Knowing when the baby will move in the womb is one of the questions that all women ask ourselves when we are pregnant; and although the fetus moves from about week 7, its movements are almost imperceptible. But don’t worry, because you will start to feel your baby around the sixteenth week of gestation.
You recently did a pregnancy test (in this link you will find several products to analyze) and you discovered that you are going to be a mother. Now, it is normal that during the first days of assimilating this great news, your head is filled with questions about what you should feel, eat and if your baby will be okay. Most of all, we wonder what baby kicks feel like or when he starts to move.
Well, during the first weeks of gestation the fetus is forming, it is an embryo that barely has a shape, so fetal movements are hardly felt. But, you must bear in mind that from the 7th week of pregnancy the baby already begins to show signs that she is there inside your belly, she is floating in your uterus and swinging, spinning in the amniotic fluid.
When does pregnancy begin to be noticed?
As we pointed out earlier, in a belly at 7 weeks of pregnancy, the first characteristics of the embryo can already be observed, its formation is accelerated to give way to the fetus and it already has a more human shape, reaching this state in week eight and at the end of this week, your baby ends the embryonic phase and begins the fetal period, beginning to move without the mother being able to perceive it.
When gestation reaches approximately 12 weeks, your baby is already able to grasp his fingers and after 14 weeks, he has more bone and muscle tissue, his bones are harder and the baby moves actively; mainly, you can see in the ultrasound the suction with his mouth.
So, if you are wondering, from what month does the baby feel? You should know that between the fourth and fifth month of pregnancy is when you start to feel the baby, that is, between weeks 16 and 20 of gestation, being a repetitive sensation until the end of gestation.
In such a way that, in the first weeks of pregnancy, the baby’s movements are not felt because there is no pressure on the uterine wall or on the abdominal muscles, the fetus having ample space to move freely.
What do the baby’s first movements feel like?
If you do a survey among the mothers of your family or your friends, regarding what these movements are like, most will probably tell you that they feel a small tap or bubbling in the lower abdominal part; Others may feel it like a flutter, but these are not the kicks we expect so much, since they begin to be noticed much later, when the pregnancy is more advanced.
However, after 23 weeks of gestation, it is possible to notice the movements of the baby more frequently during pregnancy, since during this time your little one is more active, his muscular development has progressed significantly and the accumulation of fat in his body is older, so you will notice that your fetus moves a lot.
However, pregnancies are different for each woman and therefore there is no exact description of the sensation or when they felt their baby for the first time. Some mothers-to-be are more sensitive and are able to detect their baby much earlier.
In addition, if the mother has had previous pregnancies, she may feel the movements much earlier than a first-time woman, because her abdominal and uterine muscles are no longer as toned, given the dilation that occurred in that first pregnancy.
And how to know if the pregnancy is going well?
As we already indicated, after four months of gestation you will begin to feel your baby actively. And already by the 26th week of gestation, the fetus has startles before different external reactions. For example, if you use a battery, such as the Alesis Compactkit 7 to play music and stimulate the baby, you may feel the battery move at the sounds emitted by said device.
These little kicks that you feel tell you that everything is fine in your womb and that the baby is healthy, according to its development and growth. Additionally, you will begin to notice that when you change your posture, when you sit down or when you stretch, your baby takes the opportunity to hit the wall of your uterus with his legs and arms, having active periods and resting.
My baby moves a lot, what can I do?
Do not be scared, because as your pregnancy progresses, you may notice that the movements are concentrated at certain times of the day and are more frequent and intense. Similarly, maternal nutrition could influence the movements that the baby has, being actively stimulated if you consume a lot of sweets, because glucose increases in the bloodstream, reaching your baby through the placenta and therefore is encouraged to move more frequently, albeit for short periods.
Remember that these movements of the fetus are not dangerous for him, they are an excellent training for his head, shoulders and spine, given the coordination he needs to move and that he is totally protected inside the amniotic fluid.
On the other hand, it is normal not to notice the baby every day, especially when you are approaching your last weeks of pregnancy, since your little one no longer has enough space to move peacefully, but is still very active in your womb. Even when you have already passed 32 weeks of pregnancy, you may notice that in your abdomen there are small lumps moving from one side to another.
We hope that this post will be very useful to dispel any doubts that may arise regarding your baby’s movements. You already know, in your first pregnancy you will feel your baby around 20 weeks, but in your next pregnancies you will probably perceive her movements much earlier, between the 15th and 16th week of gestation. The important thing is that you are attentive and consult your doctor if you notice something different in your pregnancy.