When Will I Feel My Baby?
Your little one is already moving his arms and legs, flexing and stretching and swimming around inside your belly. But, because he’s still so tiny, you can’t feel any of these movements just yet. When you do, it’ll be incredibly exciting—maybe even more exciting than hearing that first little heartbeat. You already know he’s in there, but actually feeling that life inside you will be breathtaking.
So, when will I feel my baby?You’ll probably start to feel fluttery movements, called “quickening,” somewhere between 18 and 25 weeks (or earlier, if this isn’t your first pregnancy). These feel sort of like bubbles popping and, at first, it may be hard to tell the difference between your baby rolling around and the burbling of your lunch being digested. But, before long, you’ll become a pro at telling an elbow to your ribcage (kinda hurts) from a foot on your bladder (really gotta pee!).
When is baby most likely to move?
All babies are different, but for the most part, you can expect your little one to be rocked to sleep as you move about your day. You’ll be more likely to notice movement:
- When you’re sitting still
- Once you’ve settled down in bed for the night
- After you’ve eaten
- When you’re nervous or frightened