When does the baby start to move? Guide for Moms and Dads

Is there anything more delicious in the world than feeling your baby moving? For those who are still waiting for this magical moment in a couple’s life, you can imagine how rewarding it is to feel the baby’s movements . Knowing when the baby starts to move can also reassure the mother even more, especially if it is the first time.

Many women want to know how many weeks the baby starts to move or how many months the baby moves, when in fact he starts moving from a very early age . At 6 weeks , when it is already possible to be visualized on ultrasound , we can notice his movements.

The question is when mom starts to feel these movements. Most of the time, these movements are not as evident as we might think, or just the feeling of a trembling belly . Some mothers are frightened when the pregnancy reaches a certain stage and the movements have not yet been identified and that is the secret. Identifying the baby’s movements for a first-time mom can be a difficult task, complicated by a lack of experience.

When Does Mommy Feel Baby Move for the First Time?

Normally, the woman can feel the baby move clearly for the first time around the 18th to the 21st week of gestation . Before this period, the baby’s movements are more like flickers , sometimes butterflies flying through the abdomen.

These subtle movements prior to the woman’s actual perception can be confused with movements that we are used to in the body, movements of gases and even of the internal organs and for this reason they may go unnoticed by the pregnant woman .

It is very common around 12 , 14 weeks for a woman to feel something pulsating inside her womb, this could be a sign that the baby is sobbing!  After all, a baby with 3 months of gestation moves a lot. Around the 18th week a hot tickle can appear and sometimes and an impulse too, in this phase feeling the baby when lying down is clearer, easier.

By the 24th week  (sixth month)  the movements are very evident and you can see it at any time of the day even if you are standing and from that moment until the end of the gestation, the movements become more and more evident.

A novelty for our pregnant readers, did you know that Patricia Amorim in partnership with the company Famivita developed a gestational vitamin complete with all the important vitamins for this phase and even with a differential, the size of the capsule. During this very complicated phase of nausea, many women find it difficult to swallow the vitamin, and FamiGesta is the solution. You can buy it here in our online store.

IMPORTANT: Normally in the second, third or more pregnancies the movements are clearer, I think because of the experience that the woman takes in previous pregnancies.

Tip to Feel the Baby Move

A good tip for those who really want to feel their baby or are apprehensive when their health is as follows:

  • After lunch (eat well) and eat a sweet as a dessert, the pregnant woman lies on her back. If you can be in bed and without a pillow and with your feet out of bed, the more the belly wall will stick to the uterus and thus become more sensitive to movements.

The secret of the baby’s movements is precisely this, reaching where there is sensitivity for the mother to feel. As the baby is wrapped in water and inside the uterus, the probability of having the sensation of movement early is reduced, even more for first-time moms.

For the father , the baby’s movements can be noticed from the 25th week . When the baby starts to move it can be felt by mommy and daddy may be frustrated initially, but when this feeling of feeling him alive inside mommy’s womb is a unique emotion for the couple!

To encourage movement, put good music right next to the belly, babies like it and even remembered it after birth. Talking to the baby can help a lot to feel the baby move. Affection is the best way to interact with your baby while still in the belly.

Questions from Readers:

I’m 19 weeks old and I don’t feel the baby moving, is it normal?

Yes, each pregnancy is different from the other even if it is the same woman. It is not because you felt it in the first pregnancy at 17 weeks that in the second or third you will also feel it. From 24 weeks onwards the movements become more apparent, so before this period they can be easily confused with gas or even bowel movements.

Twin pregnancy we feel move faster?

It is not because they are two babies that you will be rewarded for feeling your babies move before the pregnancy of a single baby. The time indicated to feel stirring even in twin pregnancies is similar or equal to other pregnancies, from around the 18th week to the 21st week.

I am 9 weeks old and I already feel the baby moving, is it possible?

No, at 9 weeks the embryo is still very small and even if it already moves and is seen through ultrasound, it is not possible to feel these movements in the belly. Usually the movements felt in this phase are linked to the accumulation of gases in the pregnant woman.

See also: Prior or Low Placenta – Pregnancy Unforeseen

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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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