When Does Movement Start in Pregnancy – More FAQs?

When do you feel some tiny movements of your baby for the first time during pregnancy? As well we know that these first little movements (also often described as flutters /usually called as ‘quickening’) are one of the most exciting things when you are being pregnant. It is very common and normal to experience them during pregnancy, even they also can be a good sign that your baby is continuously developing and will help you feel closer to your baby!

Since these first kicking movements are very tiny, there is no exact answer for the time of this symptom to occur for the first time. Some women report that they feel it in the end of first trimester /early weeks of second trimester, while others have it earlier or later. But which one of the most common time when it occurs for the first time?

What do these tiny movements feel like?

There are some different opinions to describe this kind of symptom. Some pregnant women describe it as a movement of butterflies fluttering or goldfish swimming, while other say that if feels like tumbling motion or popcorn popping or nervous twitches.

At first, you may suppose that these tiny movements are due to hunger pains or the amount of gas in your belly or other internal motions. But once you feel them more regularly, you will be familiar to this symptom (you will be able to distinguish between the movements of your baby and other movements due to different reasons).

In general, you will notice this symptom more clearly as the age of your pregnancy. If this pregnancy is your first time, you may be slightly difficult to notice the symptom for the first time.

But for veteran moms or if this is your second or even your third pregnancy, you should more clearly understand to feel these flutters. In other words most veteran moms are more likely to know and feel this symptom earlier during pregnancy than others who have their pregnancy for the first time.

Why does this symptom occur?

Babies need to stretch and flex their limbs as they continuously develop and grow. As the age of your pregnancy, you will begin to notice more obvious flutters – like rolling, kicking, & punching. Your baby may also respond a condition of when you are at uncomfortable position.

Sometimes, you may also notice more flutters after eating certain foods. This is reasonable since there are also some foods that may make your baby to move more during pregnancy.

How often should your fetus move during pregnancy?

A few flutters usually occur in the early pregnancy. And as mentioned before, you will feel the stronger /vigorous kicks and more movement in line with the growth of fetus. The baby can move for up to 30 times /hour at early weeks of third trimester – according to some recent studies.

Some pregnant women report that they are more likely to feel and notice this kind of movement when they are sitting /lying quietly. Furthermore, there are also certain times of the day when baby moves more frequent as he/she alternates between sleep and alertness.

baby_movement_flutters_during_pregnancy_illustrationThe interval time between 9 PM & 1 AM is usually the most active movement. Some experts believe that there is a link between the changes of blood sugar levels and this elevated surge. In many cases, babies also can respond to touch, sounds, or even your emotions.

So, do you now have the clearly answer of when does the movement start in pregnancy for the first time? Keep reading, the following are more pieces of information about the timeline of the first fetus movement week-by-week!

The first baby movement during pregnancy week by week!

As written before, there is a wide range of time for when the flutters can be noticed by pregnant women for the first time. Generally, many pregnant women begin to feel them about 16 to 25 weeks after their conception.

Veteran moms usually can feel the flutters earlier (after about 13-16 weeks). In other words, you may notice them earlier if this is not your first pregnancy. But you may feel them later (probably more than 25 weeks after you conceive) if you have the pregnancy for the first time.