What every mother needs to know

No. Understanding Your Baby’s First Kick
1. Can be felt around 18 – 22 weeks for First Pregnancy.
2. Can be felt around 15 – 18 weeks for Subsequent Pregnancy (as mothers can now detect baby’s movement better due to experience).
3. The feeling has been described as:

  • Little mice tumbling around your lower abdomen; or
  • Little flutter that stops just as it started; or
  • Gas bubbles, etc.
4. Quickening means the motion of the foetus in the uterus where a baby shows signs of life.
5. A healthy baby is an active baby. As your pregnancy grows, the kicking will also grow in intensity and frequency and become more vigorous.
6. Babies have their own rhythm (sleep and active time), so do not worry if your baby doesn’t move / kick for a few hours as your baby might be sleeping.
7. There’s no set amount of kicks to expect – as long as your back is actively moving on a regular basis, it should be okay! In the first 12 weeks, the jerks and jolts are not strong enough to be felt. After this the kicks are more stronger and regular. Movements are more likely to be felt when you are in a quiet position, sitting or lying down.
8. Communicate with your baby. Normally babies will respond to your touch and voice. If not, your baby is most probably sleeping.
9. Let your doctor know if you notice a decrease in your baby’s activity level. If you feel that your baby has not moved for a long period of time or that something is wrong, seek medical attention! Your doctor will most probably perform an ultrasound to determine your baby’s condition.
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