I am 21 + with my second baby. My ds kicked for the first time around 19-20 weeks, however when I went for my blood test 2 weeks ago, the midwife presumed that I should have been feeling movements for the past few weeks (as early as 14 weeks she said as it's my second and my stomach muscles are probably well and truly fucked slack). Only just realised I'm 21 weeks as I got my 2nd scan letter yesterday and realised I haven't felt anything. I have an impressive bump so something is growing, but should I feel concerned; and if so how long do I leave it before letting my MW know and getting monitored?
I didn't feel mine till I was 22 weeks. He was my 1st but he was never much of a kicker, just laid back and used to wriggle now and again. People used to freak me out and say I should have knees and elbows prodding me but that never happened and I was overdue in the end. Saying all that he is a laid back baby. I wouldn't worry to much but to reasure us we bought a Doppler to listen to the heartbeat. All the best
Anything up to 24 weeks is considered normal for kicks, even in a second pregnancy. Do you know yet where your placenta is? Anterior placenta can delay feeling kicks up to as late as 28 weeks.
If your at all worried though see the MW and she can listen in. They're still relatively small at this stage so they can be kicking away without it reaching the outside or kicking against the placenta or your back.
Do you know if the placenta's anterior? If it is it could just be that the baby's kicking that instead of you. I agree if the old 'sit back with some ice cream' trick doesn't work, contact your midwife.
It can feel like trapped wind or like little bubbles popping inside of you. DS and DD both had a love of stomping on my cervix - I know that's not what they were doing but it's what it felt like! It can also feel like the butterflies you get in your tummy when you go over a hill/bump in the road or like something rolling inside of you. At 20 weeks the uterus is just below your belly button so all the movements will be fairly low down. Early on I found that lying on my back or side was the easiest way to feel something.
Also anterior placenta won't affect delivery, etc. It can mean movements are slightly cushioned but I had anterior placenta with DS and I have anterior placenta this time and I feel more movement this time round.
The difference between movements with an anterior or posterior placenta can be vast. With an anterior placenta they can be so well cushioned behind it that you just don't feel much at all until 24 weeks or later. They make up for it later on though once they can reach above/below/round it and sometimes all at once.
If the placenta is anterior, it's anterior. It's attached at the front and won't move. It's no reason to worry at all. Babies do like to face the placenta though so you are slightly more likely to have a baby who is back to back throughout pregnancy. Obviously this can stay the same during delivery, but the same is true of a posterior placenta. And you are still more likely to have a baby who is back to front even if you have an anterior placenta. And obviously plenty of women delivery back to back babies normally. It's really not a problem at all, just cushions movements significantly and very marginally increases the chance of the baby being op.
DS was OP in labour after being correctly positioned from 36 weeks onwards, he swung around partway through labour and wouldn't budge, I still had a vaginal delivery though. He was my first so I don't have a frame of reference to say whether or not my labour was any harder than that of a non-OP baby.
Just to add that I am 21 weeks and have an anterior placenta as well. I feel some movement, but usually only when I lay on my back and it is very very light. I had an anterior placenta with DD as well and I finally felt strong kicks at about 24 weeks.