’t felt your baby move, contact your midwife. They’ll carry out a few checks, like looking at the size of your uterus and listening to your baby’s heartbeat.
- 24 to 28 weeks – it's not unusual to feel your baby hiccup and while sudden loud noises won't do them any harm, they might make them 'jump'!
- Around 29 weeks – you’ll often be able to feel some movement from the outside of your bump by now, so your partner can experience those magical moments too!
- Around 32 weeks – they're starting to wiggle their way into their final position (hopefully head down!) at around 36 weeks,
- 36 to 40 weeks – you’ll continue to experience steady, strong movements including little jabs and kicks to the ribs at the same rate as you have done before. At this point, it’s really important to call your midwife or doctor if you notice any changes to your baby’s normal patterns.
Still worried about your baby's movement?
A change in your baby’s movement patterns acts as a good natural indicator of their health. If you’re worried that your baby isn’t moving or is moving too much, don’t hesitate to call your midwife and ask for a check-up.