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"What did I just feel? Baby kicks or something else" as you confused.

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

The timing for when you will start feeling your baby kicking, also known as fetal movements or "quickening," can vary from person to person and pregnancy to pregnancy. Generally, most pregnant individuals start to feel fetal movements between weeks 18 and 25 of pregnancy, with first-time mothers often feeling them closer to the 25-week mark, and those who have been pregnant before potentially feeling them earlier.

Several factors can influence when you feel those first movements:

  1. Position of the Placenta: If the placenta is located on the front wall of the uterus (anterior placenta), it may act as a cushion and delay your ability to feel the baby's movements.

  2. Number of Pregnancies: Women who have been pregnant before might recognise fetal movements earlier because they are familiar with the sensation.

  3. Baby's Activity: Some babies are more active than others, and their movements can be more pronounced and noticeable.

  4. Mother's Body Size: In some cases, a person's body size and the amount of abdominal fat can affect how early fetal movements are felt.

It's important to note that the feeling of fetal movement can be subtle at first, often described as fluttering or gentle tapping. As your pregnancy progresses, these movements will become more distinct and stronger. If you have any concerns about fetal movement or if you haven't felt any movement by around 25 weeks, it's essential to contact your healthcare provider for guidance and reassurance. They can monitor the pregnancy and ensure that everything is progressing as it should.

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