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Baby Development By Trimester

Baby Development By Trimester

When will I be able to feel my baby move?

Although your baby probably began moving around eight weeks, if this is your first pregnancy you may not feel her move until you reach about 18 to 22 weeks, or longer. (Some women describe the sensation as a "gentle fluttering" that feels like bubbles, butterflies or gas.)

If this is your second or third pregnancy, you might feel movement earlier, at about 16 to 18 weeks. This may be because you've been through pregnancy before and can recognize the subtle movements your baby makes earlier. Around the 24th week, you may feel a rhythmic, jerking sensation if your baby gets the hiccups.

"In the second and third trimesters, parents can get their first sense of their baby's personality as they watch it not only move its arms and legs, but also open and close its mouth, turn its head from side to side, and even occasionally suck its fingers or wink," say Dr. Benson. Click here to see videos of babies moving on their site, Your Developing Baby.

How often your baby moves varies from woman to woman, baby to baby and even time of day, but you should probably expect to feel her move several times a day. If you're worried, try lying down, resting and focusing on your baby at a time of day when she's normally active. If it's been a day or more since you last felt movement, contact your caregiver just to help put your mind at ease.