That first kick becomes a memory for a lifetime; it is a story that will be told over and over again.
Although the baby exists as an embryo much earlier, it is the movements in the later months that actually help a mother sense and build a bond with the child inside her. But, unfortunately many moms-to-be, especially the first-timers, mistake the faint flutter for a bout of gas.
Never mind. We’ll make sure you don’t miss out on this treasured moment.
Learn about the exact time in your pregnancy when you should officially expect those tiny baby kicks. Scroll further to know what they feel like.
The Early Fetal Movements
The fetal movements actually begin at 7- 8 weeks of gestation. The first movements of the baby occur after its heart begin beat. It is still an embryo and measures not more than half an inch in length. An ultrasound is quick to catch these early movements. You can see it kicking its feet or waving the arm buds on the computer screen. However, the embryo is so small and the movements so faint that they cannot be felt by the mother.
When will you first feel your baby?
Officially, a woman will feel her baby kick or move for the first time roughly between 16- 22 weeks of gestation. By 20 weeks most women state that the kicks and movements are very distinct and obvious. This phase is called quickening. However, like most other symptoms experienced during pregnancy, there is no hard and fast rule about it. It may be earlier (as early as 13- 16 weeks) in some and later (after 22 weeks).
Many-a-times the onset of fetal movements occurs earlier, but women fail to distinguish between them and the rumbles caused by gas (a very common occurrence in pregnancy). Woman for whom it is their second child are able to detect the movements earlier than others because they know what the kicks feel like.
Your build will also determine the time when you will feel the kicks and movements. Thinner women feel the kicks earlier while women on the heavier side may experience it in a little later stage of the second trimester.
Babies are most active at night. Therefore, you will experience a lot of bounces, jumps, jabs, kicks (or whatever you choose to call them) while you try to catch a few winks of sleep. Doctors also state that specific foods, the sugary and spicy varieties tend to trigger the kicks and movements. For this reason, you may often feel your baby kick when you’re eating lunch or dinner.
What do the kicks feel like?
Different women choose to describe these baby kicks in different ways. At 16 weeks they are very light. They feel like a gentle tap, popcorn popping, a goldfish swimming or butterfly like flutters. As the pregnancy progresses, weeks 24 to 28, the movements become more established and distinguishable. The kicks and jabs can really take you by surprise at times. It may be accompanied by some rolling and squirming too. In addition to these light football kicks you will be able to identify hiccups in the slight twitches your body experiences. There is a decrease in the movements as the pregnancy reaches its homestretch.
So, the first time your little one kicks, pay attention. And when he repeats it again call daddy-to-be to feel it for he sure is missing out on a lot of fun.